From Bonnaroo to NXNE to Lollapalooza, summer is rife with gigantic music festivals. The D.C. area certainly has its share of festivals as well; there are several happening this weekend, from large to small. We just hope that none of them involves the Tupac hologram that showed up at Coachella.
Columbia Festival of the Arts - LakeFest
Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, FREE
2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Columbia Festival of the Arts, a two-week festival in Columbia, Maryland. This weekend is the Festival's kickoff, and the "LakeFest" events include artisans, aerial acrobats, and live music. The music highlights some great local artists, including blues singer Janine Wilson (Friday), alt-country band the Highballers (Saturday), rock group Dirty Names (Saturday), WAMA winner Ted Garber (Sunday), and the MarchFourth Marching Band (all three days).
Fest Too is DIY festival held at the Lab, a cool all-ages venue in Alexandria. This festival features over 30 punk and hardcore bands (including the Max Levine Ensemble, the Fordists, and Sundials) as well as workshops about pedal effects, zine making, and "writing practices to cope with trauma and painful experiences".
Venomous World Fest 2
Saturday, June 16 at Ras Hall, $8
Speaking of DIY shows, the DIY promoter Chris Moore (of Coke Bust, DOC, and Magrudergrind) is hosting his second Venomous World Fest this Saturday at Ras Hall, a Jamaican restaurant in Petworth that regularly hosts hardcore and metal shows. This weekend's fest includes a few local hardcore bands (Caust, Misled Youth), a few touring bands (Shaved Women, Sectarian Violence, and Poison Planet), and one of Moore's own bands, DOC.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.