Welcome to the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. All concerts are free except where noted and open to the public. Rain may cancel some performances. An electronic version of this document can be obtained via the World Wide Web at www.nps.gov/ncro. For further information, please contact Toni Braxton in the Office of Communication at 202-619-7222.

Concerts are subject to change or cancel. Please watch for update and show listings



6:00 p.m., Daily

Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

Free performances every night and no tickets are required. Take Metro to the Foggy Bottom/GWU station and ride the free KENNEDY CENTER SHOW SHUTTLE departing every 15 minutes until midnight. There is no free parking for free performances. For further information call 202-467-4600 or www.kennedy-center.org




7:00 p.m. Wednesdays

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Fort McNair

June 6, 20, 27 –Fort McNair

July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


New location in 2012


Summerall Field on Historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA


The United States Army’s most popular outdoor ceremonial pageant opens in the Washington D.C. area on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, on Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. The pageant starts at 7:00 p.m. (pre-ceremony pageantry begins at 6:45 p.m.).

Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long sunset military pageant that features Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), troop, and ceremonial units: The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team; The U.S. Army Blues, a soloist from The U.S. Army Chorus or The U.S. Army Voices, and members of The U.S. Army Band Downrange. The 2012 Twilight Tattoo season has been extended and will run through the entire summer!  Please check back frequently for updates at: http://www.mdw.army.mil/tlt/tlt.htm.  For last-minute inclement weather calls, sign up for our email list: http://www.usarmyband.com/events/subscribe.html

Performances are free and open to the public. Bleacher seating is on a first-come, first served basis. For more information on group reservations, contact the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at (202) 685-2888 or email them at ncr.webeventsmail@jfhqncr.northcom.mil



8:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday evenings, May 4-August 31

Marine Barracks, 8th & I Streets SE, Washington, DC

A one hour and fifteen minute performance of music and precision marching, the Evening Parade features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and LCpl. Chesty XIII, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.

The ceremony starts at 8:45 p.m., beginning with a concert by the United States Marine Band. The Evening Parade, held every Friday evening during the summer, has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline, and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. 

Guests with reservations are admitted beginning at 7:00 p.m. and should arrive no later than 7:45 p.m. Guests with reservations that arrive after 8:00 p.m. are not guaranteed their reserved seating. There is no charge for admission. At the time the reservation is confirmed, a numbered admission gate is assigned to which guests should report on the evening of the parade. At 8:00 p.m., guests without reservations who are waiting in the General Admission line outside the Main Gate of the Barracks are offered the unclaimed seats. As a security precaution, all guests entering the Barracks pass through magnetic detection devices. No weapons of any kind, including knives, are allowed inside the Barracks. No food or beverages are permitted with the exception of water and baby food/bottles.  For additional information call (202) 433-4073 or 202-433-6060.




8:00 -9:30 p.m., Sunday, May 27

Public access to the U.S. Capitol Grounds begins at 5:00 p.m.

West lawn, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC


The National Symphony Orchestra performs the first of three outdoor holiday concerts. The concert is free and is broadcast LIVE on PBS. Memorial Day is a day to remember the sacrifices made by so many … and a day for healing. On the eve of Memorial Day, come out and enjoy the National Memorial Day Concert, a deeply moving and reverential tribute to the men and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms.  The concert is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are required.



Military Band Performances


June 7 – August 9

8:00 p.m.

Sylvan Theatre (a unit of National Mall and Memorial Parks)

National Mall, monument grounds


Thursday-----------U.S. Marine Band (No concert on July 5)


June 1 –August 31

8:00 p.m.

U.S. Capitol (West Front) (No concerts July 3-6 due to the rehearsal schedule for the “Capitol Fourth”)

Mondays-----------U.S. Navy Band

Tuesdays-----------U.S. Air Force Band

Wednesdays------U.S. Marine Band

Thursdays----------U.S. Army Band

Fridays--------------U.S. Army Band

Because most of the summer concerts are held outdoors with no rain site, inclement weather can cause cancellations. Up-to-date performance and cancellation information is available by calling the listed phone numbers for each band. For information Army Band (703)-696-3718, Marine Band (202) 433-4011, Navy Band (202)433-2525, Air Force Band (202)767-5658. Weather cancellation, “Listen to WTOP Radio.”




8:00 p.m., Tuesday evenings

U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC


June 12, 26

July 24, 31

August 14, 28


Navy Band Summer Concert Series – Each summer from June through August, the United States Navy Band proudly presents Concerts on the Avenue.  The concerts are presented on select Tuesday evenings at the United States Navy Memorial. Come out to the U.S. Navy Memorial for an evening of relaxing music by the United States Navy Band and its specialty groups. All concerts are FREE and open to the public.  For further information call 202-737-2300.





Saturday evenings: 6:00 p.m.

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

July 4, 14, 21, 28

August 4, 11, 18, 25

September 3

Special holiday concerts at 2:00 p.m. on July 4, and September 3


The Netherlands Carillon, Arlington, VA


Guest artists play two hour concerts of patriotic music, jazz, and pop on the carillon's 50 bells. The Netherlands carillon is a gift from the Dutch people in honor of American aid received during and after World War II. Bring a picnic, relax on the grass in front of the carillon, and take in picturesque views of Washington, D.C. while you enjoy the show. For more information, please visit http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/nethcarillon.htm or call 703-289-2553.





7:00 -8:00 p.m., Sundays, June 3 –August 26

Pavilion A - Fort Hunt, Alexandria, VA


The park is located approximately 6 miles south of Old Town Alexandria in Virginia along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Exit at the sign marked “Fort Hunt Road/Fort Hunt Park.”


Come out and relax under the stars at Fort Hunt Park to listen to the sounds of jazz, the rhythm of rock, or folk. Enjoy community bands at Fort Hunt Park. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Parking is available inside the park. For more information please call 703-289-2553. For the most up to date concert listing visit www.nps.gov/gwmp/fort-hunt.htm 


Sunday evening’s concert lineup is:

3-   Cold Fusion Jazz Quartet
10- Shenandoah Sound (Drum and bugle choir)
17- Emy Tseng (Jazz and Brazilian vocals)
24- Main Street (Variety of music)

1-   American Balalaika Symphony (Eastern European)
8-   Black Moon Tonic (Pop and crossover country, with some jazz)
15- Hot Society Orchestra of Washington (Music from 1920s through '40s)
22- National Concert Band
29- Cosine (Jazz, hip-hop, rock)

5-   Mount Vernon Concert Band (variety of music)
12- Alte Kamaraden (German band)
19- Elements (Cool jazz)
26- Mount Vernon Swing Band



7:00 p.m., Tuesdays, June 5- August 14

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Arlington, VA


June (7 p.m. starts) 5, 12, 19, 26

July (7 p.n. start) 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

August (6:30 p.m.) 7, 14

A one hour performance, the Sunset Parade features the music of "The Commandant's Own", The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. There are no public parking spaces available at the Memorial grounds on Parade evenings. Guests may park at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitors' Center for a small fee.  Marine Barracks provides a free shuttle bus service from the visitor center to the war memorial grounds from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before the parade and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. following the parade or you can take the Metro to Arlington Cemetery (blue line). For additional information including cancellations, please call at 202-433-6060. An inclement weather call will be made at 6:45 p.m.



 Rock Creek Park, 16TH Street and Colorado Ave., N.W., Washington, DC

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce Rock Creek Park’s Carter Barron Amphitheatre 2012 summer performance schedule. For more information, please call 202-426-0486 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/rocr


For pay shows, advance tickets are available at TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com  Carter Barron Box Office opens the day of performance from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.   All FREE shows are first come, first served.  Gates open 30 minutes before the show.  Due to the unpredictable nature of outdoor events, we are unable to exchange or refund tickets.   The Carter Barron Amphitheatre is handicapped accessible with assistance. 


No photography, recording devices, metal cans, glass bottles, hard coolers, picnic baskets or pets are permitted within the Amphitheatre.   Free parking is available in a lot adjacent to the Amphitheatre.  Enter the lot from 16th Street at Morrow Drive or Colorado Avenue.  Please respect the park and park neighbors.


June 15     The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents

Jazz Night

Akua Allrich

Jolley Brothers

Jess Righthand Quintet

7:30 pm, FREE, NO Tickets required


June 22     The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents

Reggae Night

Image Band

JohnStone Reggae Band

Akua Benjamin with Ilahvibez

7:30 pm, FREE, NO Tickets required


June 29     The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents

Boogie Blues Night

Daryl Davis Band

The Grandsons

7:30 pm, FREE, NO Tickets required


June 30     The Stylistics

Ray Goodman and Brown

Black Ivory

7:30 pm, $25


July 1              Joint Service Jazz

U.S. Army Blues, U.S. Navy Commodores, U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note

                7:30 pm, FREE, NO tickets required


July 13      The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents

Neo Soul Night


Deborah Bond

Tamika “Love”Jones

7:30 pm, FREE, NO Tickets required

July 14      Angie Stone

Rahsaan Patterson

Black Alley

7:30 pm, $25


July 20      WAR

Plunky and Oneness

7:30 pm, $25


July 21       8th Annual DC Poetry in the Park

                7:30 pm, FREE, NO tickets required


August 10         10th Annual Metro DC Dances

                7:30 pm, FREE, NO tickets required


August 11  East Coast Dance Concert

              Hosted by Culture Shock


Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mighty Shock, Afta Shock

                7:30 pm, FREE, NO tickets required


September 1   24th Annual DC Blues Festival

Sugar Ray and The Blue Tones

Sista Monica Parker

Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner

The Lionel Young Band

The DC Blues Society Band & Much More!

                12:00 Noon, FREE, NO tickets required






8:00 p.m., Saturdays, July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18

Randle Circle and Minnesota Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC


 All shows are free and open to the public.   Performances are subject to change. Shows begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. and are held rain or shine.  We encourage music lovers to come out, bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy some of the finest rhythm & blues music in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  The Fort Dupont Summer Theatre is held each year in Fort Dupont Park, an area of 376 rolling, wooded acres located east of the Anacostia River. The Fort Dupont Summer Theatre is a 39 year tradition in SE Washington, D.C. of free high quality jazz and R&B performances that are primarily sponsored by the National Park Service.   The U.S. Park Police will again this year close the venue to the public at 3:00 p.m. to allow U.S. Park Police to do a security sweep of the area prior to the concerts. Entry to the concert venue will open at 5:00 p.m. where all bags and coolers will be inspected prior to entry into the concert area. Prohibited items- Alcohol, glass containers, barbeque grills, candles and incense (part of the ban on all open fires) and Fireworks are prohibited in the park. Visitors arriving at checkpoints with vending/sales items will be given the opportunity to take items back to their vehicles or to voluntarily throw away items in trash containers prior to entry into the concert area. Park staff or U.S. Park Police will not be responsible for holding coolers or items at the checkpoint locations.  Ample parking is available in the park off of Minnesota Avenue at F Street. This area provides direct access to the concert area and includes better access for wheelchairs. Additionally there is a large parking lot on Ely Place at the Fort Dupont Ice Skating Rink that is available for concert parking. Both of these areas are short walks to the concert area. Parking is not permitted on Fort Dupont Drive in the park.  All concerts are held rain or shine. Concerts are only canceled in the event of electrical storms. Stay tuned for the line-up. For the most up to date information, please call 202-426-5961.





8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14

Washington Monument grounds, Sylvan Theatre, 15th and Constitution Ave. NW


“Pershing’s Own” is an ensemble of the U.S. Army Band. Each year The United States Army Band performs its big summer concert that concludes with the spirited Tchaikovsky’s “Overture 1812.” Come out and hear the cannons of the 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” Presidential Salute Battery. This annual musical program features classical, popular, and patriotic music for audiences of all ages. For recorded information about upcoming concerts, please call 703-696-3399.  No tickets are required for this free performance.





8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 2

West lawn, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.


The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) performs the last of three outdoor holiday concerts, sponsored by the National Park Service.  Associate Conductor Emil de Cou will lead this annual this NSO traditional on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert is free no tickets are required.  In case of inclement weather the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Please call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202-416-8114 after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 2 to find out if the performance has been moved. Gates open to the public at 3:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m., Monday, September 3

U.S. Navy Memorial, Pennsylvania Ave. NW at 9th Street, Washington, DC

The United States Navy Band and the "Sea Chanters" chorus perform an outdoor concert at the Navy Memorial. For information call 202-737-2300.



Last updated: 5/31/2012

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