The warm weather ushers in some great events in Washington, D.C. From seasonal festivals to outdoor art exhibits, D.C. really comes alive in the Summer. Part of that summer fun are the summer concerts big and small, expensive and free. These are the best free summer concerts in Washington, D.C.
White Ford Bronco
The Yards Park
355 Water St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 465-7080

Date: July 31, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

In the last few years, D.C.’s southwest waterfront neighborhood has completely transformed. It has become a destination for not only the baseball stadium, but for dining, nightlife and other activities. Including Yards Park, a beautifully designed park with a waterfall, light sculpture, performance space and more. That performance space is used for the Friday Night Concert Series. From May to September, locals and visitors can go down to the park on Friday nights for some live music. On July 31, local band White Ford Bronco will be hitting the stage. White Ford Bronco is a 90s only band, playing music from all genres during the decade. Look forward to a fun Flashback Friday.

Jazz In The Garden
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
6th & Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 289-3360

Dates: May 22 – Aug. 28, 2015; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

There are summer events in D.C. that are so anticipated that they are often sold out or crowded immediately. These local traditions make for vibrant summer nights in the city. One of these events is Jazz in the Garden at the Pavilion Cafe in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Friday nights from May to August, you can enjoy live jazz of varying styles right there in the garden from Brazilian Jazz to funk. People rush down to the garden for a great spot, or a spot at all. Pack a picnic, get there early and enjoy some live jazz.

Summer Concert Series
Carter Barron Amphitheatre
4850 Colorado Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 426-0486

Rock Creek Park is Washington, D.C.’s most popular and recognizable park. Nestled in the forest of Rock Creek Park is the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. For over half a century, the amphitheater has been the venue for the presentation of international musicians, theater, dance and national acts. Everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Richard Pryor performed on the stage. Today the amphitheater is still a destination for people looking for a great night of entertainment. During the summer you can attend a range of concerts both paid and free. Lookout for this year’s schedule.

Related: Best Jazz Bands In Washington, D.C.

Millennium Stage
John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Dates: Every evening at 6:00 p.m.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a national institution and historic site. Hundreds of tourists visit the venue everyday. Opera, musicals, plays, orchestras, educational programs and more, the Kennedy Center is the largest arts organization in the city. There are several must see performances at the venue every day, but sometimes they are too expensive or are sold out. But you can still catch a wonderful show at the Kennedy Center and for free. The Millennium Stage presents a free show every day at 6 p.m. Acts vary between international musicians, comedians, dancers to local bands and artists. These performances can fill up fast as well, so make sure you plan ahead.

Las Cafeteras
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5100

Date: July 8, 2015 at 7 p.m.

The Music Center at Strathmore is one of the youngest venues in the area, but has become a favorite. Between being the home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra, National Philharmonic and more, Strathmore is a favorite amongst classical enthusiasts. But it is also presents Broadway and pop legends, international acts and rising stars. During the summer they host a concert series featuring a variety of acts. Including Las Cafeteras, a Afro-Latin band from Los Angeles who mix genres and incorporate little known instruments. Featured on NPR’s World Cafe, the band is making a name for themselves.

Related: Best Up-And-Coming Washington, D.C. Bands Of 2014

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on