Jazz in the garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Discovering inexpensive after-hours entertainment in Washington, D.C. can prove challenging. You can spend weeks, or even months, knocking off the museums, yes, but do you want to spend all your hours inside? Sure, you can walk to all the outdoor memorials, but at some point your feet need a break – and your tired brain craves a different sort of stimulation — like some music or a sculpture garden.
So don’t miss Jazz in the Garden: Annual free jazz concerts in the stupendous Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. Let me repeat, free jazz in Washington D.C. Entering its 19th season in 2019, the series includes many genres of jazz to suit all tastes.
Every Friday, from about May through August – so mark you calendar now for next year — the 6.1-acre garden opens its gates to music from 5-8:30 p.m. while its café also offers a grab-and-go concert menu (with adult beverages). You can also bring your own picnic to Jazz in the Garden, but not alcohol. Rest assured, you can buy beer, wine and yes, delicious sangria on site.
Be forewarned, Jazz in the Garden concerts are popular events for all ages, as well as groups, couples and families. The lawns and benches are spread with blankets early, taking up nearly every square inch of space, especially under all the canopies of trees if it is a warm day. You will find folks dipping their bare feet in the fountain (sitting around it – no swimming allowed!), while others dance in the walkways.
Jazz in the Garden is a Friday evening party that is at its best on a warm summer evening.