Washington, D.C., comes alive every summer with a full lineup of concerts, performances, plays, and the like.

We’ve broken it down and found three of the hottest concerts to get tickets for this summer.

Sam Smith: The Thrill of It All Tour

Sam Smith has stolen many, many hearts with his love ballads, heartbreaking music videos, and unique personality. He’s coming to D.C. on Tuesday, July 3, and will perform at the Capital One Arena. Enjoy his soulful lyrics, strong pipes, and romantic performance. Buy tickets here. [caption id="attachment_10212" align="aligncenter" width="660"]concerts Courtesy of crypticrock.com[/caption]

Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour

Nobody can put on a spectacle of a show like Taylor Swift can, and she is coming to the DMV area for two nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 and 11, at FedEx Field in Landover, MD -- right outside of Washington, D.C. Whether you want to take your younger sister, niece, or daughter -- or even if you want to rock out with your girlfriends -- this will be one of the biggest concert events of the summer. Purchase tickets for both nights, here. [caption id="attachment_10211" align="alignnone" width="960"]concerts Courtesy of kijiji.ca[/caption]

Shakira: El Dorado World Tour

Shakira was actually originally scheduled to perform in January, so if you couldn’t make it to that show, you’re in luck because she's moved it to August! You can now see Shakira in concert on Saturday, August 11 at the Capital One Arena at 7 p.m. If you love Latin music, dancing, and upbeat songs that will get you into the summer party mood, this a great concert to attend. Purchase your tickets here. [caption id="attachment_10210" align="aligncenter" width="700"]concerts Courtesy of online.com[/caption] What concerts did you get tickets for this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

Love music, but don’t want to pay for it? Enjoy free jazz every Friday evening at the National Sculpture Garden -- all summer long.