Breaking: “Jazz in the Garden is BACK”!!

courtesy NGA

From a press release:

“DC’s favorite summer concert series is back! Every Friday from May 20 through July 22, our Sculpture Garden will come alive with musical performances ranging in style from jazz to Afro-Cuban and bluegrass.

On concert days, the Sculpture Garden will close from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.; gates will reopen at 5:00 p.m. and concerts will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Registration is free but required for all attendees ages 2 and up. Registration opens at noon one week before each concert.

Highlights from this season include several award-winning artists in a variety of genres. Pedrito Martinez, widely recognized as the leading percussionist in Afro-Cuban music, performs on June 3. Grammy-nominated Daniel Ho performs with his band on June 10. Delfeayo Marsalis, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and part of the famed Marsalis family, brings his trombone to the Sculpture Garden on July 1. Ho and Marsalis also appear in this season of the National Gallery’s first podcast, Sound Thoughts on Art, in which guests respond musically to a work of art in our collection.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is located on the north side of the National Mall. Entrances are located at 7th Street NW, 9th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, and Madison Drive NW.


May 20
Nataly Merezhuk
Jazz Violin

Registration opens May 13 at noon

May 27
Martha Redbone Roots Project

Registration opens May 20 at noon

June 3
Pedrito Martinez

Registration opens May 27 at noon

June 10
Daniel Ho
New Hawaiian and Contemporary Instrumental

Registration opens June 3 at noon

June 17
Bombay Rickey
Global Psychedelia

Registration opens June 10 at noon

June 24
Caique Vidal & Batuque

Registration opens June 17 at noon

July 1
Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet
Funky Fun

Registration opens June 24 at noon

July 8
Althea Rene
Soul-Jazz Flute

Registration opens July 1 at noon

July 15
Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra

Registration opens July 8 at noon

July 22

Registration opens July 15 at noon

More information on each performance is available at

Concerts may be canceled due to excessive heat or inclement weather. In the event of a cancellation, visitors who have reserved passes will receive an email. Weather-related updates are also available on the National Gallery’s website and social media, or by calling 202.842.6997. Further questions can be emailed to [email protected].

Refreshments from the Pavilion Café

Visitors may purchase refreshments from a special menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets inside the Pavilion Café and at pop-up bars throughout the Sculpture Garden. A variety of beverages, including beer, wine, the crowd-favorite sangria, and sodas, are also available for sale. While visitors are welcome to provide their own picnics, outside alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited and are subject to confiscation.”

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