Concert tickets can really make a dent in your wallet. Reduce some of that financial stress this summer by attending these free concerts in the D.C. area. They’ve got the music, the food, and the views; just invite some friends and enjoy.
Now in its 8th season, the Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series hosts bands, food, and beverages at Yards Park every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. You can enjoy the river view on the grass, listen to family-friendly lyrics, and watch your kids (or pets) dance it out. Check out the full lineup on the FB event.
With upcoming performances by Dave Chappell and Incendio, Jazz in the Garden combines a classic D.C. view with an idyllic soundtrack and chilled sangria. Stop by the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden on Fridays from 5 to 8:30 p.m. to find various performances of jazz musicians (traditional New Orleans jazz, blues, swing, funk, Blues, boogaloo, and more) and indulge in the food offerings, such as their 4-cheese pizza and pulled pork BBQ.
Grab your picnic basket (or pick up a to-go order) and head over to the U.S. Capitol West Steps on Fridays at 8 p.m. to catch the U.S. Army Band’s concert series. Ranging from classical pop and rock to patriotic music, the Band’s soundtrack creates the perfect ambiance for the beautiful sunsets in D.C.
The Petworth Jazz Project takes place every last Saturday of the month (July 29, August 26, September 30) at the Petworth Recreation Center. This free, outdoor, live jazz concert includes a food truck (The Tender Rib BBQ) and a 40-minute kid’s opening show performed by Baba Ras D! Bring a blanket and a friend to enjoy evening shows of Elijah Jamal Balbed (July 29 at 6 p.m.), Janelle Gill (Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m.), and Make Up Date If Needed (Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.).
Coming soon: Live! Concert Series on the Plaza
Coming soon on July 30, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza will feature free lunchtime performances of salsa, reggae rock, strings, country, blues, and swing at Wilson Plaza. Get out of the office, grab a spot in the outdoor seating area, and enjoy your lunch with some music from noon to 1 p.m. every day until September 28.
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