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No matter where you live or what you do, festivals are a summer tradition that always has something for everyone.  Whether it’s the National Capital Barbeque Battle, the DC Jazz Fest, the Uncle Sam Jam or Black Family Reunion – every great festival has a combination of food, parades, fireworks, vendors and of course, great music.  This summer boasts some of the best festivals in and around DC, so definitely check out some of June’s hottest musical performances – festival style!

June 1st – 12th : 36th Annual Capital Pride Celebration 2011 – Various Locations & Events (DC)

  • Capital Pride is the annual celebration of the LGBT community in the Nation’s capital.  Traditionally held the over the first full week of June each year, the Capital Pride program includes a parade, performances, a festival, “Pride Idol”, pageants, fashion shows and more.  Capital Pride works to produce a diverse programming line-up each year to celebrate the heritage and lives of the LGBT community and its allies.
  • Performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, Jennifer Holiday, “Pride Idol” and more.
  • Festival Times and Locations Vary : Select Events are ticketed

June 1st – 13th : DC Jazz Fest – Various Locations & Events (DC)

  • With more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. The Festival presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national and internationally-known talent at venues across D.C., promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts.
  • Performances by Bobby McFerrin, David Schuman, Sin Miedo, Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Eddie Palmieri All-Star Salsa Orchestra, Frederic Yonnet and more.
  • Festival Times and Locations Vary : Select Events are ticketed

June 2nd – 5th: 16th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest – Hagerstown (MD)

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DC Music Lovers it is one of the hottest (literally and figuratively) weekends in DC for music.  Memorial Day tends to kick off the summer music season with cook outs – however if you like music with your hot dogs and burgers – then festivals, National Mall events, jazz, world music and more is what’s in store this weekend…  Whether you enjoy sitting in an air-conditioned theater or arena, being outdoors on the grass or mixing your music with food and festival fun – there is an unlimited amount of music performances, both day and night, to fulfill whatever tickles your musical fancy.

If you thought last weekend’s musical calendar carried a heavy load, then you are not even prepared for the DC Music Scene!!  Make sure to pack your sunscreen, some bottled water and maybe break out your bicycle (gas is really high) because this weekend’s music events are taking us outside so join me, mother nature and DC music lovers as we soak up some sun, fun and great music.

Enjoy!!

Thursday – May 26th:  

  • Friendly Fires with Wise Blood at the 930 Club (UK – Dance Indie Pop)
  • Lloyd at The Park (Rap/Hip Hop)
  • America with Tiffany Thompson at the Birchmere (Pop Rock)

Friday – May 27th:

  • Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at DAR Constitution Hall (Bollywood, Qawwali)
  • Paul Simon at 930 Club (Icon)
  • Faith Evans at The Park (R&B)
  • The Human Abstract at Jaxx Nightclub (Metal)
  • Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra at the Kennedy Center/Millennium Stage (Opera)
  • America with Liz Longley at the Birchmere (Pop Rock) – SOLD OUT!

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Passport DC

Join us for Passport DC 2011, an exploration through Washington, DC’s international culture during the entire month of May. Now in its fourth year, Passport DC invites participants to experience a global journey without leaving the city. Featuring street festivals, open houses, embassy events, special performances, and much more, Passport DC explores the international community that is a vital part of DC culture. Tours will take place rain or shine! 
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AROUND THE WORLD EMBASSY TOUR

Please note that Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan is no longer participating on May 14.

May 14 – Cultural Tourism DC presents the fourth annual Around the World Embassy Tour, the capstone event of Passport DC.  Thirty-four embassies from around the globe will open their doors and welcome visitors to experience the art, culture, cuisine, and much more.  Learn all you need to know about the Around the World Embassy Tour.


This year’s other signature Passport DC events include:

Shortcut to Europe: EU Embassies Open House: May 7 – Tour inside the embassies of the European Union member countries and discover their distinctive cultures.

Kids World Cinema: May 13-14; 20-22 – Young cinema fans are sure to enjoy this celebration of children’s films from countries around the world. Presented in partnership with Alliance Française de Washington, this two-weekend festival features the screening of international children’s films as well as educational workshops.

National Asian Heritage Festival: Fiesta Asia Street Fair: May 21 –The National Asia Heritage Foundation, presents this street festival honoring the diverse cultures of Asia.

Meridian International Children’s Festival: May 21 – This festival introduces the next generation of global travelers to cultures around the world.

View the Passport DC brochure.

Subscribe to Cultural Tourism DC’s Weekly Events Update to receive updates and information on Passport DC 2011.

Of course it goes without saying that the DC Music scene offers music lovers such an eclectic mix of international, national and local recording artists.  For true music lovers, sometimes it’s simply impossible to keep up with all the shows, concerts, festivals, listening parties, private performances, and “guest performances”.  The fact is, the DC Music scene has something to offer everyone.

Every week a humble short list offering of the weekends music events & concerts will provided.  As we gear up for the summer concert season, this week features acts from Fantasia to Everclear to B.o.B. to Cassandra Wilson to Jason Isbell.  Once again, the weekend is undoubtly bringing music “worth listening to” to the Nation’s Capital.

Thursday – May 19th:

Friday – May 20th:

  • White Lies, Asobi Seksu and Sun Airway at the 930 Club (Indie Rock)

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