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See Peter Pan in the ThreeSixty Theatre at Tysons June 34 - August 16

See Peter Pan in the ThreeSixty Theatre at Tysons June 34 – August 16

Summer brings a whole new lineup of shows to local stages. And the timing couldn’t be better — it’s a perfect way to keep cool during long, hot days and, at some venues, enjoy the outdoors on nice ones. Here’s where you catch all the live entertainment coming to the area over the next few months.

Outdoor Summer Concert Series
Where: Throughout the area
When: Various day and times
Tickets: Almost always FREE

Free music in the fresh air has become a staple of the season, and there are opportunities to enjoy just about every genre regularly at outdoor venues all around the DC-Metro. From Jazz on the National Mall to riverside entertainment to shows in local shopping centers, the Summer in DC guide has a round-up of where and when you can enjoy the sounds of summer.

Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: June 19 – August 23
Tickets: $19.50 (look for a discount here)

Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! But, it seems that all his friends – Arlene, Odie, Jon and even his nemesis, Nermal, seem to have forgotten. Feeling rejected, Garfield ventures out to find adventure, but quickly learns that “home is where the heart… and the food is.” Recommended for all ages.

Peter Pan
Where: ThreeSixty Theater at Tysons
When: June 24 – August 16
Tickets: (look for a discount here)

Fly to Neverland in a whole new way with a spectacular innovative live stage production of Peter Pan! takes place in the one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, 100-foot-high Threesixty Theatre, a luxurious world-class theatre-tent. It combines intimate theater-in-the-round, overhead surround CGI projection, actors in dazzling flying sequences forty feet in the air, and whimsical puppets that bring J.M. Barrie’s classic tale to fantastical life. Use the code PPMOM at checkout to get a discount on select seats and dates or look for a deal here.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap
When: June 23 – August 8
Tickets: $8-10

From late June through early August, Wolf Trap presents Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods, over 70 family-friendly performances at 10:30am Tuesdays through Saturdays. Amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove, the stage is set for lively adventures in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater. All of the productions are recommended for children between Kindergarten and 6th grade. The full schedule of shows is available of the Wolf Trap website. And you can read a KFDC review of the series from a previous summer here.

Jammin’ at the Smithsonian: Karen K
Where: Discovery Theater, Ripley Center
When: June 25-26, 10:15am & 11:30am
Tickets: $3-8

After two sold out performances in January, Karen K is back! Known for her upbeat, catchy, genre-swirling tunes (that parents enjoy as much as their kids), Karen K keeps hands clapping and feet jumping at her rockin’, crowd-engaging shows performed across the country.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Ongoing daily, 6pm
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center presents these free, no-tickets-required performances every day at 6pm, and the public is welcome to enjoy them. The acts span the genres — you can see everything from contemporary dance to folk music to puppetry to comedy shows to opera scenes. Millennium Stage showcases everyone from local youth choirs to internationally known. This is a great series to keep in mind for whenever you’re looking for some free evening entertainment.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: The National Theatre
When: Saturdays, June 27 – August 1
Tickets: Free

The free theatre program runs on select Saturdays through July with performances at 9:30am and 11:30am. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. See the complete schedule of performances here. Tickets are distributed day of performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5

The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. They have an arsenal of shows that they switch up every performance, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s playing when you go.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Ongoing
Tickets: $5/weekdays, $10/weekends

Tot Rock is Jammin’ Java’s super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC Metro area’s finest music clubs. Local acts perform every Thursday and Friday, and touring performers drop by on many weekends. Check the calendar often to see when your favorite act is performing, and for other calendar updates.

Double Trouble
Where: Imagination Stage
When: June 24 – August 14
Tickets: $10 and up

Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at Camp Kästner Summer Camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Having switched places, the girls discover that their deception is hard to sustain. Will their parents be convinced that the sisters belong together? Catch this world premiere musical! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Snow White and the 7 Dwarves
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: June 25 – August 9
Tickets: $10

When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.’s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Recommended for PreK – Grade 4 ages.

Where: Imagination Stage
When: June 27 – July 26
Tickets: $14

With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Imagination Movers Live
Where: The Maryland Zoo
When: June 28, 1pm (doors open at 12pm)
Tickets: $25 or $75/family 4-pack

What goes together like the Zoo and family fun? You and the Imagination Movers! On June 28th, get ready to laugh, sing, and dance along with the Emmy-award winning stars of a hit Disney channel series, The Imagination Movers! This rockin’ family-friendly concert will take place at the Zoo’s Waterfowl Lake Pavilion.

SOLE Defined
Where: Discovery Theater, Ripley Center
When: July 7-10
Tickets: $3-8

Separate your hands from your feet and clap along to a rhythmic beat! SOLE Defined fuses percussive dance forms to music from around the globe. Created by Ryan K. Johnson (Cirque Du Soleil and STOMP) and Quynn Johnson (Author and Award Winning Choreographer), SOLE Defined excites the senses in a rhythmic performance that has been called “truly amazing!” This award winning production takes an exciting twist on theater and percussive dance by creating a free flowing conversation through music and movement.

Backyard Theatre for Children
Where: Strathmore
When: June 9-30
Tickets: $8/ages 3 and up

A summertime favorite, Backyard Theater for Children returns Thursdays in July with enough music and magic to thrill kids and parents alike – all outdoors under a big tent! Feel free to bring blankets or low beach chairs along with a bag lunch then grab a patch of grass after the applause.

Where: National Theatre
When: July 14 – 25
Tickets: $14-38 (look for a discount here)

The BFG is the world’s only friendly giant. He operates in the strictest of secrecy to bring good dreams to the human world, while his nasty counterparts steal and have the despicable habit of eating children. Upon meeting little orphan Sophie through her window, he whisks her away to his home in Giant Country. Together they embark on an adventure to Buckingham Palace to get help from the Queen and save the children from the other giants! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Junk Music with the Junkman
Where: Discovery Theater, Ripley Center
When: July 14-17
Tickets: $3-8

Donald Knaack is The Junkman. Played 100% on recycled materials, Junk Music has gained audiences from rock and jazz to classical and world-fusion. In addition to live performances, Donald Knaack has put out three studio albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy and the other of which had tracks used in television commercials for ESPN and Electronic Arts. Always remember to Recycle, reduce, and reuse!

Shrek the Musical
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: July 17-26
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/child

See theatre by kids for kids in Encore Stage & Studio summer production: In a kingdom far, far, away, the beautiful and feisty Princess Fiona is locked up in her tower waiting for her one true love to rescue her. Countless attempts by handsome princes all fail, however one ugly ogre and his talkative sidekick Donkey rise up to the challenge. With a gang of fairytale misfits, and the bad Lord Farquaad, Shrek becomes the unlikely hero of the kingdom in this must-see musical comedy! Your whole family will enjoy this production based on the 2001 DreamWorks Film Shrek and William Steig’s 1990 book Shrek. Like the film, this musical contains irreverent humor and action sequences. Recommend this production for ages 8 and up.

Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: July 17, 5pm & July 18, 6pm
Tickets: Free

In this show, created and performed by the Swedish circus company Magmanus, you will meet an angry, small but passionate acrobat and a stupid, gigantic yet so lovable juggler. Together they perform in a warm circus show with jaw dropping skills and stomach turning comedy that includes Bollywood juggling, teeterboard dancing and handstand, and a high flying acrobatic grand finale you’ll never forget. This is part of the theatre’s free summer concert series.

Robert Strong: The Comedy Magician
Where: Discovery Theater, Ripley Center
When: July 21-24
Tickets: $3-8

Everybody duck—it’s Robert Strong! With his blend of comedy, magic and juggling, he will have you gasping in amazement and rolling in the aisles… or is that rolling in amazement and gasping in the aisles?? The Las Vegas Sun says, “Is he a magician who does comedy or a comedian who does magic? You be the judge! Either way, Robert Strong’s a riot.”

Where: Round House Theatre
When: July 24 – August 16
Tickets: $35-45

London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Packed full of joyful songs, including Consider Yourself, You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket or Two, Oom-Pah-Pah! and the exuberant Food Glorious Food, this will be the theatrical highlight of your year.

Dinosaur Desperados
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: August 13-30
Tickets: $10

Return with us now to those thrilling days of prehistoric yesteryear, where the Old West meets the old, old, old West at the Dew Drop Inn, in Fossil Junction. DinoRock Productions’ dinosaur wranglers Ingrid Crepeau, Michele Valeri and Steve Little unmask eight little-known denizens of the Mesozoic Era from all over the world. Recommended for PreK – Grade 3 ages.

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