The Lake Arbor Jazz Festival at Mitchelville’s Lake Arbor Community Center is one of the region’s best jazz events, featuring a series of contemporary and traditional jazz and R&B artists from across the country. This year, the event will happen from July 12–16th. There are general admission and VIP tickets available, and free parking is open to all attendees. The festival will host over 50 food and merchandise vendors, along with a beer and wine lounge.


Award-winning artists will bring the sizzle with dynamic performances in an outdoor space. Legendary soul and funk band WAR will headline the festival, and other acts will include Special Occasions Band; the Blackbyrds; the Kim Scott, Jazmin Ghent, and Rebecca Jade trio; and the Lake Art Jazz Uncut, featuring Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn, Nicolas Cole, Nathan Mitchell, and Lin Roundtree.


Reserve your tickets for this musical event, then extend your festival fun into a weekend of amusement with this local itinerary:


Stay in one of the many hotels nearby so you can enjoy the entire festival. Book a night at the Residence Inn Largo Medical Center Drive for modern rooms and complimentary breakfast, or choose the Staybridge Suites Washington DC East – Largo for an indoor pool full kitchen, and pet-friendly rooms. Include Wellspring Manor & Spa


Enjoy brunch at Upper Marlboro’s In a Minute Cafe, where you can start your day with waffle platters, fish and cheddar grits, or crab egg rolls. If you pop in for lunch or dinner, you can order the delicious crab cake sandwich, Hennessy wings, or Bourbon grilled Salmon sandwich.


Relax at Transformation Oasis, a spa geared toward men, in Upper Marlboro. Book a manicure, a massage, a facial, or another rejuvenating treatment to get an extra boost during your weekend.


Order soul food from Levi’s Restaurant in Clinton. Stop by for a meal of ribs, chicken, filet of fish, or North Carolina BBQ, all paired with sides like butter beans, fresh collard greens, sweet yams, potato salad, or mac & cheese.


Book tee time at Enterprise Golf Course in Mitchellville, where golfers can play a round on the recently renovated green, practice at the driving range or putting green, and enjoy a drink or meal at the clubhouse.


Hike a portion of the Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis Trail which runs along the site of a former railroad. Electric commuter trains ran along the route from 1908 to 1935, and the trail now runs 5.6 miles from Route 450 in Glenn Dale northeast toward the Patuxent River.