Photo Credit: Wolf Trap Filene Center via Facebook

Photo Credit: Wolf Trap Filene Center via Facebook

Summertime means sunshine, hot weather and even hotter concert shows. When it comes to outdoor concerts, there are plenty of places and shows to choose from in the DC metro area. Whether you prefer the sweet sounds of Motown or are the mood to hear something new, be sure to check out one of these best outdoor concerts to look forward to this summer in the DC area.

Country Megaticket
Jiffy Lube Live
7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136

Date: May 18

The 2013 Country Megaticket grants you access to 20 of country music’s hottest artists all in one convenient location. This awesome package deal includes tickets to eight shows at a totally economical price. Artists scheduled to perform include Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts with special opening acts including Kip Moore, Kix Brooks, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer, Lee Brice, Thompson Square, Chris Young, Thomas Rhett, the Band Perry and Brantley Gilbert. New acts slated to perform include Florida Georgia Line and Love and Theft.

The Temptations and The Four Tops
Wolf Trap Filene Center
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1900

Date: June 27

Take a trip down memory lane and groove to nostalgic tunes like “My Girl,” “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “Just My Imagination” under the stars at the great Wolf Trap amphitheater. The Temptations and the Four Tops have both attained many great achievements and accolades throughout their careers, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and countless music awards. The two musical groups have teamed up to release a joint album, “At Their Very Best,” and are now touring the country to sing many of their greatest hits.

Sweetlife Music Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550

Date: May 11

Catch 17 of the hottest hits in indie music, like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Passion Pit and Kendrick Lamar, and support environmentally friendly practices all at the same time. Sponsored by DC-based Sweetgreen, the Sweetlife Music Festival features awesome sustainability actions including carbon neutral sources of energy, compost stations and recycling for rewards like free posters, sunglasses, skateboards and other concert swag. The festival also features seven distinct locations, including a food market, tavern and a VIP area with cabana lounges and food and drink specials. Ticket proceeds will help support the DC Farm to School Network.

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George Thorogood & Buddy Guy

Pier Six Pavilion
731 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 783-4189

Date: Aug. 13

Who do you love? If the answer is George Thorogood, then be sure to check him out this summer at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. George Thorogood will entertain the crowd with his greatest hits, including “Bad to the Bone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and “I Drink Alone” among many others. The show also features special guest Buddy Guy, said to have been an inspiration to musical greats like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. His superb skills with an electric guitar will seal the deal with the sweet sounds of the Chicago blues. Stone’s hit song “Stone Crazy” was placed on the Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time list.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
National Harbor
137 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745

Date: June 14-15

What better way to spend a summer afternoon than at the National Harbor sipping on beer or bourbon and sampling the area’s best barbecue? That’s exactly what you will get when you swing by the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival. Enjoy live rock and roll, bluegrass and blues music all day long at the main stage, a wide variety of delicious food to choose from plus seminars from the area’s best distillers, brew and pit masters. The festival will also feature a cigar tent, intriguing exhibits and a variety of contests including a beans-eating contest and a Daisy Duke and boots contest.

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