3 D.C. Music Festivals to Check Out this Weekend


Pictured Above: Greenland is one of the performers at this Saturday’s inaugural Seventh Stanine Festival

It’s that time of the year when buzzy East Coast music festivals like Gov Ball, Firefly and others come back for another run. But you don’t have to travel that far to see good music. Close to home, you can catch a slew of different festivals right here in D.C., all featuring some of the area’s finest musicians. Here are three events you should see:

The Smile Project
Thursday, June 1-Sunday, June 4
RFK Stadium
Tickets $15

After putting on their annual festival last month, Broccoli City is already back with another event. Catering to the nostalgia of going to a town fair, The Smile Project packs enough thrills and tunes for a four-day weekend. There’ll be carnival rides and games, art installations and music from local acts like Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza, GoldLink and April+VISTA.


Seventh Stanine Festival
Saturday, June 3
Dew Drop Inn
2 p.m.
Tickets $10 DOS only

The Caribbean is throwing its first music festival this weekend. All in one place, you’ll get to see acts like Greenland, Boat Burning, More Humans, Chad Clark of Beauty Pill, Insect Factory, and The Caribbean throughout the afternoon on Saturday. When speaking with The Caribbean’s Matthew Byars, their venue of choice–Dew Drop Inn–sets the tone for the festival. “I just wanted this to be easy, chill, and not excessively ambitious, which can be a trap (especially for me).  It’s also just a good, art-friendly venue in an off-the-beaten path area, which reflects our attitude and the feel of the overall event.”


Washington Folk Festival
Saturday, June 3-Sunday, June 4
Glen Echo Park
12 p.m.

Spend the weekend surrounded by the beauty of Glen Echo Park and the many talented D.C. folk and Americana bands that’ll be there. Washington Folk Festival will host its large music lineup on seven stages across the park, and also offer a jam session, carousel rides, dancing and storytelling. As a primer to who you’ll see this weekend, some of our favorite D.C. musicians like Sara Curtin, Wytold and Christylez Bacon will be there.