For some, the first Jazz in the Garden marks a kick-off to spring and summer outdoor activities in The District. But why stop there? Washington, DC and surrounding Northern Virginia and Maryland areas are full of community activities, and so, of course, there are plenty of warm weather programs: including outdoor concerts and movies. We love any excuse to get outside, and live entertainment and screens on all the area greens are one great way to enjoy. Plus, why not make your weekly plans to include a stellar outdoor brunch?
Check out our 2019 roundup of concert and movie series below:
Bethesda Summer Concert Series – Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m. (May 16 – June 13)
Veterans Park, Corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Aves. (Bethesda, MD)
Come dance beneath the stars among live music that “rocks the downtown”! There are a variety of musical styles, and also different local food vendors every week. Schedule here.
Fairfax City Rock the Block! – Fourth Friday of the month, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (May 24 – October 25)
Old Town Square, 10415 North St. (Fairfax City, VA)
Grab some lawn chairs and blankets for a Friday night complete with live music, food vendors, beer garden and more! Follow and post with #TGIFairfax.
Rock the Loop – Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (through June 25)
Market Common, 2800 Clarendon Blvd. (Clarendon, Arlington, VA)
Enjoy live music, and beer and wine sold by Heritage Brewing Company (located just across the street). Proceeds benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue for homeless pets! To see the full list of bands playing, please click here.
Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art – Fridays, 5 – 8:30 p.m. (through Aug. 24)
Constitution Ave NW & 7th St. (National Mall, Washington, DC)
Top off the end of the week with a DC favorite, years in the making. Food and drinks available at the Pavilion Cafe and its carts located around the Garden, or bring your own picnic! You may not bring your own alcoholic beverages.
Decades of Summer – Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Village at Shirlington (Shirlington, VA)
Take a mid-week break and enjoy hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and original songs throughout this summer series. Don’t forget you can dine on the patio at one of the fabulous restaurants in the Village and still enjoy the live entertainment!
42nd Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival – Monday, May 27, 1 – 6 p.m.
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. (Old Town Alexandria, VA)
Wonderful outdoors jazz festival for all ages to enjoy beautiful music with a top-notch waterfront view.
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival – Select weekend dates (July – August)
Shrine Mont, 221 Shrine Mont Cir. (Orkney Springs, VA)
For an idyllic concert escape in the mountains, make a day of it and head out to Shenandoah. You are welcome to bring your own picnic, or the dining room is open earlier before concerts begin. (Reservations required: call 540-856-2141). The full 2019 schedule and ticket prices are posted here.
Tickets: $39-$85 plus ordering fees.
Falls Church Concerts in the Park – Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m. (through Aug. 1)
Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave. (Falls Church, VA)
Fun music for all ages to enjoy for the 27th annual summer concerts in the park.
National Harbor Salute the Sunset Military Concert Series – Saturdays, 7 – 8 p.m. (through Sept. 21)
Plaza Stage, National Harbor Blvd. (National Harbor, MD)
World-class performances by bands from the nation’s Armed Forces at National Harbor will stir the hearts and souls of civilians and military personnel alike!
Kensington Historical Society (KHS) Summer Concert Series – Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m. (June 1 – Sept. 28)
Takes place at Howard Avenue Park, 3709-3723 Howard Ave. (Kensington, MD)
Enjoy an hour of energetic music (artists to be announced soon). Tip: you can head to the farmer’s market for something to eat and cross the street to Howard Avenue Park to listen to the music. Both are conveniently located next to the MARC train station.
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Don't miss the last #RosslynRocks concert of the summer! Monster Band will perform at Central Place Plaza on Thursday. Come out for live music, free airbrushed tattoos and drink at our cash bar. Proceeds benefit @ASPANlink's work to end homelessness in Arlington. More details on our events calendar.
Above is pictured from last year’s series.
Rosslyn Rocks! Concerts – Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m. (June)
Central Place Plaza, 1800 N Lynn St. (Rosslyn – Arlington, VA)
Enjoy a new cover band each week while sipping on a glass of wine or having a beer with everyone in this centrally accessible location.
Strathmore Concert Series – Wednesday nights (July 10 – Aug. 28)
Strathmore on The Lawn, 5301 Tuckerman Lane (North Bethesda, MD)
“Where summertime stands still as music and memories take center stage.” This center for the arts in North Bethesda has been putting on quality programming for the community since 1981.
Adams Morgan Movie Nights – Tuesdays (May – June)
Soccer field at Marie Reed Elementary School, 1800 California St, NW (Washington, DC)
In a community rich with cultural history, movie night brings together residents and visitors alike. This movie series is one of our favorites because it’s packed with a lot of bonuses! Check out individual showings to see if there is a giveaway for early birds or additional programming like screenings of exclusive Smithsonian podcasts. Movies start at 8 p.m.
May 21 – Armageddon
May 28 – Alien
June 4 – Spaceballs
June 11 – Apollo 11
June 18 – E.T.
Cinema Del Ray – Sponsored by McEnearney Associates’ Jen Walker Team Third Saturdays of the month (May – Sept.)
Fields of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center at Mt Vernon & Commonwealth Avenue (Del Ray – Alexandria, VA)
This year, we will no longer sell bottled water. Bring your own water bottle to refill at the newly-installed fountain. For more information please visit the Jen Walker Team’s Cinema Del Ray Facebook Page
May 18 – Peter Pan
June 15 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 20 – Smallfoot (in Spanish with English subtitles)
August 17 – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
September 21 – Incredibles 2
Georgetown’s Sunset Cinema – Tuesday evenings (July 9 – August 6)
Georgetown Waterfront Park, 1000 Potomac St., NW (Washington, DC)
Head to the park adjacent to the Potomac every early for the best seating, and the movie starts at sunset around 8:30 p.m. Food vendors are also usually on site. This year’s theme is “Out of Office” featuring films about vacations.
July 9 – Under the Tuscan Sun
July 16 – Sandlot
July 23 – Little Miss Sunshine
July 30 – The Parent Trap (1998 version)
August 6 – Eat Pray Love
Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series – Thursday evenings (June 13 – August 22)
Canal Park, 200 M Street SE (Navy Yard – Washington, DC)
Looking for a great mix of current releases and older classics? Bring a picnic and check out this year’s lineup, which was voted on by the public. It promises “a great variety of action, romance, and laughs!” Grab a spot as early as 7 p.m.; the movie starts at sundown.
June 13 – Crazy Rich Asians
June 20 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
June 27 – The Little Mermaid
July 4 – No Movie (4th of July Holiday)
July 11 – The Goonies
July 18 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 25 – Apollo 13
August 1 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
August 8 – Guardians of the Galaxy
August 15 – Incredibles 2
August 22 – Bohemian Rhapsody
National Harbor Plaza Screen – Thursdays and Sundays (some weeks excluded, May – August)
165 Waterfront Street (National Harbor, MD)
With two different movie series going. Note that depending upon other programming at the location, not every Thursday or Sunday has a film showing.
Date Night movies are Thursdays at 7 p.m.
May 16 – Robin Hood
May 23 – Aquaman
May 30 – Crazy Rich Asians
June 20 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
June 27 – Dream Girls
July 4 – Selena
July 25 – Justice League
August 8 – Transformers the Last Night
Family movies are Sundays at 6 p.m.
May 19 – Incredibles 2
May 26 – The Lego Batman Movie
June 2 – Cars 3
June 16 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
June 23 – Air Bud World Cup
June 30 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
July 21 – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
July 28 – The Lego Movie
August 4 – How to Train Your Dragon, The Hidden World
NoMa Summer Screen – Wednesdays (June 5 – August 21, potential makeup rain date August 28)
Corner of First & Pierce, 1200 First St. NE (NoMA – Washington, DC)
Award-winning film festival in its 12th season – an absolute must to do every year! Dogs are welcomed as long as they are on a leash. The theme this year is, “Who’s Got Game?” with sports-related films.
June 5 – The Karate Kid
June 12 – Love & Basketball
June 19 – Moneyball
June 26 – Rudy
July 3 – The Sandlot
July 10 – I, Tonya
July 17 – Bend It Like Beckham
July 24 – Remember the Titans
July 31 – Bring It On
August 7 – Cool Runnings
August 14 – She’s the Man
August 21 – Best in Show
August 28 – rain date
Photo courtesy of Union Market Drive-In Movie Series
Union Market DC Drive-In – First Friday of the month (May – October)
Union Market, 1309 5th St NE (NoMA – Washington, DC)
Back for a seventh season – don’t miss this series with movies for any age! Movies begin at about 8:30/8:45 p.m.
Drive-in parking is $15, but walkups are free.
June 7 – Con Air
July 5 – A League of Their Own
August 2 – Jaws
September 6 – Coco
October 4 – The Wiz
Golden Triangle: Golden Cinema Series – Fridays (June 7 – August 2)
Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Ave and K St., NW (Downtown – Washington, DC)
As always, bring a blanket and some food. With plenty of eateries nearby, this can be a convenient stop in your day! Movies begin at about 8:30/8:45 p.m.
June 7 – Crazy Rich Asians
June 14 – A Dog’s Way Home
June 21 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
June 28 – Ocean’s 8
July 12 – Mary Poppins Returns
July 19 – Incredibles 2
July 26 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
August 2 – Wonder Woman
Summer Movies at The Wine Bin – Select dates (May – October)
7390 Main Street (Ellicott City, MD)
Movies begin at 9 p.m. in May, June, July, and August and at 8 p.m. in September.
Drinks available for purchase to consume in the parking lot.
May 24 – Mission: Impossible (1996)
May 25 – Mission: Impossible (2018)
June 1 – Incredibles 2
June 8 – Bohemian Rhapsody
June 15 – Roman Holiday
June 22 – Guardians of the Galaxy
June 19 – First Man
July 6 – Wonder Woman
July 13 – The Big Sick
July 20 – A Star Is Born
July 27 – Beauty and the Beast
Aug. 3 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Aug. 10 – The Rock
Aug. 17 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Aug. 24 – The Natural
Aug. 31 – Princess Bride
Sept. 7 – The Black Klansman
Sept. 14 – Rear Window
Sept. 28 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Oct. 26 – A Quiet Place
Dumbarton Annual Jane Austen Film Festival – Wednesdays (July)
Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street, NW (Georgetown – Washington, DC)
Now in its eighth year and expanded to five films, come check out this annual Jane Austen film festival where characters come to life from her bestselling novels. Pre-ordered picnics are available! Gates open at 7:30 film begins at sunset (8:30)
$6 per film, or $25 for all 5 films. (Free for Dumbarton House Museum Members). Advanced purchase recommended.
July 3 – Sense and Sensibility
July 10 – Emma
July 17 – Persuasions
July 24 – Love and Friendship
July 31 – Pride and Prejudice
Rosslyn Outdoor Movie Festival – Fridays (June 7 – July 12)
Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy (At the base of Key Bridge in Rosslyn – Arlington, VA)
Bring a blanket or low chairs and a group of friends and enjoy a night under the stars with your favorite movies! Movies start at dusk, but the fun starts at 5 p.m. with games and Pub in the Park. Kid and dog-friendly. Popcorn from Popped Republica and various food trucks will be available on-site.
June 7 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
June 14 – Paddington
June 21 – Casablanca
June 28 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
July 5 – Crazy Rich Asians
July 12 – Incredibles 2
Starlight Drive-In Cinema in Trinity Center – Saturdays (August)
5860 Trinity Parkway (Centreville, VA)
Movie nights that bring the community together and nurture community spirit with features that appeal to both children and adults is what Starlight Cinema is all about. Films start at 6 p.m.
August 3 – The Lego Movie
August 10 – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
August 17 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
August 24 – Incredibles 2
Columbia Pike Movie Nights – Fridays and Saturdays, two locations (June 14 – August 24)
Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St | PenRose Square, 2503 Columbia Pike (Arlington, VA)
The theme this year is Heroes & Sheroes: Movies with a Mission. You are encouraged to bring your own chair.
Schedule at Arlington Mill on Fridays:
June 14 – Moana
June 21 – On the Basis of Sex
June 28 – A Wrinkle in Time
July 5 – Hidden Figures
July 12 – Aquaman
July 19 – First Man
July 26 – The Incredibles
August 2 – Mulan
August 9 – Brave
August 16 – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
August 23 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Schedule at PenRose Square on Saturdays:
June 15 – Black Panther
June 22 – Wonder Woman
June 29 – The Post
July 6 – Apollo 13
July 13 – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
July 20 – Akeelah and the Bee
July 27 – Selma
August 3 – Norma Rae
August 10 – A League of Their Own
August 17 – Life in the Doghouse
August 24 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Film series we had our eye on the past, but which are not yet announced for 2019 include:
Four Mile Summer Movie Series
Mosaic District Films in the Park
Bethesda Outdoor Movies
As a bonus, if outdoor movies are not quite your thing, why not check out a live action performance? We can’t wait to check out Picnic Theater Company Presents: The Great Gatsby at the Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St NW (Georgetown – Washington DC) June 12, 13 and 14th. Rain or shine. Picnic and cocktails 6 pm, performance 7 pm. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at door.