Top 10 Concert Venues in Washington, DC

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

Washington, DC attracts the biggest names in the music industry to perform live at a number of concert venues around the region. Here is a guide to the top concert venues in the Washington, DC area, offering a wide variety of live entertainment.

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    Verizon Center
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    601 F Street, NW. Washington, DC (202) 628-3200. Washington, DC's 20,000-seat arena hosts about 200 events each year, including concerts, family shows and athletic games. The modern entertainment complex, built in 1997, has featured concerts by top performers such as U2, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Bon Jovi, Prince, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, and many more.

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    Exterior Of Kennedy Center
    ••• John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Craig Hall / EyeEm / Getty Images

    2700 F. St. NW, Washington, DC (800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600. Washington, DC's premier performance venue, offers approximately 3,000 performances per year. The Kennedy Center is the home to the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Opera, Washington Ballet and American Film Institute. Performances include theatre, musicals, dance, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, & folk music; youth and family programs and multi-media shows.

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    DAR Constitution Hall

    DAR Constitution Hall
    ••• DAR Constitution Hall. Bill Couch

    1776 D St. NW. Washington, DC (202) 628-1776. This huge concert venue, originally built in 1929 to house the DAR annual convention, is part of a three-building complex owned and operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Every 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.

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    Patriot Center
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    George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Circle. Fairfax, VA. The 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.

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    Wolf Trap's Filene Center
    ••• Wolf Trap's Filene Center. Courtesy of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    1624 Trap Road, Vienna, VA. America's National Park for the Performing Arts hosts a wide range of concerts including pop, country, folk and blues, orchestra, dance, opera. Wolf Trap Farm Park holds performances and offers educational programs all year long in indoor and outdoor venues.

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    Strathmore Music Center
    ••• Strathmore Music Center. Rachel Cooper

    5301 Tuckerman Lane. North Bethesda, MD. (301) 581-5100. The 2,000 seat state-of-the-art concert venue brings world-class performances and arts education to Montgomery County, Maryland. Strathmore holds performances by major national artists including folk, blues, pop, jazz, show tunes, and classical music.

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    Theater at MGM Casino
    ••• Theater at MGM Casino. Courtesy of MGM Casino

    Opening in December 2016!   7100 Harborview Ave, National Harbor, MD. A 3,000-seat theater will feature A-list performers and present high-profile events.  Performances will include world-class concerts, comedy shows, cabaret-style acts, boxing events, and more. The theater will feature reconfigurable seating options that will allow custom arrangements for each event, from a traditional concert layout to a 360-degree configuration for boxing. 

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    Jiffy Lube Live
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    7800 Cellar Door Drive. Bristow, VA. (703) 754-6400. The 25,000-seat outdoor concert venue in Northern Virginia hosts a wide variety of performers throughout the summer months. Past performers 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.

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    Birchmere Music Hall
    ••• Rachel Cooper

    3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA. (703) 549-7500. The Birchmere is a 500-seat dinner-theater style Music Hall offering a variety of concerts including folk, jazz, rock, gospel or alternative music. Seating is general admission, first come first served. The Birchmere has a full service kitchen & a full bar.

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    The Fillmore
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    8656 Colesville Road. Silver Spring, MD. (301) 960-9999. The 2,000 seat concert hall located in Downtown Silver Spring provides world-class entertainment including rock, Latin, blues, jazz, folk, country and the spoken word.