Music Festival / Concert
The M3 Rock Festival is an annual heavy metal music fest held in May at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Located about forty-five minutes south of DC, the Merriweather Post Pavilion is an outdoor music ... moreMerriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD)
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Concert / Music Festival
Bluegrass and Folk music are alive and well in the world. Just ask the millions of Mumford & Sons or The ... moreThroughout the city
Foodies flock to the annual Naptown BarBAYq. Held on a weekend in May, Naptown BarBAYq takes place at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, Maryland. This BBQ festival raises funds for local charities, and ... moreAnne Arundel County Fairgrounds (Crownsville, MD) 1450 Generals Highway
Truckeroo in Washington, D.C., is a food truck festival that takes place monthly from April through October every year. The event features more than 20 food trucks from the D.C. area such as BBQ Bus, Curbside Cupcakes ... moreHalf Street and M Street SE Washington, DC 20003
Bluegrass and roots music fans get down at the annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival. Held on a day in May, the Loudoun ... moreLoudoun County Fairgrounds (Leesburg, VA)
17558 Dry Mill Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
Twice a year in the same city where one of the most memorable Civil War battles was fought, thousands of music ... moreGranite Hill Camping Resort (Gettysburg, PA) 3340 Fairsfield Road
Concert / Music Festival
Metalheads gear up for a packed lineup of headbangers and death metal gods at the annual Maryland Deathfest ... moreRams Head Live! (Baltimore, MD)
20 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Once a year in Washington, D.C., music fans and a large portion of the capital city’s Jewish community ... moreWashington, DC Jewish Community Center 1529 16th Street NW
Beers in plastic cups, dreadlocks everywhere, and more bands than some people see in their entire lifetimes: music festivals in DC are some of the highlights of summer. Some of the big DC music festivals are in the surrounding towns in Maryland and Virginia where there’s more room to sprawl out, but fests in the city itself have the advantage of the unique capital backdrop.
With more than 100 performances in over 50 venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in DC and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. Listening to jazz in the shadow of epic monuments? Check. Stadiums in the capital serve as venues for big radio music festivals like DC101's Chili Cook-Off. A 31-year-old tradition, this music festival raises money for the National Kidney Foundation. As a bonus, it manages to combine rock bands with chili.
Farther afield, battling groups of music fans can all be satisfied with festivals that cater to their favorite genres. People still head-banging to 80s metal can hit up the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, while, later, at the same venue, fans of funk, R&B, and soul can groove to major headliners at the Summer Spirit Festival.
Considering that Marvin Gaye is a native son, DC knows that it needs to step up to the mic when it comes to music festivals – and the city does.