Summer Music Festivals
No matter what your genre preferences are, there’s no better reason to let down your hair and unwind than a music festival! So go forth and be merry, hipster outfit and all. We won’t tell.
Washington Jewish Music Festival – The goals of this festival are to both preserve and strengthen Jewish identity and tradition through social and cultural programs. The center hopes to promote a broader appreciation of Jewish culture throughout the Washington DC area. Performing artists will collaborate and engage the crowds, all are welcome.
- Takes place from June 1st-14th. Located at 1529 16th St, NW.
Capital Jazz Fest– Thousands of music lovers from all over the country gather in the suburbs of the nation’s capital to enjoy this weekend of jazz and soul music. The Festival first started in 1993 and has been an annual attraction every year. This is a multi-stage outdoor music event for all ages, the only requirement is that you love the smooth sounds of jazz.
- Takes place from June 6th-8th. Location TBD for next year, keep an eye out!
DC Jazz Festival– This is the largest music festival in Washington DC and is advertised as one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. There will be over 125 performances in a variety of venues across the city. Proceeds support music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents. The event also promotes music integration in school curricula.
- Takes place from June 24th-29th. Located at various venues throughout DC.
National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden Series- Okay, so this isn’t exactly a festival, but it’s still a pretty great weekly event to fill up some of your Friday nights with! Sit in the visually pleasing sculpture garden and listen to some soothing live jazz with your family or friends. The Pavilion Cafe also offers very affordable pitchers of sangria and other snacks to keep you full.
- Takes place every Friday at 700 Independence Ave, SW.
Bay Music Festival– An eastern shore tradition and a major fundraising event for the Wilmer Eye Institute. This double-staged event is rain or shine and keep in mind that alcohol and pets are not permitted… even though it is sponsored by Coors Light (chuckle).
- Takes place on June 14th, located at 1945 4H Park Rd, Centreville.
Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival– What better way to enjoy the Chesapeake area than with a music festival. The Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will celebrate its 25th year of bringing world-class music to a mixed and growing audience of all ages. This event is also a professionally judged competition.
- Takes place from June 1st-15th. Locations vary, click here for a map and dates.
African American Festival– The 2014 African American Festival offers something for everyone with an extensive selection of entertainment, contests, cultural exhibits, and financial and health empowerment resources. Over 150 vending booths are expected to be on site as well as a double stage for all day performances.
- Takes place from June 21st-22nd. Located at 1101 Russell St, Baltimore.
Artscape Music Festival– Artscape is way more than just another music festival. As the name suggests, it is an escape into artistic expression. With categories such as street performance, live concerts, and visual art, you are sure to see creativity in every corner. The music performances will feature national, regional, and local bands and artists on multiple stages. And if that’s not enough to get you out of your house, it’s also free!
- Takes place from July 18th-20th. Located in the Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods.
Vans Warped Tour– This is your full fledged outdoor live concert experience. The line-up for the tour varies at each stop along the way but you can check out details in your specific area on their website. Aside from great music, there will also be a slip n’ slide and misting stations throughout the area to help you keep cool.
- Takes place all summer and locations vary, click here for tour dates and venues.
Summer Spirit Festival– As you can probably guess, the theme of this festival is summer and all its’ glory. The best of hip-hop and R&B join forces featuring artists such as Lauryn Hill, Lady Janelle Monae, Raheem DeVaughn, and Talib Kweli.
- Takes place on August 2nd. Located at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.
Moonrise Festival– This two day event will feature four stages that will host a wide range of international, regional, and local EDM talent. Aside from the music, you can also expect to see lots of visual artists, a ferris wheel, and extensive audio and light productions. While the main events end at 11 PM each night, the producers have coordinated with local bars to host after parties.
- Takes place form August 9th-10th. Located at the Pimlico Race Course at 5201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore.
Hot August Blues and Music Festival – This is no sit down music festival, so leave the picnic blankets at home folks. If you are not strictly a blues fan, don’t let the name deter you. You can expect to hear a variety of soul and folk songs that will have you up on your feet dancing as well. The lineup includes bands and artists such as Nickle Creek, Dr. Dog, Houndmouth, Old Crow Medicine Show and more.
- Takes place on August 16th. Located at Oregon Ridge Par in 13410 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville.
Silopanna Music Festival– The producers of this festival at the Rams Head Group boast about their commitment to ” food, fun, and beer”. The lineup is a pretty fair mix of established and up and coming artists and bands. Leading the festivities, are names such as the Flaming Lips, Hellogoodbye, Matt & Kim, and Dashboard Confessional. The great thing about these kinds of concerts is that you may leave with a few new favorite bands to obsess over.
- Takes place on August 16th. Located at 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville.
The Shindig Festival– According to the festival’s flyers and website, a shindig is officially defined as ” a large lively party celebrating something”. The full day festival will feature two main stages with absolutely no overlapping performances, so you won’t miss a single beat. Keep in mind that rock and punk are music are the sounds of this event, so dig out that old Led Zeplin distressed shirt and but your tickets.
- Takes place on September 27th. Located at 1500 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore.
Tinner Hill Blues Festival – This is the only 3 day event of its kind in Falls Church. The weekend features all kinds of blues music throughout the town and is open to all ages. The festival has been held annually for 20 years now, so its practically a must-see tradition!
- Takes place from June 13th-15th. Located at various locations throughout Falls Church.
Virginia Mountain Music Festival– This is an event for the more laid back festival-goer. If you are over getting bumps and bruises of regular concerts then you can head up to the mountains for some more relaxed performance atmospheres.
- Takes place from June 20th-21st. Located at 724 Community College Rd.
Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition– This dual celebration will feature some of the regions greatest traditional musicians. The guitar competition portion of this festival is aimed at raising money for a scholarship fund to help young musicians from the area continue their educations. Over $116,000 has been awarded through this festival so far.
- Takes place on the 3rd Saturday of June every year. Located at Grayson Highlands State Park.
Black Dog Music Festival– Admission to this event includes not only a variety of music, but also a winery tour, tasting, and souvenir wine glass, and plenty of shopping opportunities. This is a yearly festival that gathers people from all over Virginia for a fun packed day for the whole family.
- Takes place on July 5th, August 9th, September 13th, and October 11th at 287 Winery Rd SW, Floyd.
Floyd Fest– Every July 80 pristine acres of the Blue Ridge Parkway is taken over by music lovers for the Floyd Fest. It is described as a “tent city” and comes complete with everything from shopping and entertainment amenities to sanitation and medical facilities for your convenience.
- Takes place From July 23rd-27th at Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd.
Lockn’ Music Festival– Previously known as the Interlocken Music festival, jam bands and improvisation centered musicians are the starts of this show. Last year’s festival drew crowds of up to 25,000 people so don’t expect this to be a relaxed affair. This year’s rock lineup includes artists such as The Allman Brothers Band, Wilco, and Furthur.
- Takes place from September 4th-7th at 2300 Oak Ridge Road, Arrington.