Best 10 Washington DC Music Festivals of 2017

Enjoy A Variety of Live Music in the Capital Region

The Washington DC area offers a variety of great music festivals during the spring and summer months. Most events are held outdoors and include an extensive line-up of performances. This is a fun way to enjoy the musical talents and diversity of local, national and international artists. Mark your calendar and purchase tickets for the following music festivals for the 2017 season. Note that some performers will be announced as the festival date approaches. Please check back for updates. (In order by date)

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M3 Rock Festival

Music Festival
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April 29, 2017. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

The spring music event kicks off the concert season with a variety of live rock and roll performances. 

Performers: Tesla, Kix, Vince Neil, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Night Ranger, LYNCH MOB, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Britney Fox, L.A. Guns, Firehouse, Steelheart, Enuff Z’nuff, Y&T, Faster Pussycat, Gabbie Rae, ADLER, Bad Seed Rising, 86 Bullets, Heaven’s Edge, Every Mother’s Nightmare, plus special VIP show!

Tickets: $35-75 via

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DC Funk Parade and Festival

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May 6, 2017. U Street Corridor, Washington, DC

The event includes a street fair, parade and music festival in the U Street neighborhood of Washington DC. Many events are free. The parade will include a variety of dancers, marching bands, drum corps, beat-boxers, junkyard drummers, and more. Several music venues in the area will open their doors in the evening offering live and local funk-inspired bands.

Performers: Rare Essence, The Funk Ark, The Ron Holloway Band, Batala Washington, Empresarios, Congo Sanchez, Black Masala, Kokayi, The Fix, People’s Champs, Nappy Riddem, Fort Knox Five & QDup DJ Sets, DJ Ayes Cold, Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra, Elikeh, Aaron Ab Abernathy w/ Live Band Nat Turner, Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory, Chelsey Green, Boomscat, Footwerk, Aztec Sun, Johnny Artis Band, Lucky So & Sos, Of Tomorrow, Projected Man, All The Best Kids, Johnny Popcorn, Picnibus, SWAGFUNK, Spread Love Band, Crush Funk Brass, Trae Crudup & The Cover-Up and more.

Tickets: Most are Free, Ticketed Prices Vary

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Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

May 13, 2017. Kingman Island, Washington, DC

The music festival is a celebration of spring and a fundraising event for the Living Classrooms Foundation. Originally created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1916, Kingman Island is a recreational area located on the west bank of the Anacostia River near RFK Stadium.

Tickets: $10-20 via

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Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
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May 20-21, 2017. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD.

The family-friendly festival is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Events and brings together a wide variety of performers to entertain the crowd along the Chesapeake Bay.

Performers: Jonny Lang, The Mavericks, Ana Popvic, Robert Randolph, Walter Trout, The William Bell and, Samantha Fish, Sweet Leda and many more.

Tickets: $65-$95 via

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Capital Jazz Fest

Toni Braxton
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June 2-4, 2017. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

The annual event features nearly 30 national acts on two stages. Since 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, has been a summer favorite and great place to enjoy live music, people-watch, eat, drink, and mingle. In between acts, enjoy fine art and crafts at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food court, and artist workshops.

Performers: George Benson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Botti, Incognito, Sheila E, Jaheim, “West Coast Jam” feat, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Avery Sunshine, El DeBarge, “After All”: A Capital Jazz,  Tribute to Al Jarreau, Maysa, Lee Ritenour, The Whispers, Candy Dulfer, Loose Ends, “Jazz Funk Soul” feat., Jeff Lorber, Chuck, Loeb, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, Kelly Price, Pieces of a Dream, Tank, Algebra Blessett, Nathan East and Lindsey Webster

Tickets: $59.50-$192 via

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Washington Folk Festival

Washington Folk Festival
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June 3-4, 2017. Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.

The annual festival, produced and funded by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, features musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople from the Washington DC area. Performances represent cultures from around the world.

Tickets: None, the Festival is FREE 

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DC Jazz Festival

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June 9-18, 2017. Multiple Locations, Washington DC.

The annual event features more than 100 jazz performances at concert venues and clubs throughout Washington, DC. The festival presents major jazz artists from around the world and introduces emerging artists including musical styles from Bebop and Blues to Swing, Soul, Latin and World music. The lineup includes an outdoor event at Yards Park on the Capital Riverfront.

Tickets: FREE and Ticketed Events

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Vans Warped Tour

Four Year Strong
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July 16, 2017. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

Presented by Journeys® and known as America’s longest running touring summer music festival, the event showcases established and up and coming talent across a wide range of eclectic sub-genres. The tour crosses the United States and brings alternative rock and skate culture from the underground to the forefront of global youth culture, while raising funds for those in need through non-profit and eco initiatives.

Performers: After the Burial, Alestorm, American Authors, Andy Black, Anti-Flag, Attila, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Bad Omens, Bad Seed Rising, Barb Wire Dolls, Beartooth, Being As An Ocean, Big D And The Kids Table, BlessTheFall, Boston Manor, Candiria, Carnifex, CKY, Counterparts, Courage My Love, Creeper, Dance Gavin Dance, Emmure, Farewell Winters, Feeki, Fire From The Goods, Fit For A King, Futuristic, Goldfinger, Gwar, Hands Like Houses, Hatebreed, Hawthorne Heights, Hundredth, I Prevail, Jule Vera, Knocked Loose, Memphis May Fire, Microwave, Movements, Municipal Waste, Neck Deep, New Years Day, Our Last Night, Sammy Adams, Save Ferris, Separations, Sick Of It All, Silent Planet, Silverstein, Sonic Boom Six, Stacked Like Pancakes, Stick To Your Guns, Street Dogs, Sworn In, Sylar, The Acacia Strain, The Adolescents, The Alarm, Ataris, The Gospel Youth, The White Noise, Too Close To Touch, Trophy Eyes, Valient Thorr, War On Women, Watsky, & William Control

Tickets: $41-$50 via

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Takoma Park Folk Festival

Takoma Park Folk Festival
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September 10, 2017. Takoma Park, MD.

The annual festival features music and dance from around the world on seven stages. From old-time fiddle and bluegrass to acoustic folk-rock to Afro-Latin fusion, performers range from well-seasoned stage veterans to youngsters on stage for the first time. The festival also includes dance workshops, children’s activities, a crafts show and ethnic food from around the world.

Tickets: None, the Festival is FREE 

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All Things Go Fall Classic

October 2017,  Exact Date to Be Announced, Yards Park, Washington DC.

The outdoor music festival celebrates the fall season with a lively line-up of entertainment set along the beautiful Capitol Riverfront. 

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