National Mall entertainment

Live Music in National Mall

Jazz in the Garden

Lots of locals show up for these free outdoor jazz, blues and world-music concerts at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Bring a blanket and picnic food, and supplement with beverages from the on-site Pav…
Theater in National Mall

Discovery Theater

In the basement of the Ripley Center, the Smithsonian's Discovery stages delightful puppet shows and other live educational performances for children aged two to 11 years.
Theater in National Mall

Sylvan Theater

The open-air Sylvan Theater, a stone's throw southeast of the Washington Monument, hosts a variety of performances. The summer evening military band concerts (usually at 8pm) draw big crowds.