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The Kennedy Center

Special Events, Awards, Banquets, and Galas

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    More Special Events, Awards, Banquets & Galas information coming in the next season.

Past

  • Kennedy Center Honors
    December 4, 2016

    The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year. In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the Honorees will be saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and the First Lady, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

  • Bill Murray: Mark Twain Prize Winner
    October 23, 2016

    The Mark Twain Prize is America's foremost award for humor, presented annually by the Kennedy Center to an individual who has made an indelible imprint on the American comedic landscape. Each year, the recipient is feted by an all-star cast of peers, treating the audience to personal anecdotes and priceless punch lines. The presentation of the Prize is followed by an exclusive reception with the cast.

  • Marian Anderson
    October 4, 2016

    A career grant for American singers in mid-career in honor of Marian Anderson and her musical and humanitarian accomplishments. The recital will be in the Terrace Theater.

  • NSO Ball.
    National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball
    September 25, 2016

    The National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball kicks off the NSO season with a spectacular concert. This year we not only pay tribute to Maestro Christoph Eschenbach's final season as Music Director, but also recognize the historic event taking place in Washington the same weekend: the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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    The Opera Ball
    May 21, 2016

    This spectacular and always stunning annual event is the highlight of the WNO event calendar. Washington's social elite, government officials, and opera patrons gather together to celebrate WNO's season. Pre-Ball dinners and receptions are typically hosted in various embassies and ambassadors' homes, making this elaborate event truly a night to remember. The evening culminates with all guests gathering for dessert and dancing.

  • Spring Gala
    2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala
    June 5, 2016

    One of Washington's premier benefit engagements, the Kennedy Center Spring Gala is a highly anticipated tradition. The event begins with a lovely reception on the River Terrace, followed by an elegant dinner on the Center's Roof Terrace level and a spectacular performance in the Concert Hall, and culminates with music and dancing on the Roof Terrace.

  • Kennedy Center Honors
    December 6, 2015

    The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural year. In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, the Honorees will be saluted by great performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and the First Lady, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.

  • Eddie Murphy: Mark Twain Prize Winner
    October 18, 2015

    The Mark Twain Prize is America's foremost award for humor, presented annually by the Kennedy Center to an individual who has made an indelible imprint on the American comedic landscape. Each year, the recipient is feted by an all-star cast of peers, treating the audience to personal anecdotes and priceless punch lines. The presentation of the Prize is followed by an exclusive reception with the cast.

  • NSO Ball.
    National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball
    September 20, 2015

    The National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball kicks off the NSO season with a spectacular concert. The performance, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and Steven Reineke and featuring Broadway star Sutton Foster and percussion sensation Martin Grubinger, is followed by an elegant dinner and dancing on the South Plaza, and is widely attended by prominent business and social leaders in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

  • the kennedy center building  decorated for the opera ball
    The Opera Ball
    June 6, 2015

    This spectacular and always stunning annual event is the highlight of the WNO event calendar. Washington's social elite, government officials, and opera patrons gather together to celebrate WNO's season. Pre-Ball dinners and receptions are typically hosted in various embassies and ambassadors' homes, making this elaborate event truly a night to remember. The evening culminates with all guests gathering for dessert and dancing.

  • Kennedy Center Gala.
    May 3, 2015

    One of Washington's premier benefit engagements, the Kennedy Center Spring Gala is a highly anticipated tradition. The event begins with a lovely reception on the River Terrace, followed by an elegant dinner on the Center's Roof Terrace level and a spectacular performance in the Concert Hall, and culminates with music and dancing on the Roof Terrace.

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