Kennedy Center - Washington, DC

Since opening its doors in 1971, Kennedy Center has served as a legendary hub for the arts in the United States. The vision for the venue began in 1958 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed bipartisan legislation creating a National Cultural Center. Following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Congress designated the center as a living memorial to him and authorized $23 million to be spent on its construction. It has become one of the greatest international stages in the world, hosting performances ranging from rock concerts to operas to Broadway productions.

Kennedy Center is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera and Suzanne Ferrell Ballet. It also plays host to international performers and seasonal events. Programming is developed to engage the whole family, and the center boasts a roster of events intended to introduce both modern and traditional art forms to young people. The Millennium Stage offers free performances at 6 pm each night.

Located on the bank of the Potomac River, the picturesque venue is accessible by Metro, taxi and car. Parking is available onsite for a fee. Visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase a discounted parking pass, particularly on dates designated as “High Capacity Days,” when attendance surges at the venue.

Visitors who arrive early to events at Kennedy Center can take in the breathtaking view of the nation’s capital, enjoy casual dining at KC Café or visit Roof Terrace Restaurant for fine dining and cocktails.
Thu
Jan 17, 2019
7:30 PM
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Fri
Jan 18, 2019
1:30 PM
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Fri
Jan 18, 2019
7:30 PM
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Fri
Jan 18, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianadrea Noseda & Renee Fleming - Schubert
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 19, 2019
1:30 PM
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 19, 2019
7:30 PM
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sun
Jan 20, 2019
1:30 PM
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sun
Jan 20, 2019
3:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianadrea Noseda & Renee Fleming - Schubert
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Tue
Jan 22, 2019
7:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Star Wars' Return Of The Jedi - Film With Live Orchestra
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Wed
Jan 23, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Star Wars' Return Of The Jedi - Film With Live Orchestra
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Thu
Jan 24, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Star Wars' Return Of The Jedi - Film With Live Orchestra
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Fri
Jan 25, 2019
7:30 PM
Image China: Xuanzang's Pilgrimage
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Fri
Jan 25, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: An Evening With Brandy Norwood
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Fri
Jan 25, 2019
9:00 PM
Reese Waters
Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 26, 2019
11:00 AM
National Symphony Orchestra for Young Audiences: Banda Magda
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 26, 2019
1:30 PM
Image China: Xuanzang's Pilgrimage
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 26, 2019
1:30 PM
National Symphony Orchestra for Young Audiences: Banda Magda
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 26, 2019
7:00 PM
Kokayi
Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 26, 2019
7:30 PM
Image China: Xuanzang's Pilgrimage
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 26, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: An Evening With Brandy Norwood
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sat
Jan 26, 2019
9:00 PM
Kokayi
Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
Washington, DC
Sun
Jan 27, 2019
1:30 PM
Image China: Xuanzang's Pilgrimage
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sun
Jan 27, 2019
1:30 PM
National Symphony Orchestra for Young Audiences: Banda Magda
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Jan 27, 2019
4:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra for Young Audiences: Banda Magda
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Tue
Jan 29, 2019
1:30 PM
American Ballet Theatre: Open Working Rehearsal
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Tue
Jan 29, 2019
7:30 PM
American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Tue
Jan 29, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Wed
Jan 30, 2019
7:30 PM
American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Wed
Jan 30, 2019
7:30 PM
Fortas Chamber Music: Imani Winds
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Wed
Jan 30, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Thu
Jan 31, 2019
7:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda & Daniil Trifonov - Beethoven's Emperor
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Thu
Jan 31, 2019
7:30 PM
American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Thu
Jan 31, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 1, 2019
7:00 PM
Bassem Youssef
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 1, 2019
7:30 PM
American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 1, 2019
7:30 PM
AJ Fletcher Opera: Werther
Roger L. Stevens Center
Winston Salem, NC
Fri
Feb 1, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 1, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda & Daniil Trifonov - Beethoven's Emperor
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 1, 2019
9:00 PM
Bassem Youssef
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 2, 2019
1:30 PM
American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 2, 2019
6:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 2, 2019
7:30 PM
American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 2, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda & Daniil Trifonov - Beethoven's Emperor
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 2, 2019
8:00 PM
Steven Wright
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 2, 2019
9:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 3, 2019
1:30 PM
American Ballet Theatre: Harlequinade
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 3, 2019
2:00 PM
AJ Fletcher Opera: Werther
Roger L. Stevens Center
Winston Salem, NC
Sun
Feb 3, 2019
2:00 PM
Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works of Hindemith, Respighi, Lutoslawski & Schubert
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 3, 2019
3:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 3, 2019
7:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Tue
Feb 5, 2019
7:00 PM
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Tue
Feb 5, 2019
7:30 PM
AJ Fletcher Opera: Werther
Roger L. Stevens Center
Winston Salem, NC
Tue
Feb 5, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Wed
Feb 6, 2019
7:30 PM
Chamber Music Society
Roger L. Stevens Center
Winston Salem, NC
Wed
Feb 6, 2019
7:30 PM
Fortas Chamber Music: Juilliard String Quartet
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Wed
Feb 6, 2019
7:30 PM
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Wed
Feb 6, 2019
8:00 PM
The Music Man
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 7, 2019
7:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda - Brahms, Schumann & Liszt
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 7, 2019
7:30 PM
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 7, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 7, 2019
8:00 PM
The Music Man
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 8, 2019
7:30 PM
Nellie McKay
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 8, 2019
7:30 PM
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 8, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 8, 2019
8:00 PM
The Music Man
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 9, 2019
1:30 PM
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 9, 2019
2:00 PM
The Music Man
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 9, 2019
6:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 9, 2019
7:30 PM
Leon Fleisher
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 9, 2019
7:30 PM
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 9, 2019
8:00 PM
The Music Man
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 9, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda - Brahms, Schumann & Liszt
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 9, 2019
9:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 10, 2019
1:30 PM
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 10, 2019
2:00 PM
The Music Man
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 10, 2019
3:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 10, 2019
7:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 10, 2019
8:00 PM
The Music Man
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Tue
Feb 12, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Wed
Feb 13, 2019
7:30 PM
NeoArctic
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Wed
Feb 13, 2019
7:30 PM
National Ballet of China: Raise the Red Lantern
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Wed
Feb 13, 2019
8:00 PM
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 14, 2019
7:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda - Berlioz's Romeo & Juliet
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 14, 2019
7:30 PM
NeoArctic
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 14, 2019
7:30 PM
National Ballet of China: Raise the Red Lantern
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 14, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 14, 2019
8:00 PM
PJ Morton
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 15, 2019
7:30 PM
NeoArctic
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 15, 2019
7:30 PM
National Ballet of China: Raise the Red Lantern
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 15, 2019
8:00 PM
The Lightning Thief
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
11:00 AM
The Lightning Thief
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
1:30 PM
National Ballet of China: Raise the Red Lantern
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
3:00 PM
The Lightning Thief
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
4:00 PM
She A Gem
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
7:30 PM
NeoArctic
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
7:30 PM
National Ballet of China: Raise the Red Lantern
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda - Berlioz's Romeo & Juliet
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 16, 2019
8:00 PM
The Lightning Thief
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 17, 2019
1:30 PM
She A Gem
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 17, 2019
2:00 PM
The Lightning Thief
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 17, 2019
4:00 PM
She A Gem
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 17, 2019
5:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Tue
Feb 19, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Tue
Feb 19, 2019
8:00 PM
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Wed
Feb 20, 2019
8:00 PM
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 21, 2019
7:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Star Wars' The Force Awakens - Film With Live Orchestra
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 21, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 21, 2019
8:00 PM
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 22, 2019
7:00 PM
She A Gem
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 22, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 22, 2019
8:00 PM
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 22, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Star Wars' The Force Awakens - Film With Live Orchestra
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Fri
Feb 22, 2019
9:00 PM
Reese Waters
Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
2:00 PM
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
2:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Star Wars' The Force Awakens - Film With Live Orchestra
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
4:00 PM
She A Gem
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
6:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
7:00 PM
She A Gem
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
7:00 PM
Freelance
Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
8:00 PM
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Feb 23, 2019
9:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
1:30 PM
She A Gem
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
2:00 PM
Dein Perry's Tap Dogs
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
2:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: Let's Go To The Moon!
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
3:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
4:00 PM
She A Gem
Kennedy Center Family Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
4:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: Let's Go To The Moon!
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sun
Feb 24, 2019
7:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Wed
Feb 27, 2019
8:00 PM
The Washington Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 28, 2019
7:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Lionel Bringuier - Shaham and Mozart
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 28, 2019
7:00 PM
Guided Rehearsal: Eugene Onegin
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 28, 2019
8:00 PM
The Washington Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Thu
Feb 28, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Fri
Mar 1, 2019
11:30 AM
National Symphony Orchestra: Lionel Bringuier - Shaham and Mozart
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Fri
Mar 1, 2019
8:00 PM
The Washington Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Fri
Mar 1, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Fri
Mar 1, 2019
8:00 PM
Jonathan Van Ness
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sat
Mar 2, 2019
2:00 PM
The Washington Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Mar 2, 2019
6:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sat
Mar 2, 2019
8:00 PM
The Washington Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sat
Mar 2, 2019
8:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Lionel Bringuier - Shaham and Mozart
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Sat
Mar 2, 2019
9:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Mar 3, 2019
2:00 PM
The Washington Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Sun
Mar 3, 2019
3:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Sun
Mar 3, 2019
7:00 PM
The Washington Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Mon
Mar 4, 2019
8:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Tue
Mar 5, 2019
5:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Tue
Mar 5, 2019
7:30 PM
Fortas Chamber Music: Shai Wosner & Orion Weiss
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Wed
Mar 6, 2019
5:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Wed
Mar 6, 2019
7:30 PM
Steven Isserlis
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington, DC
Wed
Mar 6, 2019
8:00 PM
Cirkus Cirkor
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Washington, DC
Thu
Mar 7, 2019
5:00 PM
Shear Madness
Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
Washington, DC
Thu
Mar 7, 2019
7:00 PM
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach - Haydn & Bruckner
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Thu
Mar 7, 2019
8:00 PM
Cirkus Cirkor