Alex Beall, special to wtop.com
WASHINGTON – During the summer months, the D.C. area will play host to a variety of free concerts, highlighting all different genres. Grab a blanket, a picnic and the kids – we’ll see you out there.
Concerts planned for D.C.
U.S. Military Bands
Dates: June 3-Aug. 30
When: Monday-Friday, 8 p.m.
Where: The west steps of the U.S. Capitol Building
Dates: May 3-Aug. 30
When: Fridays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Yards Park
Rhythm in NoMa
Dates: Evening concerts, May 30-Sept. 26. Lunchtime concerts, June 7- Aug. 2.
When: Evening concerts are held on the last Thursday of the month from 6-8 p.m. The lunchtime concerts are held on Fridays from 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: Union Center Plaza
Indian Summer Showcase Concert
Dates: May 24, May 25, June 8, Aug. 10
Where: Outdoor Welcome Plaza at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
When: 5 p.m.
Jazz in the Garden
Dates: May 24-Aug. 30
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Fridays, 5-8:30 p.m.
Saturday Morning at the National Theatre
Dates: June 1-July 27
Where: Helen Hayes Gallery at the National Theatre
When: Saturdays, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Kennedy Center’s Free Performances
Where: The Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
When: Everyday, 6 p.m.
Dates: June 20, July 18, Aug. 15
Where: Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Third Thursday of the month, 5-8 p.m.
Happenings at the Harman
Dates: May 1-June 26
Where: Harman Hall at Shakespeare Theatre
When: Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m.
Concerts at National Gallery of Art
Dates: May 1-June 30
Where: The locations can vary (within the gallery), so check the schedule prior to the event.
When: Various days and times, check the schedule prior to the event.
Tuesday Concert Series
Where: Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St, N.W.
When: Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m.
Concerts from the Library of Congress
Where: Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress
When: Select days, 8 p.m.
Concerts planned for Maryland
Friday Night Live!
Dates: May 10-Sept. 13
Where: Plaza at the National Harbor
When: The second Friday of the month, 5-9 p.m.
Pops of the Potomac
Date: June 15
Where: National Harbor
When: 7-9 p.m.
Downtown Bethesda Free Summer Concerts
Dates: May 2-July 25
Where: Veterans Park
When: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
ON STAGE Concert Series for kids
Dates: June 6-Aug. 8
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall Concert Pavilion
When: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Rio’s Sizzlin’ Hot Summer 2013 Concert Series
Dates: May 3-Sept. 28
Where: RIO’s Patio at Washingtonian Center
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 6-9 p.m.
Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Dates: May 5, June 2, June 30, Aug. 4, Sept. 8
Where: Conservatory at the Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park
When: Every fourth Sunday, 2 p.m.
Friday Night Live
Dates: May 3-Sept. 27
Where: Rockville Town Square
When: Fridays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Silver Spring Swings Summer Concert Series
Dates: July 11 – Aug. 1
Where: Veterans Plaza
When: Thursdays, Time is TBD
Summer Concert Series at Glen Echo Park
Dates: June 20 – Aug. 29
Where: Glen Echo Park’s Bumper Car Pavilion
When: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine
Dates: May 1-Aug. 28
Where: May-June, Summerall Field Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. July- August, Whipple Field Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
When: Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays, June 4-Aug. 27. Wednesdays, June 5-Aug. 28. Thursdays, May 23-Oct. 31.
Where: Tuesdays, Freedom Park. Wednesdays, CentralPlace Plaza. Thursdays, Rosslyn Farmers Market.
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Summer Concert Series
Dates: May 25-Sept. 14
Where: Potomac Overlook Regional Park
When: Every other Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
Friday Night Live!
Dates: May 3-Aug. 23
Where: Herndon Town Green
When: Fridays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Acoustic on the Green
Dates: June 8-Aug. 24
Where: Leesburg Town Green
When: Saturdays, 7 p.m.
Summer Sounds Concert Series
Dates: June 22-Aug. 31
Where: Harris Pavilion
When: Every other Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
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