Jazz in the Sculpture Garden is a wonderful way to spend a summer Friday evening. This weekly celebration runs from 5 - 8:30pm in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden and features talented jazz artists from Washington and around the country.
This free event offers a full bar as well as beer and sangria stations set up all around the fountain. For $5.50 you get a large tumbler of the on-all-other-occasions too sweet concoction that tastes surprisingly refreshing when combined with the music, late afternoon sun, and fantastic people watching. If I was having this drink in a bar, I would probably hate it, but when you combine it with the atmosphere it is a summer happy hour must, and provides just the right amount of relaxation in a plastic cup. Food is also available for purchase, but given the proximity to a half dozen great restaurants, I have never tried it. It does look decent though, and patrons are also allowed to bring in their own snacks.
This weekly event brings out all types of people, young and old, with toddlers running about, young couples holding hands, and elegant seniors dancing and drawing applause from the crowd. It is a great way to to ease into the weekend and leave the frenetic stress of the workweek behind.
This past Friday was my first jazz appearance this year though because of the endless Fridays of 90-100 degree temperatures. The garden gets sun all evening, which means your enjoyment of this event is inversely proportional to the temperature.
And upon leaving the Garden to meet B for a late dinner downtown (review to come), this site greeted me on Pennsylvania Avenue, where it appeared the city was also relaxing and ready for the weekend. Sigh...until next Friday.