Now that the calendars officially tell us it's summer (even though the thermometer did that a while ago!) we can start talking about all things outdoors! One of the best ways to spend an evening in the District in the summer months is to grab a blanket and a bottle of wine and hit up one of the numerous (mostly free) summer concert series. To make ti easy for ya, we rounded up our personal favorites. If there are any must-see concert series we missed, please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy music-ing, loves!
Friday Night Concert Series: What better way to ring in the weekend, than a Friday night outdoor concert with loads of good views, food, beverages, music and company? Did we mention it's free?? The Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series is back for its 7th Season on the Yard Park Boardwalk from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Friday through September 11. Although the series is already in full swing, a number of acts from Moose Jaw (June 23), Jah Works (June 30), The Reagan Years (July 7) and more still remain.
Jazz in the Gardens: Back for its 17th season, Jazz in the Garden returns to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden through August 25. Every Friday from 5 to 8:30 pm you can enjoy local and nationally acclaimed musicians performing a variety of types of jazz– all for free! This truly is a D.C. summer bucket list must-do!
Sunsets with a Soundtrack: It doesn’t get more “D.C.” than this. Fridays through August 25, The U.S Army Band will be performing free concerts. Head to the West Side of the U.S Capitol for a variety of music, all beginning at 8 p.m.
Wolf Trap Summers: Wolf Trap is back again with another killer summer season lineup, filled with numerous notable headliners, exciting shows, phenomenal dancing, and amazing musical acts from a wide range of genres. Although this summer season is well underway, a fantastic amount of acts remain, so grab your blanket, pack your picnic and invite all your friends out for some music filled summer nights. Remaining standout acts include: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (June 26), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (June 29-Jul 2), Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour (Jul 18 & July 19), Aretha Franklin (Jul 29), La La Land in concert performed by the National Symphony Orchestra (Aug 4), Goo Goo Dolls (Aug 8), and The Beach Boys (Aug 20).
Fort DuPont: The 2017 Summer Concert Series schedule has not yet been finalized, but it is expected to be released any day now! Stay tuned.
American Roots Music Concert Series: Stop by The Botanical Gardens this summer on the first and third Thursday of the month, and Celebrate American Roots music. Enjoy music acts ranging from Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz and zydeco at The United States Botanical Gardens. Performances are free and will be held through August outside in the National Garden Amphitheater. Be sure to get there early though, as seats at the amphitheater are first-come, first-served!
Salute the Sunset: Every Saturday through September 23 free performances by bands from the Nation’s Armed Services will be held at National Harbor. The variety of genres performed make Saturdays spent here pleasing for all ages!
WMZQ Fest: Head to Virginia on June 24 for the annual 98.7 WMZQ Fest at Jiffy Lube Live. Lady Antebellum is headlining with performances by Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young as well as side stage performances by newer country performers before the show.
Vans Warped Tour: Entering its 19th year, Vans Warped Tour will once again be making a stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion July 16. A number of fantastic acts ranging from punk-alternative, punk-rock, alternative, hip-hop and more will be in attendance. So grab your Vans and let’s rock out!