The Kennedy Center is the nation's busiest performing arts center, hosting approximately 3,000 events each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million. Since 1971, we have been bringing the world to Washington with magnificent performances of music, dance, theater, and more. See what's on stage and buy your tickets now!
Tony Award–winning triumphs. American musical classics. Powerful, daring dramas. Thrilling new productions. They're all here, from Broadway's biggest blockbusters to spectacular revivals produced exclusively by the Kennedy Center.
Each season, the nation's orchestra welcomes the world's greatest guest artists to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, and offers many other exciting events and educational programs throughout D.C., the nation, and the world.
Every day of the year at 6 p.m., the Kennedy Center hosts a free performance as part of its "Performing Arts for Everyone" initiative. No tickets are required, though seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Featuring local, national, and international talents, the Millennium Stage has been hailed as "a cultural institution within a cultural institution" by the Washington Post.
As the curtain of the Opera House rises, stories unfold, emotions are laid bare, and elegance is revealed through the grace and beauty of ballet. Every season, the Kennedy Center presents legendary companies from around the globe, including its very own acclaimed ensemble, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
From seasoned jazz veterans to the hottest up-and-comers, come to where jazz is just the way you like it—in venues ranging from the intimate Terrace Theater to the cabaret setting of the KC Jazz Club.
Welcome to the nexus of dance… where physical and mystical forces collide, power and poise come to a point, profound connections are made, bodies make impact, and gravity meets grace. The world's most innovative dance companies and visionaries take you to the core of modern movement, with works of amazing athleticism and beauty.
The Kennedy Center is home to heartwarming and fun-filled performances for every age group and their families, from wide-eyed toddlers to young adults. Most events take place in the Family Theater, from Kennedy Center original world-premiere productions based on favorite children's books, to music, dance, theater, storytelling, puppetry, and much more.
Get closer to your favorite artists in the Terrace Theater, Washington's most intimate and acoustically ideal space for chamber music.
Our world-class festivals continue to explore exciting themes, from multicultural journeys to various genres of music. Annual events include the pre-season Prelude Festival and free daylong Open House Arts Festival, as well as the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and our winter holiday celebration. Past festivals have celebrated the arts of China, Japan, France, and Latin America; country music and the 1940s; international ballet and masters of African American choreography; Tchaikovsky and Beethoven; Tennessee Williams and Stephen Sondheim; and much more.
Explore beyond the ordinary with music, dance, theater, and performance art with a cutting edge and international flair—spanning from the distant corners of the globe to the furthest reaches of the artist's mind.
Prestigious annual events such as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball, and many others are all held here at the Kennedy Center.
Want to go backstage? Learn to salsa? Speak with your favorite actor, ballerina, or conductor? Find out the difference between Beethoven and Bach? With Explore the Arts™, you can do all that and more with the Kennedy Center's adult education series.
Washington National Opera continues to move boldly forward on the great adventure that began years ago in a university auditorium. Washington National Opera is now one of the nation's leading opera companies and plays to standing room audiences in the Kennedy Center.
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