By: Joy Mason

Music and fashion go hand in hand—art in motion.  So, why not experience both while breathing in some inspiration and fresh air? Wonderfully enough, the spring and summer seasons offer plenty of great opportunities for you to get outside, dress up, and enjoy some quality live music with your very best friends. Perfect timing for a (much needed) summer vacation away from school, right? And luckily for you, there’s no need to venture too far away to see many of your favorite artists this year. Below is a chronological list of 4 must-see music festivals, one for each month, for residents of the DMV.

Sweetlife Music Festival |May 30-31| Washington, D.C.

The festival upped its duration to a full-fledged weekend long event this year, featuring acts from Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, and The Weeknd.

Firefly Music Festival |June 15-18|Dover, Delaware

This four day long event includes acts from Paul McCartney and Snoop Dogg.

Artscape |July 21-23|Baltimore, Maryland

America’s largest free arts festival is back, with over 150 artists, fashion designers, and craftspeople. Live performances and delicious food complete the experience.

Moonrise Festival |August 12-13| Baltimore, Maryland

The fourth annual Moonrise festival returns this year featuring DJs, live bands, and performing artists across 4 stages of music with state of the art lighting, sound, and special effects.