Best Free Summer Music Events In Washington DC

May 23, 2013 8:00 AM

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Hot town, it’s summer in the city. Forget spending all your time cooped up indoors hovering around your air conditioning unit. Check out this list of best summer music events in Washington DC and get yourself some awesome entertainment for free.

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Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287

Got tickets to a Washington Nationals game? Be sure to hang around after the last pitch and check out one of four free postgame concerts from some of music’s greatest musicians and bands. Featured artists scheduled to perform include Blues Traveler (June 8), Gavin DeGraw (August 31), Thompson Square (July 6) and Montgomery Gentry (September 21). Each concert takes place approximately 15 minutes after the last out of the game. The stage is set up right behind second base, providing an awesome view no matter where you sit. Some fans may even be able to get the chance to party it up on the baseball field. A ticket for that day’s game is required in order to stay for the concert.

Millennium Stage
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8000

The Kennedy Center is well known for its wide variety of performing arts productions, beautiful facility and its arts education program. What may not be as well known is that the performing arts center also provides more than 400 free performances throughout the year. These free concerts and performances take place daily at the Millennium Stage, located in the foyer/main level of the theater. Previous performers include the Souls Rebels Brass Band, NSO Youth Fellows, the US Army Woodwind Quartet and the Dance Metro DC troupe. All performances start promptly at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Visit the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center website for up-to-date performance announcements.

Carter Barron Amphitheatre
Rock Creek Park
16th St. and Colorado Ave.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 426-0486

Take your love of music outdoors. Each summer, the Carter Barron Amphitheater at Rock Creek Park presents a variety of free concerts, festivals, dances and other performing arts events perfect for the entire family. Previous performances include Jazz Night with Akua Allrich, the Jolley Brothers and the Jess Righthand Quintet, the East Coast Dance Concert, the 8th annual DC Poetry in the Park series and the 24th annual DC Blues Festival. Some concerts performed at the amphitheater may require pre-purchased tickets. Visit the Carter Barron Amphitheater website for up-to-date information on this year’s performers.

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National Gallery of Art

4th and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 737-4215

Enjoy the rich sounds of pianists, vocalists and other musical ensembles as you admire the beauty that is the National Gallery of Art. Each year, the art gallery presents a series of concerts that are free to the public. Before you go to a show, be sure to check out the monthly National Gallery of Art podcast which provides “a deeper understanding of all things musical.” Previous performers include the Vienna Piano Trio, the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble and the award winners of the 2013 Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition. Admittance to the concert takes place 30 minutes prior to a show and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Late or re-entry into the gallery is strictly prohibited. Visit the National Gallery of Art website for the latest information of upcoming performances.

The Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-2635

Every Tuesday, the Church of the Epiphany provides a free concert featuring talented local and nationally known singers, bands and other musical artists. Each show features mostly classical musical performances although some shows may feature folk or traditional music as well. Recurring musical guests include the Washington Bach Consort and the Levine School of Music. Previous performers include violinist Marlissa del Cid Woods and pianist Auguste Antonov. Attendance to the show is free though guests are encourage to make a donation in support of that day’s performing artist.

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