Enjoy DC’s gorgeous summer days by sitting outside and listening to live music in the warm July air. Here are our recommendations for the best places in DC for outdoor music.

Jiffy Lube

A short drive from DC, the Jiffy Lube venue is located nearby in Virginia and is the perfect pace to spend a warm spring night watching a concert by one of your favorite singers. Upcoming shows to catch include Rod Stewart, Jason Aldean, and Sam Hunt.

7800 Cellar Door Dr, Bristow, VA 20136
(703) 754-6400

US Navy Memorial

Summertime in the District means getting to look forward to the U.S. Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard’s fun-filled Tuesday night performances at the U.S. Navy Memorial. This classically American event, called the Concerts on the Avenue, is the perfect activity for your trip to DC. Bring the family and spend an enjoyable evening outside.

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-2300

The National Mall

There’s no place better to relax and enjoy some live music than the National Mall. Although the historical park is host to many concerts and performances over the summer, our favorite is definitely the Fourth of July celebration, which features plenty of well-known musicians as well as military marching bands.

900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Wolf Trap

Concerts at Virginia’s gorgeous Wolf Trap venue are immersive, all-sensory experience that bring together music and nature. You’ll get to take in the great outdoors while listening to music by performers like The Tenors or Mary J. Blige.

1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1800

The Washington Monument

Starting from May onwards, you can catch bi-weekly jam sessions called Music at the Monument. The event, which spotlights veterans and young musicians, is a great, relaxing way to spend an afternoon outdoors or to take a break after sight-seeing and visiting museums. The series also features musicians who play a variety of genres, so you’re bound to find something interesting.

215th St NW, Washington, DC 20024