Summer and concerts are a natural pairing like wine and cheese. And now that we’ve all shaken off the winter hibernation, families can enjoy the plethora of concerts and other live shows the DMV has to offer. Put those listening ears and dancing shoes on–these performances are standing ovation-worthy.

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Uke Fest
Calling all ukulele players! This interactive concert allows everyone to strum their strings along with Jeff Peterson, Del Rey, James Hill & Anne Janelle, Cathy Fink, and Marcy Marxer (aka ukulele players extraordinaire).

When: August 19;7 pm
Cost: Free
Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike (Bethesda, Md)
Online: strathmore.org

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Adults and young dance enthusiasts will be in awe of these jazz, ballet, and modern dance performers. Water, doors, and other innovative props bring life to the stage.

When: June 24; 8:30 pm
Cost: $10-$44
Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Rd. (Vienna, Va)
Online: wolftrap.org

Curtis Blues: Delta Blues
Curtis Blues will have your family’s feet tapping as he plays his acoustic blues beats. He’s a one-man-band playing instruments mapping the history of American blues- a handmade box guitar, harmonica, one-string Diddley Bow, and a metal resonator guitar.

When: June 27; 9:30 am and 11 am
Cost: Free
The National Theatre
1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Metro Center)
Online: thenationaldc.org

Taylor Swift 1989 Tour
There is a reason why this pop sensation has invaded the airwaves (and our iPods). Her catchy verses and poppy tunes get our vocal chords rattling. If you need a tween-mommy date night or ladies night out, check out this concert.

When: July 13 and July 14; 5 pm
Cost: $54.50-$134.50
Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St., SE (Navy Yards)
Online: washington.nationals.mlb.com

Billy Joel
“Sing us a song you’re the piano man!” You don’t need to be an 80’s child to enjoy classics like these. Billy Joel’s concerts don’t disappoint, so grab a birthday girl or boy and rock out.

When: July 25; 8 pm
Cost: $49.50-$124.50
M&T Bank Stadium
1101 Russell St. (Baltimore, Md)
Online: ticketmaster.com

Disney in Concert
Thought you finally heard the last of “Let It Go”? Think again! Every little prince and princess is invited to sing-along with the Wolf Trap Orchestra. Some of Disney’s most popular songs will be played live while watching the synchronized movie on screen.

When: August 21; 8 pm
Cost:$25-$60
Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Rd. (Vienna, Va)
Online: wolftrap.org 

Labor Day Capitol Concert
Sport your best red, white, and blue for this patriotic event! Pack a blanket because food and non-alcoholic beverages are not allowed. While noshing on your favorite snacks, you can proudly sway to the National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of American classics.

When: September 6; 3 pm
Cost: Free
U.S. Capitol, West Lawn
Online: http://dc.about.com/od/concerts/a/LaborDayConcert.htm

Which concerts are you penciling into your calendar this summer? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Danielle Larkins

Photo: welshedout via Flickr