Carter Barron Amphitheatre: 2018 Concerts

Outdoor Summer Concerts at Rock Creek Park

Carter Barron Amphitheatre
Courtesy of National Park Service

Carter Barron Amphitheatre is a 3,700 seat outdoor concert venue in a beautiful wooded setting in Rock Creek Park. The facility opened in 1950 in honor of the 150th Anniversary of Washington, DC as the nation's capital. The Washington Post sponsored several free summer concerts at the Amphitheatre from 1993 to 2015, but that series has been discontinued. 

As the result of a structural assessment, the National Park Service determined in 2017 that the Carter Barron Amphitheatre stage has structural deficiencies and cannot safely support the weight of performances. Like last year, this means there will not be concerts or other performances at the Carter Barron this summer. Hopefully, repairs will be made in the future.


Rock Creek Park, 4850 Colorado Avenue, NW (16th Street and Colorado Avenue, NW) Washington, DC

Transportation and Parking:

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the amphitheatre. Neighborhood parking is restricted. Carter Barron is not directly accessible to Metrorail. The closest Metro stations are Silver Spring and Columbia Heights. From these stations, you must transfer to the S2 or S4 Metrobus.


No tickets are required for free events. ROCK THE PARK tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online via

History of Carter Barron

The initial plan to build an amphitheatre in Rock Creek Park was established in 1943 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. This plan was expanded upon by Carter T. Barron in 1947 as a way to memorialize the 150th Anniversary of Washington, DC as the nation's capital. The original construction cost estimate was $200,000 but the actual cost was more than $560,000. The amphitheatre opened on August 5, 1950. The facility has not changed much over the years. Minor upgrades have been made. All new seats were installed in 2003-2004.

Major renovations are needed and planned for a future date. The amphitheatre was dedicated to Carter T. Barron, the Vice-Chairman for the Sesquicentennial Commission after his death in 1951.