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Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2023: Know Before You Go!

You got questions? The Rosslyn BID has answers! Read on to learn more about the do's, don'ts, tips, and tricks to make your Rosslyn Jazz Fest experience great this Saturday, Sept. 9 at Gateway Park.



Parking at Rosslyn Jazz Fest is limited, so we strongly encourage you to take one of the many modes of public transportation that run through Rosslyn!

If you do plan to drive, parking will be available for $5 (CASH ONLY) at the Atlantic Garage (entrance on N. Moore next to Continental Beer Garden). On the event day, the garage will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is also paid street parking throughout the neighborhood.

Please note the following road closures from approximately 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 9:

  • EB Langston Boulevard from Fort Myer Drive to N. Moore Street
  • Fort Myer Drive access road from 19th Street N. to N. Moore Street

Public Transportation

The Rosslyn Metro Station is less than a 5-minute walk to Gateway Park, and is served by the Orange, Silver, and Blue Metro lines. There are also numerous buses, including the Arlington ART, Metrobus and D.C. Circulator, that make stops close to the park! Find more public transportation information, including routes and timing, here.


We recommend marking your drop-off location as Happy Eatery or &pizza (1800 N. Lynn). Both are just one block south of Gateway Park and avoid day-of festival road closures.

Biking, Walking, and More!

For a personal-powered option to get to Jazz Fest, grab a bike from Capital Bikeshare and dock at one of our many area bike racks. Rosslyn is also accessible via the Mount Vernon and Custis Trails, making it easy to bike, run, walk, or roll your way to Jazz Fest!


What is your bag policy?

All bags are subject to search. We recommend carrying minimal bags to ensure maximum fun! 

What items are prohibited? 

  • No tents or golf umbrellas. Personal tote-sized umbrellas are permitted.  
  • No glass. No outside alcoholic beverages. (Beer, wine, hard seltzer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at Jazz Fest.)
  • No open flame or grills
  • No balloons, confetti, or fireworks
  • No amplified music
  • No solicitation, distributing literature, flyers, etc.
  • No professional cameras (with a removable lens), or recording devices.
  • No laser pointers, weapons, or selfie sticks.
  • No tobacco products, vapes, or electronic cigarettes. To smoke, please exit Gateway Park away from food trucks.

Are pets allowed?

Well-behaved pets are allowed, but must be on a leash at all times. Please clean up after your pet and properly dispose of all pet waste.

Will alcohol be sold?

Yes! Please visit one of the three bars at Gateway Park where beer, wine, and hard seltzer will be sold.  Please enjoy responsibly!

Can I bring food and/or drink?

Food from local Rosslyn restaurants is encouraged! Visit our Dining Page to see nearby restaurants and place an order. Outside non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at Jazz Fest.

Can I bring a lawn chair or blanket?

Standard lawn chairs and small blankets are permitted. Please be courteous of your neighbors and only occupy enough room for your personal space.

Are restrooms available on-site?

Gateway Park has restrooms, and there will also be additional porta potties on-site.

Do you accept cash?

Rosslyn Jazz Fest is a cashless event.

Are Jazz Fest T-Shirts available?

Limited T-Shirts will be available on-site, however you can purchase your shirt online here!

When do the gates open for Jazz Fest?

Gateway Park will open for Jazz Fest at 12 p.m. Please enter at Langston & Ft. Myer Drive or Langston and N. Moore Street. The first performer will start at 1 p.m.

What time are each of the acts?

1:00 p.m. DuPont Brass / 2:20 p.m. Oh He Dead / 3:45 p.m. Pedrito Martínez Group / 5:30 p.m. Galactic featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph

*Set start times are subject to change.

When will Jazz Fest end?

Galactic is the Rosslyn Jazz Fest headliner and will wrap up at 7 p.m. Visit our local restaurants afterward to keep the fun going!

Where can I get food and drink nearby after the event?

Whether you're in the mood for an outdoor patio with an extensive beer and cocktail list, a quick bite to-go, or a food hall with options galore, Rosslyn has what you're looking for! Many restaurants in the area are open until 8 p.m. or later, so check out our dining page to see the selections.

Head to Assembly for a special Jazz Fest After Party from 6 p.m. to close, with a live performance from Azil Rain!*

*This is not a Rosslyn BID sponsored event

Is there re-entry?

Yes, re-entry is allowed.

Can children attend Jazz Fest?

Yes! People of all ages are able to attend this family-friendly event.

Do you have a dress code?

We do not have a specific dress code, but shoes and shirts are required.

Do you have a lost and found?

Lost and found will be at the Rosslyn BID Event Information Tent, located near the main entrance. After the event, you can email to see if your lost item has been turned in. Please note: The Rosslyn BID isn’t responsible for lost or stolen items; we will try to reunite you with your belongings if they are turned in.

Is Gateway Park ADA accessible?

Yes, the park is for all to enjoy. 

Is there a capacity limit at Gateway Park?

Capacity numbers will be monitored throughout the day. In the event of reaching capacity, we will stagger entry into the park. This is for the safety and security of all individuals.

What happens if there is inclement weather?

Jazz Fest is held rain or shine. In the event of thunder and/or lightning, guests will be encouraged to seek shelter until the weather clears. The performance may be suspended or canceled at the discretion of the event organizer. Please stay connected to our social media for day-of updates.

Who should I tag in my Jazz Fest photos? 

We’d love to see pictures from your Jazz Fest experience! Make sure to follow @RosslynVA and use the hashtag #RosslynJazz.

What is expected of guests at the venue?

Guests must comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and standards of conduct and must behave courteously and respectfully.  Guests must abide by instructions provided by venue staff and security personnel regarding all aspects of the event experience. We reserves the right to refuse admission, eject, and/or ban for future events or into perpetuity any person who fails to comply with instructions from venue staff and/or security personnel; whose conduct is, in venue management’s sole discretion, discourteous, disrespectful, and/or unsafe; and/or whose conduct fails to comply with these policies or any of the venue’s other rules, regulations, policies, and standards of conduct.


Rosslyn Ambassadors (who will be dressed in purple Rosslyn uniforms) as well as Arlington County Police will be on-site to manage security. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. 

Vendor Inquiries

Vendor needs for 2023 Jazz Fest have been filled. 

For all other questions, please email

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