Free DC Summer Concerts for Families: Best Outdoor Music Festivals 2022

Enjoy a free concert on Transit Pier every Wednesday evening. Photo courtesy of Wharf DC
Enjoy a free concert on Transit Pier every Wednesday evening. Photo courtesy of Wharf DC

Free outdoor concerts are a staple of summer for Washington, DC area families, and they're back in full swing all across Maryland, Northern Virginia, and DC. These summer concerts 2022 welcome families with kids of all ages, and some are even geared specifically towards children. The concerts and outdoor music festivals 2022 span all genres of music—from pop and rock to blues and jazz—and take place in gardens, parks, plazas, and even on the waterfront.

Here are 20+ summer concerts and music festivals for DC families. Grab some chairs or a blanket, pack a picnic, and get ready to enjoy some live music in the fresh air.

For more free outdoor family fun this summer, check out our lists of free outdoor movies near DC, summer festivals near DC for families, and free public swimming pools in DC.

Places featured in this article:


Burke Lake Park Amphitheater

Graham Road Community Building

Annapolis Maritime Museum
Summers Farm Fall Festival
Summers Farm - 10:00 AM
Gaver Farm Fall Fun Fest
Gaver Farm - 10:00 AM
Baseball: America's Home Run
National Postal Museum - 10:00 AM
Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience
National Geographic Society - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides