9 Places for Live Outdoor Summer Music

From classical to rock, you're sure to find your groove at one of these free performances.

We wait for it all year — the opportunity to spread out a picnic blanket and listen to live tunes under the sun or stars. Now that time has arrived. Put these summer concerts on your calendar and get to as many shows as you can before the ice and snow return. Bonus: they’re free!


Headliner Bettye LaVette (press photo)

Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Now in its 22nd year, the free musical event – scheduled for Saturday, June 17 from 1-8:30 p.m. – features three-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette and a full lineup of regional and national musicians performing blues, funk and R&B tunes. Additional artists include Rufus Roundtree and Da B-more Brass Factory; Full Power Blues Band; Sol Roots with Carly Harvey; and Jonny Grave. The festival also includes local food, arts and crafts vendors and more.

Where: Intersection of Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington

Full schedule: columbia-pike.org/bluesfest

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