DC Summer Music Scene

Written by Jordan Hardy, Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Services Program Advisor

It’s time to face the music, and who doesn’t love a good concert?

Washington, DC is a music and festival hub. The city is constantly bustling with bands responsible for that catchy tune you just can’t stop singing, and it also welcomes classic talent and stage acts that have entertained the world for years. From ethnic and cultural festivals, to musicals, to rap and country concerts, this city never has a dull moment and caters to any interest.

You may be wondering where to find the popular spots. Check out the suggestions below:

• The daily free print publication Express is a good source for all things music and festival related. Listed after the most pressing headlines are the concert line-ups for the weekend, usually appearing in the Thursday issue.

• Have a favorite band or artist? Check their website regularly for upcoming tour dates!

• Thingstododc.com is a popular entertainment resource for young people in the Washington, DC area. Skim the website when you’re looking for something fun and unique to do in your free time!

Here are a few recommended hot spots for young people in Washington, DC along with some of their summer offerings and links to their websites for more information:


National Gallery of Art– Jazz in the Garden, Fridays at 5:30pm

Jiffy Lube Live Arena– Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, KISS, Slightly Stoopid

Verizon Center– Cold Play, Cirque du Soleil

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts– Hot Chelle Rae, The Wizard of Oz

John F. Kennedy Center– Memphis

9:30 Club– Eric Hutchinson, Jukebox the Ghost

Black Cat– Futurebirds, These United States

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