Grab a blanket, slather on the SPF 50 and pop a seat on a lawn near you to enjoy everything from Zydeco to electric cello to go-go at these free (mostly outdoor) summer concerts in Montgomery County:
What: Outdoor Summer Concerts at Strathmore (Free, but parking is $5)
When and Where: Wednesdays, June 26 to Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore (at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda).
Deets: Hear everything from authentic DC go-go to an electric cello at the music venues summer concert series. (Check the calendar online to see who’s playing when.)
Bonus: Strathmore is collecting used instruments for Hungry for Music, a nonprofit that helps underprivileged children study music.
What: Bethesda Summer Concert Series
When and Where: Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Veterans Park (at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues in Bethesda).
Deets: Ends July 25. (Check the website to see who’s playing when.)
What: BlackRock Summer Concert Series
When and Where: Saturdays, July 6-27, at 7 p.m. at BlackRock Center for the Arts (at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown).
Deets: Four bands will play a variety of music styles live at the Germantown arts venue. (Check the website to see who’s playing when.)
What: Thursday Morning Kids Concerts
When and Where: Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Gaithersburg City Hall Concert Pavilion (at 31 S Summit Ave, Gaithersburg).
Deets: Every Thursday through Aug. 7. (Check the city website to see who’s playing when.)
What: Downtown Live!
When and Where: Fridays through July 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Silver Spring (Ellsworth Drive, between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue).
Deets: Two hours of free pop, rock or old-school R&B, depending on when you go. (Check the website to see who’s playing when.)
What: Latin Music & Dance Festival (Free)
When and Where: Friday, July 26 7 to 9 p.m. at Gaithersburg City Hall Concert Pavilion (at 31 S Summit Ave., Gaithersburg).
Deets: Catch Afro Bop Alliance, a Latin Grammy Award-winning jazz septet, on stage while The DC Casineros bring the dance. Brush up on your salsa as the group leads dances with audience members.
What: Friday Night Live (Free)
When and Where: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., through Sept. 27 at Rockville Town Square.
Deets: Depending on the night, catch live performances of everything from Zydeco to classic rock to a 90s cover band. (Yes, you’re allowed to hope for a little Backstreet Boys.) (Check the website to see who’s playing when.)