So You Didn't Score Jazz in the Garden Tickets; Enjoy Music with a View at 10 Alternative Outdoor Spots
Smithsonian National Gallery of Art's "Jazz in the Garden" is back this year but with just four shows and tickets are proving hard to get. But this doesn't mean you'll miss out on live music in a great outdoors venue this summer.
Outdoor concerts are an intrinsic soundtrack of the city: enjoying salsa grooves with a picnic in a public park, or stumbling across a cover band performing along the waterfront on the way to dinner, and being pulled in to listen to a few songs.
We've scouted 10 open-air spots (most are free!) where you can get your groove on and listen to music with a view.
DUPONT CIRCLE BID'S SUMMER JAZZ MUSIC SERIES. Q Street Park in Dupont Circle will be alive with the sound of music, jazz specifically, from local musicians every Friday from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Make a night of it and pick up something to eat from one of Dupont Circle’s many restaurants, or dine outdoors at one of the area's streateries and parklets. Free. Thru August 27
JAZZ AT KREEGER ART MUSEUM. Listen to jazz as you're surrounded by art at Kreegar Museum, a private modern and contemporary art museum housed in the former home of David and Carmen Kreeger. Intimate concerts will be held on the outdoor Sculpture Terrace on Saturday afternoons. Ticket required. Ongoing
CAPITOL RIVERFRONT FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS. The free Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series is back for its 11th Season! Head to Yards Park every Friday night at 7pm to relax and enjoy the river view, fantastic bands, food and beverage, and a large variety of great restaurants within a few minutes walk from the park. Free.Thru August 13
US MARINE BAND AT YARDS PARK. Every third Wednesday of the month at 7pm from June to August, catch the U.S. Marine Band playing in Yards Park while you picnic and take in the views of the Anacostia River. Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Free. August 18
FORT RENO PARK SUMMER CONCERTS. The District’s indie rock aficionados can breathe a sigh of relief—this year’s Fort Reno concert series is going down. The beloved series, which attracts punk and indie rock bands from across the D.C. region, will be back after a few rocky years on Mondays this month. Free. Thru August 19
FRIDAYS AT THE FOUNTAIN. Fountains, shaded lawns and flowers make National Landing's Crystal City Water Park an enticing place to wind down the week. Rock, R&B and cover bands perform while the Peruvian Brothers sell food, beer, wine and hard seltzer. (Picnics with takeout from nearby restaurants are allowed; outside alcohol is not.) Organizers give away free picnic blankets each week on a first-come, first-served basis. Thru October 29
SALUTE THE SUN. National Harbor brings military bands — primarily jazz and concert ensembles representing the U.S. Air Force — to its waterfront plaza every Saturday night through August, with the U.S. Army Concert Band closing out the series on Sept. 25. Military bands are also featured on select Wednesday evenings. Thru August 28, plus Sept. 25
SOUNDS OF HOPE & HARMONY. Head to Old Town Alexandria, where the local orchestral and choral touring company Classical Movements is hosting “Sounds of Hope & Harmony,” a series of outdoor concerts in the “Secret Garden” tucked behind its former-rectory headquarters on Princess Street. Featured music includes opera, jazz, chamber music, choir and even savory soirees with music and food pairings. Ticket required. Thru August 29
STRATHMORE PATIO. Live music returns at Strathmore on The Patio Stage, an intimate, open-air venue. The lineup features popular names like Wynton Marsalis, contemporary and chamber music; international sounds; and musicians from their Artists in Residence program. Dates and times vary. Ticket required. Ongoing
WEDNESDAY AT THE WHARF: TRANSIT PIER CONCERTS. Get your groove on at the Wharf's Transit Pier every Wednesday evening starting at 7 p.m. With R&B, Americana, Motown, Jazz, Reggae, and your favorite pop covers, there is something for everyone. Grab something to eat and a beverage and listen to live music while enjoying waterfront views. Free. Thru Sept 9
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