Summer Music Festivals

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You’ll find free and/or budget-friendly music festivals throughout the summer in Washington, DC, which reflect DC’s rich arts and culture scene. Audiences are constantly marveling at the eclectic artists, unique events and acclaimed entertainers that regularly perform in and around DC.

Music festivals in the Washington, DC and surrounding areas are highlights of the summer. Music festivals in the District have the unique venue of the Capital as a back drop, but venues in Maryland and Virginia offer more space to sprawl out.

The area offers more that 100 performances in more than 50 venues across DC, Maryland and Virginia. One of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation is the DC Jazz Festival which is by far the largest music festival in Washington, DC.

Stadiums and concert halls in the District and surrounding serve as venues for radio stations big music festivals such as DC101’s Chilli Cook-Off and WPGC’sRock the Dock Summer Series.

Washington DC Music Festivals

2013 DC Jazz Festival

Entering its 9th year as Washington, DC’s largest Music Festival, The DC Jazz Festival kicks off on June 5, 2013- June 16, 2013. This DC Jazz Festival finds itself on the list of events that mark the unofficial beginning of summer.

DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) attracts jazz enthusiast from around the world to Washington DC each year to see performances in some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including The John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Hamilton Live, and the Howard Theatre, are among the nearly 60 participating venues.

DC Jazz Festival also prides itself on the work done throughout the year with year-round jazz education programs and concerts for DC students and residents featuring local, national as well as internationally-acclaimed artists at DC venues across the city. In addition, the Festival’s mission includes promoting music integration in school curricula, and supporting outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts.

Highlighted Events:
-          June 5 – 15 - The Hamilton Live
-          June 5-15 - Jazz in the ‘Hoods
-          June 9 - From Bongos to Bagels: Falafel, Frijotos, Mambo & Borscht
-          June 14 - Jazz Meets the Latin Classics.
-          June 15 - The Roots
-          Dates to Be Announced - Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days

21st Annual Capital Jazz Festival- June 7-9, 2013

Maryland Music Festivals

Maryland Deathfest- May 23-26, 2013- Heavy Metal

Federal Hill Jazz, Blues, Arts and Wine Festival- June 2, 2013

Moonrise Festival- June 8-9, 2013-House/Electro

Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival- June 15-Sept 14, 2013

Virginia Music Festivals

36th Annual Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival- May 27, 2013