Free Summer Concerts in Washington, D.C. 2010

Summer 2010 in Washington brings a busy schedule of free performances in parks and plazas around the city. Enjoy jazz, blues, rock, reggae and more.

Most of these concert series run from June through August 2010. All are free and open to the public. Except for the Carter Barron concerts, none require tickets. All are outdoor concerts except for those on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. For performances held in grassy areas (Fort Dupont, Washington National Zoo, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden), concertgoers may want to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Check websites for updated schedules.

Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art

Fridays, 5:00–8:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, on the National Mall at 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Metro: Archives. (202) 289-3360 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (202) 289-3360      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (202) 289-3360 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (202) 289-3360      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

  • June 11: Deanna Bogart (bluesion)
  • June 18: Ron and Ryan Diehl (Father’s Day tribute)
  • June 25: Nattybeaux (jump swing band)
  • July 2: Bio Ritmo (hot salsa)
  • July 9: Daysahead (jazz and R&B)
  • July 16: Incendio (Latino jazz)
  • July 23: Young Lions (fusion rock/jazz)
  • July 30: John Jensen (jazz trombonist)
  • Aug. 6: Bjorn Solli (Norwegian jazz guitarist)
  • Aug. 13: Carsten Boe Trio (Django jazz)
  • Aug. 20: Pete BarenBregge (ensemble avant-garde)
  • Aug. 27: Miles Stiebel (jazz violinist)
  • Sept. 3: Josh Bayer (jazz guitar)
  • Sept. 10: Bruce Swaim (jazz saxophone)

Carter Barron Free Concerts

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park, 16th St. and Colorado Ave. NW. Free tickets are distributed on the day of performance at the Carter Barron box office, beginning at noon, or at the Washington Post building, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Maximum four tickets per adult. (202) 426-0486 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (202) 426-0486      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

  • June 18: Jazz Night with Frédéric Yonnet and Nasar Abadey & Supernova
  • June 25: Reggae Night with Strykers Posse, Yawd Lynk and Tony Roy, and Proverbs Reggae Band
  • July 9: Neo Soul Night with V. Rich, Maimouna Youssef, and Afi Soul
  • July 16: International Beat Night with Chopteeth, Sin Miedo, and Funk Ark
  • Aug. 13: 8th Annual Metro DC Dances
  • Aug. 14: Culture Shock East Coast Dance Concert 2010
  • Aug. 15: Joint Service Jazz with U.S. Army Blues, U.S. Navy Commodores, and Airmen of Note

Fort Dupont Summer Concerts

Saturdays at 8 p.m. Fort Dupont Park near Randle Circle and Minnesota Ave. SE. (202) 426-7723 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (202) 426-7723      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

  • July 10: Jazzin’ with Boys and Girls Clubs and Julliard
  • July 17: Kindred the Family Soul
  • July 24: Roy Ayers
  • July 31: Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
  • Aug. 7: Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players
  • Aug. 14: Midnight Starr
  • Aug. 21: SOS Band

Sunset Serenades at the Washington National Zoo

Thursdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Lion/Tiger Hill at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Metro: Cleveland Park or Woodley Park-Zoo. Bring a picnic or buy food, beer and wine from zoo vendors.

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3 Responses to Free Summer Concerts in Washington, D.C. 2010

  1. Really miz Summer time in DC, esp on the July 4th. Maybe going there onJuly 4th 2011

  2. Rebecca says:

    There are diverse, free concerts in the ‘burbs too 🙂 Nottoway Nights in Vienna, VA are great, small concerts on Thursdays from mid-June through late August..

    Check it out:

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