The Best Places To Enjoy Live Music In Washington

Music fans will love getting to explore DC’s array of concert venues, ranging from small indie spots to huge outdoor stages. Here are our top five locations for enjoying a night of live music in DC.

Wolf Trap

Located nearby in Virginia, this stunning outdoor music venue is one of DC’s best spots to take in a live show. You’ll get to take in the pleasant countryside setting while watching shows by top-rated artists, making this an experience to remember.

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


Head out to the U Street neighborhood to catch a show at this divey concert spot that specializes in indie, just-under-the-radar bands. You can catch a show at the upstairs bar before heading to the rooftop with a PBR to take in the view of the neighborhood below, usually packed with young DC residents enjoying the nightlife.

1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 483-5000

Verizon Center

This massive DC venue always brings in top names like the Weeknd and Katy Perry. Since it’s right in the middle of the city—just a short drive from the St. Gregory—you can grab drinks at a nearby bar before heading to a show. The Verizon Center is also home to many of DC’s sports teams, so it’s perfectly well-equipped for large crowds, built so you’re bound to get a good view of the show no matter what your seat.

601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-3200

Jiffy Lube

Catch all your favorite top-charting acts at this huge outdoor amphitheatre in Virginia, which serves as a tour stop for artists like Lady Antebellum and Train. The ample space here means you can bring a big group of friends or family to enjoy the show together.

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

The Washington Monument

With the Music at the Monument Festival, you don’t have to choose between taking in some live tunes and going sightseeing during your DC visit. At the yearly concert at the Washington Monument, you can listen to music from an array of genre while also taking in the city’s main tourist spots.

2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024