Acoustic on the Green (25 W. Market St., Leesburg). Saturday nights in downtown Leesburg mean free concerts on the front lawn of Town Hall. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and spend an evening listening to local performers. Concerts start at 7 and run June 13 through August 22.
Fairfax County Summer Entertainment Series (locations throughout Fairfax County). Fairfax presents a roster of free shows, concerts, and movies each year from May through September. Musical performances include woodwind and brass quartets, blues, and jazz performances. Check out the Web site for an easy-to-use search tool of all the entertainment this summer.
Friday Night Live! (777 Lynn St., Herndon). Friday Night Live! in Herndon hosts local and regional bands every Friday night through August 28. No pets are allowed on concert grounds.
Potomac Overlook Regional Park (2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington). Local musical acts perform at the park every other Saturday evening during the summer. On May 30, catch local musician Andrew Acosta. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help fund the series. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner, but leave the alcohol at home.
Rock at the Row (Pentagon Row at Army Navy Dr. and S. Joyce St., Arlington). Back for its seventh year, Rock at the Row features free concerts Thursday evenings at 7 through August 20. In addition to music by local bands and performers, you can sample food, snag giveaways, and participate in contests.
Sounds of Summer (44050 Woodbridge Parkway, Lansdowne) Sponsored by Lansdowne Resort, this concert series will feature jazz, country, salsa, and blues musicians. The series kicks off June 5, with jazz band Sharon Thomas Experience performing at 7:30. For a roster of artists performing and more information about the series, click here. Sounds of Summer runs through September 4.
Bethesda Summer Concert Series (Bethesda Place Plaza at Old Georgetown Rd. and Woodmont Ave.; Veterans Park at Woodmont and Norfolk aves.). Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings, catch performances by folk, jazz, funk, blues, and swing bands in Bethesda. The Wednesday shows at Bethesda Place Plaza run noon to 2, and the Thursday performances at Veterans Park are 6 to 8.
Black Rock Center for the Arts 2009 Summer Concert Series (12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown) This series kicks off July 4 and runs every Saturday through August 15. Hula Monster, a Hawaiian rock band plays July 11, and the US Navy Cruisers perform August 1. Shows start at 7, except for the July 4 show, which starts at 6. For a complete schedule, click here.
Gaithersburg Backyard Concerts Series (parks throughout the area). Showcasing pop rock, folk, hip-hop, and reggae, this series runs June 4 through July 30. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and food donations to aid local food banks. A schedule of the music festival is available on the event’s Web site.
Strathmore Hall (5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda). Wednesday evenings through August, Strathmore holds free outdoor concerts at the Gudelsky Concert Pavilion Gazebo. Rock quartet Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem kicks it off on June 24. Project Mingus, a seven-piece band, makes a stop July 15, and a performance by the Afro-Pop Alliance rounds out the free series August 15.
Washingtonian Center Summer Concert Series (231 Rio Blvd., Gaithersburg). This shopping-and-dining development hosts classic rock, motown, and soul performances every Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30. Concerts are held at the Lakefront Plaza. June 6 through August 15. For more information, click here.