Top 10 Concert Venues in Washington, D.C.

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

Georgetown Washington, DC in the rain.
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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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    Verizon Center

    Verizon Center

    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

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    Exterior Of Kennedy Center
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    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

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    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

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    Patriot Center

    Patriot Center

    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

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    Wolf Trap's Filene Center

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    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

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    Strathmore Music Center
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    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

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    Theater at MGM Casino

    MGM Casino

    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

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    Jiffy Lube Live
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    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

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    Birchmere Music Hall
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    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

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    The Fillmore

    The Fillmore

    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