Summertime brings a variety of free concerts to the Washington DC area. So, pack a picnic, grab your lawn chairs and head outdoors to listen to great local music. Here are some suggestions of places to find free concerts.
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In Northern Virginia - Page 3
In Washington, DC
Military Band Concerts
The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force bands perform on alternating days at a variety of destinations throughout the summer. Just about every night of the season you can find a free concert.
(West Front), National Mall. Military Bands perform throughout the summer. (See details above) Special concerts are also held in honor of Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day.
U.S. Navy Memorial
7th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The U.S. Navy Band performs on the Navy Memorial Plaza at 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
7th St, and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC. Jazz in the Garden is held every Friday evening.
Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue
National Building Museum Lawn, 401 F Street NW Washington, DC. Enjoy Texas-style barbecue and live music every Thursday through Saturday evening.
Music on the Mall
7th and Jefferson Dr. NW Washington DC. Lunchtime concerts are held on the National Mall on Tuesdays throughout the summer.
Washington Harbour - Georgetown
K Street NW. Washington DC. A variety of local bands perform on the plaza along the Potomac waterfront on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.
Carter Barron Amphitheatre
16th Street & Colorado Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. A wide range of music is performed throughout the summer.
Yards Park, Washington, DC. Enjoy a variety of concerts on Friday evenings throughout the summer.
NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue)
Union Center Plaza, at 810-840 First Street, NE. Washington DC. Free lunchtime concerts are performed on Thursdays throughout the summer.
7th Street & North Carolina Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. Enjoy a sampling of the Washington area's best blues, bluegrass, jazz, swing, and international musicians. Sundays in May and June, and returning in September and October.
Art Soiree Sunset Rooftop Concerts
Beacon Sky Bar, 1615 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC. Thursday evenings at 8 p.m., May through October. Local musicians and bands of various genres perform. Free performances, advance online reservations required.
Fort Dupont Summer Theatre
Fort Dupont Park, Minnesota Ave. and Randle Circle, SE, Washington, DC. Jazz concerts are Saturdays at 6 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Free concerts offered at lunchtime at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building.
Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC. Indian Summer Showcase, a summer evening concert series outside the museum's main entrance on the Welcome Plaza, features Native music from throughout the Americas.
St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. Washington DC. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents a free summer performance series featuring a variety of local artists to appeal to all ages.
For Free Summer Concerts in Maryland, see page 2
For Free Summer Concerts in Virginia, see page 3