With the warm weather comes the opportunity for alfresco concert going. Being able to watch a performance while basking in the sun or under twinkly stars can greatly enhance a performance. The Washington D.C. area is home to some of the country’s top outdoor music venues, and here are five that will not disappoint.
Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1900
www.wolftrap.org

Since its first performer took the stage in 1971, Wolf Trap’s Filene Center has hosted thousands of the the world’s top artists. Located just three miles from the Capital Beltway, the outdoor amphitheater is operated by a partnership between the the National Park Service and the non-profit Wolf Trap Foundation. The venue seats 7,000 with approximately half of the seats under cover and the other half on a sloping lawn. Outside food and drink (including alcohol) is allowed. In addition, there are spaces in the park available for rent for pre-performance gatherings. Upcoming summer performances include Cyndi Lauper & Boy George, Paul Simon and The Band Perry.

Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550
www.merriweathermusic.com

“Fodor’s Travel” has ranked Merriweather Post Pavilion among the top outdoor music venues in the U.S. Located on 40-acres of preserved land midway between D.C. and Baltimore, the venue was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry and has capacity for nearly 20,000 patrons. Merriweather’s annual schedule of concerts is an eclectic mix of genres, and it plays host to a number of music festivals, including the annual Capital Jazz Festival. Outside food is permitted, but not beverages. Jason Aldean, The Cure and Train are just a few of the artists scheduled for this summer.

Carter Barron Amphitheatre
4850 Colorado Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 426-0486
www.nps.gov

Tucked away among the trees in Rock Creek Park, the Carter Barron Amphitheatre has been open since 1950. Operated by the National Park Service, the rustic outdoor venue has seating for 4,000. Outside snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. Each summer, the amphitheatre traditionally hosts a series of concerts, including a classic soul night, a reggae night and a jazz night.

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Nationals Park
1500 S.Capitol St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287
www.washington.nationals.mlb.com

Known primarily as the home to Washington, D.C.’s Nationals baseball team, Nationals Park stadium frequently serves as an outdoor music venue. With seating for up to 40,000+, the stadium is by far the largest concert space in the nation’s capital. No outside food or beverages are permitted. On July 30, Billy Joel will perform at the stadium, which will be the legendary performer’s third time playing at Nationals Park.

Jiffy Lube Live
7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
(703) 754-6400
www.bristowamphitheater.com

Located 35 miles west of D.C., Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion) was opened in 1995. The outdoor amphitheater has seating for 25,000, with 10,000 reserved seats and lawn seating for 15,000. Outside food is allowed, but no beverages. Jiffy Lube Live’s summer schedule will include performances by Daryl Hall & John Oats, Luke Bryan, Dave Matthews Band and Black Sabbath.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets. http://www.examiner.com/wine-and-spirits-travel-3-in-washington-dc/troy-petenbrink