Weekend Insights – Dance to Live Jazz on the National Mall – The GW Hatchet
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This annual festival captures the hearts of DC audiences with thrilling music, “social dancing” and live seated performances at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall until the sun goes down.
Fall classes may be underway, but there’s still time to take advantage of the end of summer with these exciting Labor Day weekend events.
Soak up the feel of summer with outdoor events like a walking tour of painted African-American artists, catch jazz performances at an annual family music festival, and take in a sighting rare of exotic birds like cockatoos and falcons.
DC Jazz Fest: Black Broadway Music and Murals Walking Tour
Take a trip down memory lane with DC Jazz Fest’s Jazz in the Hoods educational program, featuring a music-themed mural hosted by author and journalist Briana Thomas. The event is dedicated to prominent African-American jazz artists with DC ties like Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis. The organization recognizes the vitality and stamina that the jazz music genre has had with this tour of the DC art scene. U Street, once known as ‘Black Broadway’, served as a center of nighttime entertainment from the 1920s through the 1950s and, with the help of the Lincoln and Howard Theaters, was a space to amplify story makers black like Ellington, who is among other artists now recognized with a mural.
U Street Northwest. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets start at $40.
Capital Music Festival
This annual festival captures the hearts of DC audiences with thrilling music, “social dancing,” and live performances seated at the National Mall Sylvan Theater until the sun goes down. Round up your covers, friends and favorite shades for a lineup that includes recording artist Aaron K. Gray, an all-female Afro-Brazilian drumming band and a handful of DJs. This charity event for Inner City Music Programs will close the summer with a tribute to Sam “The Man” Burns – a native of DC and house music dj legend that suddenly deceased in 2020.
National Mall Sylvan Theater, Independence Ave SW and 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are free.
Birds in flight
Don’t miss the opportunity to observe a host of birds rarely seen in the neighborhood, including owls, hawks, cockatoos and crows, flying atop the zoo. Whatever the weather in the open green space known as the Great Meadow, the birds will soar overhead as the public sees this engaging sight. Stop by the Birds in Flight show at the historic Smithsonian National Zoo to see bird behaviorist Phung Luu and his exotic birds during this limited-time event, only available through September 5.
National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday to Monday. Free and open to the public.