Capital Jazz Fest is a popular outdoor festival held every June at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Washington, DC. Held since 1993, Capital Jazz Fest attracts about 20,000 attendees and features over 30 live acts during three days. Guests can enjoy contemporary jazz at the Pavilion Stage as well as R&B and soul at the Symphony Woods Stage.
The diverse lineup of Capital Jazz Fest features American jazz legends like George Benson as well as international artists. Past lineups included Moonchild, Fantasia, Shanice, Eric Benet, Chante Moore, Joe, Kevin Ross, Teedra Moses, Raquel Rodriguez, Corinne Bailey Rae, Robert Glaspe, Jarrod Lawson, Ken Ford, Tamia, Stokley, Will Downing, Marcus Miller, Eric Robrerson, Avery*Sunshine, and Mariea Antoinette.
In addition to the main event, Capital Jazz Fest hosts an official After-Party at the Live! Casino & Hotel with more jazz and legendary DJs as well as Late Night Soul at The Casino event. Tickets for hotel events and parties are offered separately. Attendees can also enjoy a unique shopping experience at the Marketplace with craft vendors, culinary treats at the food court, and meet & greet with the artists.