The Best Festivals and Concerts in DC This Summer

Those of you coming to visit Washington, DC this summer will have plenty of live music to enjoy. The region’s calendar is filled with exciting festival traditions, and stop-off performances from some iconic acts touring the world. For our favorites, check out this breakdown of the best summer concerts and festivals coming to DC this summer.

A Star-Spangled Birthday Party

July 4th

It’s no surprise that the best 4th of July celebration in the world takes place right here in Washington, DC. A Capitol Fourth is an annual fireworks and live-music extravaganza in the heart of the city on the National Mall. Past performers have included Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and many, many more icons. Keep an eye out for announcements about this year’s performers on the event website.

Capital Fringe Festival

July 7 – 29th

Capital Fringe is one of the leading performing arts institutions in Washington, DC, and its annual festival is not one for summer travelers to overlook. Its vibrant, sprawling structure brings musical, theatrical, and experimental productions to a variety of DC venues for most of every July.

Beyonce and Jay-Z

July 27th

Music’s most influential and critically-acclaimed power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z are hitting the road together this summer, and they are sure to sell out the Redskins’ FedEx Field for each of their two nights in the DMV area. Head on over for hits from their most recent, respective, Grammy-nominated albums Lemonade and 4:44, as well as music from the rest of the couples’ combined, iconic catalogue.


August 4th

Whether or not you believe in life after love, you can be sure that Cher’s upcoming concert in Washington, DC is going to be an all-time evening. The iconic singer and actress has put out timeless hit songs like “Believe” and the household ballad “I Got You Babe.” Cher will perform at the majestic Theater at MGM National Harbor in nearby National Harbor, Maryland.

Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band

August 18th

You might know Jeff Daniels mainly from his major acting credits in films such as Pleasantville and Dumb and Dumber, but he’s less well known for his musical career—which has seen hundreds of gigs around North America over the past decade or so. You can catch him playing with his son’s blues-jazz group in DC this summer at The Birchmere in nearby Alexandria.