Top 10 Concert Venues in Washington, D.C.

Best Places to Attend a Live Musical Performance in the Capital Region

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Washington, D.C., attracts the biggest names in the music industry to perform at a number of concert venues. Here is a guide to the top concert venues in the Washington, D.C., area, that also offer a wide variety of other live entertainment.

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Capital One Arena

Verizon Center

Verizon Center

Address
601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Phone
+1 202-628-3200

This 18,500-seat arena hosts approximately 200 events each year, including concerts, family shows, and athletic games. Built in 1997, this modern entertainment complex has featured concerts by top performers such as U2, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Bon Jovi, Prince, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, and many more.

601 F St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
202-628-3200

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Exterior Of Kennedy Center
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Address
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA
Phone
+1 202-467-4600

The area's premier performing arts venue offers approximately 3,000 performances a year. The Kennedy Center is the home to the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, and Washington Ballet. Performing arts include theater, musicals, dance, orchestral, chamber, jazz, pop music, folk, youth and family programs, and multimedia shows.

2700 F St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20566
800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600

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DAR Constitution Hall

DAR Constitution Hall

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Address
1776 D St NW, Washington, DC 20006-5303, USA
Phone
+1 202-628-4780

This huge concert venue, originally built in 1929 to house the annual convention for the Daughters of the American Revolution, is part of a three-building complex owned and operated by the DAR. Every U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge has attended events at DAR Constitution Hall. Numerous television events have been hosted here, including the Country Music Association Awards, HBO Specials, and the National Sports Awards.

1776 D St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
202-628-1776

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EagleBank Arena

Patriot Center

Patriot Center

Address
4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
Phone
+1 703-993-3000

This 10,000-seat sports arena and concert venue located on the campus of George Mason University hosts some of today’s hottest events with past concerts by performers such as Sting, Prince, R.E.M., James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Pearl Jam.

George Mason University
4500 Patriot Circle
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-3000

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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap's Filene Center

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Address
1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182, USA
Phone
+1 703-255-1800

America's National Park for the Performing Arts hosts a wide range of arts including pop, country, folk, blues, orchestra, opera, and dance. The 117-acre park holds summer performances and offers educational programs year-round in indoor and outdoor venues.

1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
703-255-1800

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Music Center at Strathmore

Strathmore Music Center
Rachel Cooper
Address
5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385, USA
Phone
+1 301-581-5100

Since 2005, this 2,000-seat, state-of-the-art concert venue has hosted world-class performances and arts education ​in Montgomery County, Maryland. Strathmore holds performances by major national artists in folk, blues, pop, jazz, show tunes, and classical music.

5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
301-581-5100

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The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Theater at MGM Casino

MGM Casino

Address
MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Phone
+1 800-745-3000

This 3,000-seat theater features A-list performers and presents high-profile events. Performances include concerts, comedy shows, cabaret-style acts, boxing events, and more. 

101 MGM National Ave.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
844-346-4664

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Jiffy Lube Live

Jiffy Lube Live
Metal Chris
Address
7800 Cellar Door Dr, Bristow, VA 20136, USA
Phone
+1 703-754-6400

The 25,000-seat outdoor concert venue in Northern Virginia hosts a wide variety of performers during the summer. Past artists have included Tina Turner, Coldplay, Celine Dion, Rush, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, The Who, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, and many more.

7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
703-754-6400

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The Birchmere Music Hall

Birchmere Music Hall
Rachel Cooper
Address
3701 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305, USA
Phone
+1 703-549-7500

The Birchmere, which opened in 1966, is a 500-seat, dinner-theater style music hall offering a variety of concerts such as folk, jazz, rock, gospel, and alternative. Seating is general admission. The Birchmere has a full-service kitchen and a full bar.

3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305
703-549-7500

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The Fillmore—Silver Spring

The Fillmore

The Fillmore

Address
8656 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
Phone
+1 301-960-9999

The 2,000-seat concert hall in downtown Silver Spring provides world-class entertainment including rock, Latin, blues, jazz, folk, country, and the spoken word. 

8656 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-960-9999

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