Summer Festivals & Activities

It is the season of summer festivals, outdoor concerts and so much more! The DMV has so many summer activities for families and so many of them are FREE! We’ve compiled a master list of everything going on this summer! Stay tuned for a list of 4th of July activities!


23rd Annual Safeway Barbecue Battle

June 27-28


Pennsylvania Ave. between 9th & 14th Streets NW in Washington DC

The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food & music festivals in the country. Celebrating the art of cooking and the joy of eating, the Battle offers residents of the Greater Washington area and throughout the east coast, the chance to enjoy America’s favorite pastime right here in our National’s Capital. See website for details, attractions, musical entertainment and more!

AFI DOCS Film Festival

June 17-21

AFI DOCS is a five day international documentary film festival that takes place at landmark venues in Washington, DC and the world-class AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the independent film hub of the metropolitan region. With the presence of artists, audience members and political leaders, AFI DOCS shines a bright light on documentary film and harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change.

The festival is the only one of its kind to connect audiences and documentary filmmakers to policy leaders in the seat of our nation’s government.

African American Festival

June 20-21, 2015

Camden Yards, Lots B & C

Lineup: Stephanie Mills, Will Downing, Sheila E, Yazz The Greatest, Brave, Doug E. Fresh, Faith Evans, Tamela Mann, SWV, V Bozeman, Demetira McKinney, Eric Roberson, 4EY The Future

Alexandria Food & Wine Festival

June 27

John Carlyle Square

300 John Carlyle St.

Alexandria, Virginia

The festival is a community-based event featuring tastes of local foods and wine, as well as artisans, a Children’s Corner, and live entertainment. The event transforms Oronoco Bay Park into a lively festival.

Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival

June 6-7

The Festival is a weekend of fine, juried arts and handmade crafts, and wine tastings from over 25 Maryland wineries, smooth jazz all day long, delectable cuisine and activities for the whole family. View the juried works of over 200 of the region’s best artists and craftsmen employing a variety of media including painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, mixed media, printmaking, jewelry, fiber art, glass, wood, leather, metal and photography. Sample wines from more than 25 Maryland wineries in our wine pavilions. Purchase a bottle of wine and relax while listening to smooth jazz all day long. Bring the children, too, for activities in the Kids’ Art area including theatrical, dance, and musical performances on stage.


When: July 17 – July 19, 2015

Where: Baltimore, MD

Lineup: TBD


Capital Jazz Fest

June 5-7

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Lineup: Friday Night Soul: Frankie Beverly & Maze Weekend Line-Up: Boney James, Roy Ayers, Patti Austin, Earl Klugh, Najee, Harvey Mason, featuring Carol Riddick, Kenny G, Jonathan Butler, Michael McDonald, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Chrisette Michele, Ruben Studdard, Deborah Cox, Rahsaan Patterson, Naturally 7, Nick Colionne, José James, James Lloyd, Eric Benét,

Meshell Ndegeocello, Morris Day & The Time, Johnny Gill, Amel Larrieux, Atlantic Starr and more.


Celebrate Fairfax


June 5-7

Kongos, 3 Doors Down

Celebrate Fairfax!, Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration, will take place June 5-7, 2015 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Presented by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc, the annual festival hosts tens of thousands of visitors during the three-day run.

The 25-acre site was magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, and interactive activities. Celebrate Fairfax! showcases live erts on nine stages, ExxonMobil Children’s Avenue, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, carnival rides, and great festival foods. Another fun activity for kids is the Inova Train Ride.

Nightly fireworks, presented by Leidos, are a highlight of the festival, and one of many great family programs. This year’s Bud Light Main Stage will feature top national headline performers who will be announced early next Spring.

Celebrate Gaithersburg

June 14

BBQ Showdown, Dogfish Head Craft Beer Garden, Live Entertainment – The Seldom Scene & More, Butterfly House and more!

The City of Gaithersburg, in Montgomery County, Maryland comes alive each fall with its annual Celebrate Gaithersburg Street Festival, including live music, food, arts & crafts, amusements and more. Children will enjoy interactive theatre, games, demonstrations and amusements. The street festival has traditionally been held in September each year and will be moved to June in 2014. This year’s festival has a special focus on tradition, highlighted by bluegrass bands and a BBQ showdown.

DC Jazz Festival

The DC Jazz Festival is broken down into 4 main stages across DC that showcase jazz’s most acclaimed artists, as well as emerging artists.

Thousands of music lovers flock to the nation’s capital to attend the annual DC Jazz Festival (June 10-16), celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2015. The festival boasts more than 125 performances across dozens of venues throughout the city. There will be several “Main Stages” to explore.

Fairgrounds Country Fest

September 26, 2015

Hagerstown, Maryland

Lineup: Travis Tritt, Craig Wayne Boyd, Jana Kramer, Davisson Brothers Band, Lyndsey Highlander, Joshua Morningstar, Dean Crawford and Dunns River Band

Floydfest 2015

July 22 – July 26, 2015

Floyd, VA

Lineup: Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Brandie Carlile, Emmylou Harris, Drive-by Truckers, Leftover Salmon, Lord Huron, Keller Williams Grateful Grass, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Shovels & Rope, First Aid Kit, Greensky Bluegrass, Keller Willams, Sam Bush Band, Trigger Hippy, The Devil Makes Three, Jerry Douglas Presents the Earl of Leicester, Peter Rowan’s Twang ‘An Groove, Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Oh Hello’s, Jeff Austin Band, The Larry Keel Exprience, Keller and the Keels, Swamp Candy, Driftwood, Dark Side of the Mountain, Annabelle’s Curse, Fear of Music, American Aquarium, Folk Soul Revival, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Pitchblak Brass Band, The Tillers, Blair Crimmons & The Hookers, Miss Tess and The Talkbacks, Dustbowl Revival, Selasee and the Fafa Family and more to be announced.

French Festival

July 11

Enjoy live dance and music performances by New York Baroque Dance Company and Kevin Shannon. Join in the whimsical antics of fictitious French Nobles performed by Happenstance Theater. Take part in French-inspired games and art projects. And so much more!

4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC

Fringe Festival 2015

July 9 – August 2

For 18 days every July, the annual Capital Fringe Festival creates a city filled with non-stop theatre, dance, music, visual art, and everything in-between. Audiences enjoy nonstop, creative cultural experiences and artists develop their artistic visions in total freedom without any curatorial barriers from bringing that work to adventurous audiences. Our city is enriched as art takes over neighborhoods, animating the spaces of our city — from traditional theaters to corner bars and vacant storefronts.

Green Festival

The Green Festival is a consumer show in Washington DC focusing on sustainability education and green products and services. More than 300 exhibitors will showcase a wide range of products, services and resources in all things earth-friendly – from organic food, fashion, health, children’s toys and pet care to eco-travel, energy and transportation. Three days of activities, workshops and special presentations educate the public on healthy lifestyle choices, including The Green Kids Zone, where youngsters can enjoy recycled crafts and educational exhibits, culinary workshops featuring delicious vegetarian cuisine, a robust schedule of yoga classes, an organic food court and beer and wine garden.

June 5-7

Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place NW Washington, DC

The Closest Metro Station is Mount Vernon Square

Hot August Blues and Roots Festival

When: August 15, 2015

Where: Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD

Lineup: Counting Crows, Punch Brothers, Railroad Earth, Shakey Graves, Infamous Stringdusters, The Revivalists, Cabinet, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Sligo Creek Stompers, Jarekus Singleton, Marah, June Star, Dennis Jones


Imagination Bethesda

June 6

The festival takes place on Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda.

A children’s street festival, celebrating the arts! Celebrate children, art, and all things fun at the 21st annual Imagination Bethesda. The festival takes place on Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda. Activity tents line the streets, face painters bring butterflies and pirates to life, a stage of live entertainment will have the whole street dancing and more!

Enjoy this FREE family fun day!

Landmark Music Festival

When: September 26 & 27, 2015

Where: West Potomac Park, Washington, DC

Lineup: Drake, The Strokes, alt-J, Chvrches, Ben Howard, Chromeo, Band of Horses, The War on Drugs, George Ezra, Nate Ruess, Lord Huron, Wale, The Kills, Twin Shadow, The Lone Bellow, Dr. Joh & The Nite Trippers, Dan Deacon, Houndmouth, The Jor Formidable, Daughter, Albert Hammond Jr., Rhiannon Giddens, Ex Hex, The Mowgli’s, boots, In the Valley Below, Rebirth Brass Band, U.S. Royalty, Hiss Golden Messenger, Vandaveer, Erik Hassle, Vintage Trouble, Lion Babe, The London Souls. Red Baraat, The Hunts, Avers, The Suffers, The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Empresarios, Ace Cosgrove


Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival 2015

June 21

Manassas Museum Lawn, 9101 Prince William Street

This event is an intimate and relaxing afternoon of tasting and purchasing wines from award-winning Virginia wine artisans. We will feature Virginia farm wineries and wine and craft vendors. Ticket sales start in May, and additional information about the event will be posted here as it becomes available. Featuring headline artist Marcus Johnson with two other special guests.

Moonrise Festival

August 8 & 9, 2015

Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD

Lineup: TBD

Northern Virginia Brewfest

June 20-21

The Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest will be held at the Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.

Our Summer BrewFest is a craft beer sampling festival featuring the spring and summer seasonal brews of local and regional craft breweries. This provides a great opportunity to try your favorite breweries’ spring and summer seasonal brews.

Food, entertainment, arts & crafts, exhibitors, vendors and more!

The Shindig Festival

When: September 19, 2015

Where: Carroll Park, Baltimore, MD

Lineup: Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Anthrax, Chevelle, Helmet, Reverend Horton Heat, Nothing More, Crobot, Silvertung, Black Angel Down, More To Monroe & 1 more act to be announced.


Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 24 – 28

July 1 – 5

Peru boasts a stunning vertical landscape that integrates a diversity of cultures and ecosystems. Experience these unique connections through cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, ritual and celebratory processions, and discussions. The program is co-sponsored by the Republic of Peru Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR).

In 2015, the Folklife Festival will be located on the National Mall between Third and Fourth streets, just north of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

The Source Festival

CulturalDC’s Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 24 new works over three weeks.The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

June 5 – 28

Summer Spirit Festival presented by CD Enterprises

When: August 8, 2015

Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion

Lineup: Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Floetry, Estelle, Junkyard Band, Avery*Sunshine, Phony PPL, Plus Special Guests


Taste of Reston


June 19-20

11900 Market St. Reston, VA

Join us at the Reston Town Center for two days of food and drinks, live entertainment, carnival rides, the Family Fun Zone! And our Wine ‘n Dine area.

Taste of Wheaton 2015 – A Maryland Food Festival

June 4-7

Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive

Downtown Wheaton, Maryland

Downtown Wheaton hosts the Taste of Wheaton, and annual food festival offering samples from local restaurants, live musical performances and kids activities. Tastings range from $1 to $5. All of the proceeds benefit the Mid-County United Ministries food pantry in Wheaton. Attendees who bring canned food donations will be eligible for a variety of fun giveaway items.

Live music and entertainment will round out the event with performances to be announced.

Tour de Cure

The American Diabetes Association hosts two annual Tour de Cure bicycling events in the Washington DC area to support diabetes awareness, education, research, and advocacy. The Tour de Cure is not a race, but rather a ride that encourages people of all experience levels to participate in an event to raise the level of awareness about diabetes. Participants form teams and raise money to benefit the nearly 21 million children and adults with diabetes.

June 7 – Northern Virginia

September 26 – Washington DC

World Children’s Festival

June 30 – July 4, see website for schedule

This is your World Festival! The “Olympics” of your imagination and co-creation. You meet kids from around the world, participate in workshops and activities, broaden your talents and sharpen your creative expressions. It’s a fun learning experience. You come to know your world, make new friends, and learn new things. You are welcome and you can bring friends and family members along. You will all enjoy a full day of performances and activities until 7:00 pm. Each day’s educational focus is different!

Outdoor Movies and Concerts

Capitol Riverfront 2015 Free Outdoor Concerts

Location: Capitol Riverfront, Yards Park, 355 Water Street, Washington, DC.

Fridays, May 15- September 11

Capitol Riverfront will host free outdoor concerts at Yards Park throughout the summer. The vibrant mixed-use community and riverfront destination, located near the Washington Navy Yard and Nationals Park, is a great place to unwind and listen to a variety of music, ranging from reggae to 80s to R&B.

Capitol Steps


Friday and Saturdays

Amphitheater at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington DC

This comedic group began over 30 years ago and has been poking fun at bureaucrats ever since. Known for their wit, satire and political banter, Capitol Steps is the premier source of laughs in our nation’s capital. With weekly performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, DC natives and tourists alike can enjoy a night of bi-partisan humor at Congress’s expense.

Downtown Bethesda Summer Concerts

Check website for band names and exact schedule

Until July 16

During May, June and July, free weekly outdoor concerts are held in downtown Bethesda, Maryland on Thursday evenings. The concert series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will offer a diverse range of music including rock, funk, blues, pop, reggae and swing. The concerts are held from 6 – 8 p.m. in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues.

Downtown Silver Spring Events

Blues Festival – June 20

Shark Week Screening

July 10–2

6th Annual Disabilities Awareness Experience

June 14

Frederick Summer Concert Series

Summer Concert Series

Until August 30 – see website for details

Baker Park, 121 N. Bentz St.

Frederick, Maryland

Enjoy free, high-quality musical entertainment on Sunday nights in June, July and August at the Baker Park Band Shell. From tribute artists and oldies to afrofunk and bluegrass, Summer Concert Series showcases professional musicians from a wide range of musical backgrounds. Previous artists have included jazz legend Charlie Byrd, Spyro Gyro’s Scott Ambush and Julio Fernandez, country chart-climber Cleve Francis, Bluegrass favorite Railroad Earth, L.A.-based latin group Incendio, bluesman Tom Principato and many more.

Free Concerts in the Park

Thursdays at 7 p.m.

The concerts are sponsored by the City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS). The schedule is available at

2015 Lineup:

June 25: Falls Church Concert Band – Concert Music

July 2: The Flannel Underground – 90’s Hits

July 9: Dear Creek – Blues Folk Rock

July 16: Ocho de Bastos (Eight of Clubs) – Latin Pop

July 23: Mama Tried with Randy Barrett and Dede Wyland – Bluegrass

July 30: Andrew Acosta Band – Roots Music

August 6: Tom Principato – Blues Rock

Gaithersburg Summer 2015 Kids Entertainment Series & Concert Series

Concerts are held on Thursdays, June 5 through July 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the City Hall Concert Pavilion. From magic to theater to science, parents and children alike will enjoy the variety of free performances.

City Hall Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD

Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days

A free, fun family event offers live jazz music in the Music Room and galleries, an instrument petting zoo, art-making activities, a scavenger hunt and more. Jazz n’ Families Fun Days is offered in partnership with the The Phillips Collection and in conjunction with the Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium annual walk weekend.

June 5 – 16

Military Music

Enjoy free outdoor musical performances by bands from the nation’s Armed Forces, on selected Saturday nights from 7 to 8 pm. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the concert, or dine al fresco at waterfront restaurants like Rosa Mexicano, Redstone American Grill, McLoone’s Pier House and more.

National Gallery of Art – Jazz in the Garden

Every Friday, May 22-August 28

6th and Constitution Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20565

The National Gallery of Art offers free jazz performances at Jazz in the Garden at its outdoor café every Friday evening throughout the summer. Visitors can enjoy cocktails and a light dinner while listening to great music in a relaxed garden setting amid the Gallery’s collection of large-scale sculpture by such modern and contemporary artists as Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and Roxy Paine.

National Harbor Summer Concerts 2015

June 13 – September 13

Free concerts are held throughout the summer at National Harbor, the waterfront development located along the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Maryland just minutes from downtown Washington, DC.

Portals: A Global Public Art Project

June 5-21

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington DC

This summer, Shared_Studios will launch historic Portal connections between Washington, D.C. and select cities around the world. The final list is still to be determined, but likely locations include Herat, Afghanistan, Tehran, Iran, and Havana, Cuba. From June 5 – 21, individuals in D.C. will be able to enter one-at-a-time and engage in 20-minute conversation with strangers abroad as if in the same room through Portals. Portals are gold shipping containers with immersive audio-visual technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in another container live, full-body, and the two of you converse as if in the same room with real-time translation. As many participants have put it, “you feel as though you’re breathing the same air.” Participants will be invited to discuss the following prompt: “What would make today a good day for you?” Portals will be open seven days per week for five hours per day.

Summer Concerts on the Georgetown Waterfront at Washington Harbour

Wednesdays, June 3 – September 30

Location: K Street, Washington Harbour, Washington DC.

From June to September, local musicians perform free, live music on the plaza at Washington Harbour along the waterfront in Georgetown. Performances are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and include a wide variety of bands. Washington Harbour is home to several outdoor restaurants providing a great ambiance on the Potomac River.

Summer Concert Series at Glen Echo Park

June 18-August 27

See website for details

Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish dance music with Lilt, a duo made up of Tina Eck on flute and whistle, and Keith Carr on bouzouki, banjo, and mandolin. Lilt will be joined on stage by Irish dancers for some songs. Come on out to listen or dance, or both! The Bumper Car Pavilion is completely covered; concerts will be held rain or shine. The Glen Echo Cafe will be open or bring a picnic dinner.

Summer Entertainment at Rockville Town Square

May – Sept. 4

Located just west of Rockville Pike (Route 355), bordered by Beall Avenue to the north, East Middle Lane to the south, North Washington Street to the west.

Rockville Town Square presents free outdoor entertainment throughout the summer featuring free outdoor events on the plaza including a kids night, an outdoor movie and a concert each week.

St. Charles Sunset Concert Festival

10400 O’Donnell Place. St. Charles, Maryland.

May 21 – August 27

The St. Charles Sunset Concert Festival is a free outdoor music series in the St. Charles master-planned community in Southern, Maryland. A variety of musical groups will perform by the O’Donnell Lake on Thursday evenings throughout the summer, beginning at 7 p.m. The 2015 series brings back many of the most popular performers from the past few seasons, most with local roots.

Union Market Drive In (June 2015)

Union Market Drive In (June 2015 Schedule)

June 5th: Jurassic Park

June 12th: Pretty Woman

June 19th: Space Jam

June 26th: Beverly Hills Cop

As always, the lot will open at 6 pm and the movie begins at 8 pm. There is a $10 parking fee, but the event is FREE for walkers/bikers.

U.S. Capitol Labor Day Concert

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 8 p.m.

The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol each year, the Sunday before Labor Day. The annual concert, produced by the Kennedy Center, celebrates the beginning of the performing arts season featuring patriotic classics and music that highlights the American landscape.

Places to find and see free concerts – Summer concert series, festivals and more!:

– Potomac Overlook Regional Park:

– Old Town Alexandria:

– Netherlands Carillon:

– Tysons Corner Center:

– Reston Town Center:

– Lubber Run Amphitheater:

– Herndon Town Green:

– Historic Downtown Leesburg:

– Harris Pavilion – Manassas:

– Military bands:

– The U.S. Capitol:

– The National Mall:

– National Gallery of Art:

– U.S. Navy Band:

– Georgetown Waterfront:

– Carter Barron Amphitheatre:

– Capitol River Front:

– Eastern Market:

– Fort Dupont Park:

– Woodrow Wilson Plaza:!-on-Woodrow-Wilson-Plaza

– National Museum of the American Indian:

– St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC:

– National Harbor:

– Bethesda:

– Glen Echo Park:

– Olde Towne Gaithersburg:

– RIO Washingtonian Center:

– BlackRock Center for the Arts:

– Strathmore:

– Glenview Mansion:

– Rockville Town Square:

– Frederick:

– Downtown Silver Spring:

– St. Charles Maryland:

Other – Theatre, Fairs & Games

DC Stem Fair

June 6

W.B. Patterson Elementary School

4399 South Capitol Terrace SW

Washington, DC

The Elementary STEM Fair is open to students in grades 3 through 5 in DC’s public, public charter, private, and parochial schools. See website for details.

The Kennedy Center

The Book of Mormon – June 16 – August 16

The Royal Ballet – June 9 – June 14

NSO Pops: An Evening with Fantasia Steven Reineke – June 27

Once – July 7 – August 16

Kathy Griffin: Like A Boss – June 20

2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Millennial Week 2015 in Washington DC

June 13-20

Events range from service, to cocktail receptions, to hiring fairs. Visit website for details!

National Theatre presents “Newsies”

June 9-21

1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20004

Peter Pan Live

The Threesixty Theatre, Tysons Corner Center

June 24 – July 12

Tall Ship Tours 2015 in Alexandria, VA and East Coast

Location: Alexandria City Marina, Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA

June 10-12

This summer, French tall ship Hermione will dock in Alexandria, Virginia for three days as part of a commemoration of Marquis de Lafayette’s historic voyage to America in 1780. Alexandria will host free tours, while celebrating its French connections with lectures, a historic ball, and special French inspired menus at the local restaurants. Visitors can take part in pier-side activities including historic shipbuilding demonstrations, costumed characters and a traveling exhibition that tells the story of L’Hermione, its reconstruction, and Lafayette’s role in the American Revolution.

U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic

June 13-14


Saturday – Clarendon, VA; Highland Ave. at Wilson Blvd.

Sunday – Crystal City, VA; Crystal Drive at 23rd St. S.

Includes a kids race!

The U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic is a two-day cycling event including Pro races for qualified professionals, and the Crystal Ride, a non-competitive ride for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities. The weekend’s race festivities are open to cycling enthusiasts of all abilities and will feature events for cycling professionals, amateurs, kids and spectators.

World Police & Fire Games

June 26 – July 5

See website for details and schedule

Fairfax County, Virginia will host the 2015 World Police and Fire games. The World Police and Fire Games will bring more than 10,000 competitors to the area. Many of its other 65 events including hockey, swimming, karate, and soccer will take place at Fairfax County venues such a George Mason University, Reston Town Center, Quantico Marine Base and the National Rifle Association headquarters.

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