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Olney Outdoors is back!

Return outdoors with over 25 summer programs to be held on the newly renovated Root Family Stage at Omi's Pavilion, this summer from July 7 - September 3, 2023.

From the opening weekend Applause Series performance of West Side Story to the closing concert featuring the legendary Chita Rivera, this promises to be our biggest summer ever. 

Newly renovated Root Family Stage at Omi's Pavilion

Root Family Stage at Omi's Pavilion


All programs begin at 8:00 pm on the Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion, except where noted. Programs take place rain or shine but may be moved indoors in the instance of heavy or sustained rain and/or lightning.

Grand Opening Week of the Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion

  • Since last summer, we’ve completely rebuilt the Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion, and to break it in, we’re kicking off Olney Outdoors with a week of favorites.

    Friday, July 7, 8:00 PM: Concert: Better Off Dead
    One of the mid-Atlantic’s most popular Grateful Dead tribute bands, local to Maryland, Better Off Dead will get you feeling good and groovy! Featuring Maryland and DC musicians, Better Off Dead has performed in some of the East Coast’s most beloved venues and their performance on the new Root Family Stage at Omi’s Pavilion at Olney Theatre will be epic!

  • Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 7:30 PM: Applause Series: West Side Story
    Jets and Sharks on stage with a full band for a concert version of one of America’s most beloved musicals.

Welcome to the 50s

Welcome to the 60s

  • Barbra

    One of the best decades for music in American history.

    Thursday, July 20, 8:00 PM: 60s Drag Divas
    Ersatz Barbras, Dianas, Janises, and more.

    Friday, July 21, 8:00 PM: Cabaret: Motown Celebration 
    The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and that’s just the bands that begin with “The”

    Saturday, July 22, 8:00 PM: One-Name Cabaret: Sounds of Barbra
    Streisand. Not that you needed to ask.


Welcome to the 70s

Welcome to the 80s

Just Arts

  • Saturday, August 5 

    More details to come about our annual tribute to the intersection of Arts and Social Justice.


Welcome to the 90s

  • Boy Bands

    When your phone was just a phone.

    Thursday, August 17, 8:00 PM: 90s Drag Divas
    Madonna, Whitney, Janet, Cher, Mariah

    Friday, August 18, 8:00 PM: Cabaret: Sounds of Boy Bands
    A tribute to Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and BoyzIIMen, 98 Degrees

    Saturday, August 19, 8:00 PM: Cabaret: Sounds of Girl Groups
    Arguably an unmatched era for girl groups like TLC, En Vogue, Destiny’s Child, Salt-n-Pepa, and even the Spice Girls. 


  • Chita Rivera

    Thursday, August 31, 8:00 PM: Rhapsody in Blue and other Gershwin with Company E Dance
    A multi-disciplinary feast from the internationally renowned company

    Friday, September 1, 8:00 PM: Local Comedy Night
    Spend a “stand-up” night with some of the DMV’s best comedians

    Saturday, September 2: SUMMERFEST
    Our annual open house with tons of free events, giveaways, and backstage tours.

    Saturday, September 2, 8:00 PM: Sounds of ABBA Tribute
    One last taste of summer.

    Sunday, September 3, 8:00 PM: Chita Rivera: The Rhythm of My Life
    Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera! The incomparable Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career from West Side Story, Sweet Charity and Bye Bye Birdie to Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Visit, and more. In addition to a tribute to her dear friends John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse & Lee Adams, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, accompanied by her long-time trio and special guests. With credits, honors, and awards too numerous to mention, Ms. Rivera belongs in the first tier of American musical theatre legends. Her performance will be a can’t-miss opportunity to say “you were there” as Olney adds her appearance to our storied history, which places her in the company of Helen Hayes, Carol Channing, Olivia de Havilland, and Tallulah Bankhead. 


For most events seating for Olney Outdoors is purchased by section. Those sections include:

  • Individual Seats - Olney Theatre-provided chairs in front of the stage
  • Bleacher Seats - Metal bleachers further back -- what they lack in back-support, make up for in sightlines.
  • Lawn - Areas for blankets and bring-your-own chair. Sightlines may be obscured.

Seating within sections is general admission. So arrive early to save your seat.


All-Access Membership

The All-Access pass for the summer is sold out.

If more than one or two events sound exciting, then you should consider purchasing our All-Access Membership. For only $99 you can see everything Olney Theatre produces and presents, including Mainstage performances from July 1 - September 30*.

Available for singles, couples, and households!

The All-Access membership goes on sale June 1.

(*The only event not included in the All-Access Membership is Chita Rivera: The Rhythm of My Life. However, All-Access Members can purchase this event for themselves only at 1/2 price.)


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