9 Eclectic Outdoor Concerts for May & June in the DC Area

Ready to enjoy the glorious weather we’re expecting with some rockin’ live music? There are many upcoming concerts and festivals coming up in the DC Metro Area to fit any musical preference. This region offers some fantastic options for music lovers of all genres that also dig the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking to tailgate, dance it up, or get seats under the awning if you’re afraid it’ll rain, we’ve got you covered.


Southeast DC


Broccoli City Festival

Saturday, May 6, 2017, gates open at 12 pm

Solange slated to perform for Broccoli City Fest

Solange slated to perform as headliner for Broccoli City Fest

Named for Big Baby D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty’s hit “Broccoli,” this event features some extremely talented hip-hop artists headlined by Solange and Rae Sremmurd this year. There’s still time left to purchase tickets for this amazing hip-hop extravaganza! Don’t miss out on this all-star event. Other acts include: 21 Savage, Alunageorge, Kevin Abstract, Rapsody, Smino, Chaz French, Nick Grant, Rejjie Snow, Sir the Baptist, NAO, and of course Lil Yachty.



Northeast DC – On The Anacostia River


Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12 pm

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

Credit: Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival by Geoff Alexander on flickr creative commons

Lineup includes: Jonny Grave, A.J. Head, Crys Matthews, Mountain Ride, After Jack, The Honey Dewdrops, Charm City Junction, By & By, Sligo Creek Stompers, Dom Flemons, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, Gina Sobel, Sarah Quintana, Lisa Said, Luray, Adrian+Meredith, Justin Trawick & The Common Good, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Walter Martin, The Woodshedders, Ladybird, Vim & Vigor, Man About a Horse, Blue Plains, The Coteries, Run Come See, The War and Treaty, Adam Ortiz, Richard, Julie Outrage, Elena & Los Fulanos, The Sunrise Review, Snakehead Run, Moose Jaw, King Street Bluegrass, Split String Soup, Two Ton Twig,  Ampersand String Band

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Bristow, VA


Luke Bryan: Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Everyday Tour 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7 pm

Luke Bryan Performs at Jiffy Lube Live

A true showman! Luke Bryan

Even if you’re not necessarily a country fan, Luke Bryan’s live performances do not disappoint! I’m new to the country music scene and after going to his show last year I am completely converted. His rump shakin’ moves and positive attitude really get the crowd going. Plus, it’s fun to just people watch! Get lawn seats and prepare to be amused.


Jimmy Buffett

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8 pm

Jimmy Buffett Performs live

Credit: Jimmy Buffett by Sam Howzit

3 words: Tailgate, Tailgate, Tailgate! Another highly entertaining people watching event. Show up 2 hours early, grab a margarita, and wander around the parking lot to experience this unique event for yourself. Oh, and you can stay for the concert, too, if you want.

View the full Jiffy Lube Live schedule here.




Vienna, VA


The B-52’s

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 8 pm

The B-52s Celebrate 40 Years at Wolf Trap

The B-52s Celebrate 40 Years

If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says 15 miles to the WOOOOLF TRAPPPP! Get ready for a fun outdoor summer concert that is sure to be a full-on “Rock Lobster” party as the B-52s celebrate 40 years. Don’t forget the biggest perk of going to Wolf Trap – BYOB lawn seats! Pack a cooler, bring your folding chairs, and make sure to have a DD lined up.


Elvis Costello

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Elvis Costello at Wolf Trap in Vienna

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Looking for something a little more laid back? Perhaps romantic even? Get tickets and grab your bae for the sultry sounds of Elvis Costello. After all, he did “write the book” of love and is sure to make your honey swoon.

View the full Wolf Trap schedule here.



Columbia, MD


DC101 Kerfuffle

Sunday, May 14, 2017, gates open at 12:30 PM

Kings of Leon headlines this year's Kerfuffle

Kings of Leon headlines this year’s Kerfuffle. Credit: Alterna2 http://www.alterna2.com on flickr creative commons

If you listen to Eliot in the Morning on DC101, you’re no stranger to Kerfuffle. Lineup this year includes Kings Of Leon, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Fitz and the Tantrums, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Highly Suspect, MISSIO, The Unlikely Candidates.


Bon Iver

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 8 pm

Bon Iver Press Release Photo

Bon Iver, Fall Creek Wisconsin, August, 2010. ..Photo by D.L. Anderson

Bon Iver’s powerful and chilling music will send goosebumps down your spine as they perform live at Merriweather this month with Hiss Golden Messenger as the opening act. Bring your blanket and mellow out as your soul becomes immersed in this enchanting indie/folk music.


Capital Jazz Fest

Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, gates open at 10 am

Corinne Bailey Rae to Perform at Capital Jazz Fest

Credit: Corinne Bailey Rae by Bruce on flickr creative commons

Day 1: Corinne Bailey Rae, Jaheim, Incognito, The Whispers, West Coast Jam – featuring Rick Braun, Norman Brown, and Richard Elliot, El Debarge, Lee Ritenour, Avery*Sunshine, Pieces Of A Dream, Kelly Price, Candy Dulfer, Nathan East, Cayman Kelly, Marcus Miller

Day 2: George Benson, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Botti, Sheila E, “After All”: A Capital Jazz Tribute to Al Jarreau, Loose Ends, Maysa, Tank, “Jazz Funk Soul” featuring Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, & Everette Harp, Algebra Blessett, Kirk Whalum, Lindsey Webster, Marcus Miller, Cayman Kelly

View the full Merriweather Post Pavilion schedule here.


Know of any other outdoor venues that have a great lineup this spring/summer? Feel free to add in the comments below.

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Kristen Reynolds

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