Series/Festivals

Current & Future

  • A Centennial Celebration of John F Kennedy

    JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy

    May 2016– May 2017

    In the year leading up to the centenary of John F. Kennedy's birth on May 29, 2017, the Kennedy Center is revitalizing the very mission of the institution created to honor him. The 2016–2017 season features performances and events that celebrate the ideals he championed—Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude.

  •  Chris Thile

    American Acoustic with Chris Thile

    June 22–25

    The Kennedy Center presents a special series curated by mandolinist, composer, and vocalist Chris Thile that explores the idea that tradition is innovation that lasts.

  • District of Comedy Festival

    District of Comedy Festival

    Summer 2016

    The Kennedy Center presents its first annual all-star showcase of celebrated comedians headlining venues all around the building, along with a collaboration with Chicago's legendary comedy theater The Second City.

  • Shift. A festival of North American orchestras

    SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras

    March 27 - April 2, 2017

    SHIFT celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation's capital.

Past

  • Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

    Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

    May 17-June 5, 2016

    Highlighting Irish culture and its relationship to America, this major festival includes dozens of performances from some of Ireland's best contemporary musicians, dancers, theater companies, and more.

  • A Centennial Celebration of John F Kennedy

    JFKC | A Centennial Celebration of John F Kennedy

    May 2016– May 2017

    In the year leading up to the centenary of John F. Kennedy's birth on May 29, 2017, the Kennedy Center is revitalizing the very mission of the institution created to honor him. Inspired by a handful of enduring ideals he championed

  • Mary Lou Williams at the piano

    Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival

    May 13 & 14, 2016

    The 2016 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival highlights the legacy of jazz pianist, composer, educator and bandleader Mary Lou Williams with two consecutive nights of performances featuring some of today's most exciting and respected jazz musicians.

  • The Ring Cyles's The Rhinegold show

    Washington National Opera's Ring Cycle

    Spring 2016

    Richard Wagner's extraordinary four-opera saga of gods and men, giants and dwarves, comes to WNO in three complete cycles. Additional events, ranging from expert-led lectures and engaging symposia to convenient dining options, offer many exciting ways to explore and celebrate this epic masterpiece.

  • The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    April 11-16, 2016

    Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists.

  • Chinese New Year at the Kennedy Center 2016

    Chinese New Year at the Kennedy Center 2016

    February 5–8, 2016

    Join this first annual weekend of free and ticketed events leading up to the Chinese New Year on February 8, which begins the "Year of the Monkey" in 2016.

  • Holidays at the Kennedy Center

    You're Home for the Holidays

    November & December 2015

    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

  • Declassified: Fridays at 9

    DECLASSIFED: Fridays at 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra

    2015-2016 Season

    The secret is out! Select NSO Fridays are taking on a whole new vibe with this innovative mix of classic and modern sounds, special guest artists, dynamic multimedia, audience interaction, and exciting activities before and after the show—all at great price.

  • World Stages

    World Stages

    2015-2016 Season

    The Kennedy Center presents exciting, cutting-edge works from around the globe.

  • Mason Bates

    Mason Bates, Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence

    2015-2016 Season

    The genre-bending DJ and composer extraordinaire joins the Kennedy Center to present a range of innovative music experiences, from his new KC Jukebox immersive concert series to imaginative music as part of the NSO's new DECLASSIFIED concerts.

  • Women's Voices Theater Festival

    Women's Voices Theater Festival

    September 15-November 8, 2015

    Boasting participation from more than 50 theaters throughout the DC area, the Women's Voices Theater Festival is dedicated to featuring new work by female playwrights and highlighting the scope of plays being written by women.

  • Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

    September 4-13, 2015

    Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media celebrates an exciting and influential American subculture by inviting local and national skaters and musicians to explore the creative ties and improvisational elements between skateboarding and live music.

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    Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

    September 5-7, 2015

    The Kennedy Center hosts more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies in a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being prepared for Washington premieres in the 2015–2016 theater season.

  • 25/40 Celebration

    25/40 Celebration

    July 2015

    The Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution are hosting a one-of-a-kind celebration of arts, culture, and history this July. We're literally brimming with world-class performances and events—music, art, dance, film—all free and open to everyone. Join us!

  • Charenee Wade sings

    Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival

    May 15 & 16, 2015

    The 18th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival features today's top jazz artists over three nights. The Washington Post says the festival "speaks volumes about the contributions women have made to jazz."

  • The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    April 13-18, 2015

    Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists.

  • Iberian Suite: global arts remix

    Iberian Suite: global arts remix

    March 3-24, 2015

    Highlighting the cultures of Portugal and Spain and the impact they have had around the world, as well as the vast influence this region has embraced from other cultures.

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