Directions and Parking
The Kennedy Center is located on the bank of the Potomac River at 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566, at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, NW, and Rock Creek Parkway. It is accessible by Metro (via the subway and bus lines), by taxi, and by car. If you are driving, refer to the directions below to find the most efficient route for getting to the Center. And, always remember to allow extra time when driving as Washington traffic can be unpredictable. The Kennedy Center offers many pre-performance activities to help you make the most of your visit. You can find information on garage hours, fees, and accessibility here under: Parking at the Kennedy Center.
Traffic Advisory – Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation
Beginning Feb. 13 and continuing for approximately five weeks, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is rehabilitating the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge over Rock Creek and the Rock Creek Parkway. In order to accommodate the construction activities involved with repairing the structural features of the bridge, some work is being performed underneath the bridge and from the Rock Creek Parkway.
To conduct this work safely, temporary single lane closures will be set up on northbound and southbound Rock Creek Parkway in the section between Whitehurst Freeway and 500 feet past M Street. All daytime closures will take place on weekdays 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and nighttime closure will occur on weeknights from 9 p.m.–5 a.m. One lane in each direction will remain open at all times during these periods.
The weeknight closures may delay patrons exiting the Kennedy Center garage and heading northbound on Rock Creek Parkway.
No Metro Blue Line Service until Feb. 28
Beginning Saturday, February 11 until closing, Tuesday, February 28, Blue Line trains will not operate at any time. Instead, Yellow Line Rush+ trains will run all day between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt.
- Yellow Rush+ trains will run in addition to Yellow Line trains between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square. During rush hours, trains on each of these two service patterns will run every 8 minutes, resulting in service every 4 minutes at stations normally served by both Blue and Yellow line trains (e.g. King Street, Pentagon City, etc.).
- Green Line service will run every 8 minutes during rush hour, rather than every 6 minutes, to accommodate the additional Yellow Line trains on the line.
- In Virginia, use Yellow Rush+ and transfer at L'Enfant Plaza to continue your trip.
- In Maryland, use Silver Line instead.
- During the surge, all Metrorail stations will be open except Arlington Cemetery, which will be served by buses from Pentagon.
- After 9 p.m., all trains will operate every 20 minutes.
Weekend train frequencies may change to coordinate with other planned track work on the Metrorail system. Weekend service information is posted in the Alerts & Advisories section of Metro’s website. A full list of travel alternatives and additional information is posted at wmata.com/safetrack. The current schedule of all Safety Surges is available on WMATA’s website.
Traffic Advisory: Beach Drive Rehabilitation
On or about Thu., Sep. 22, 2016, the National Park Service will begin a project to rehabilitate Beach Drive in D.C. that is projected to last about 3 years. The first phase of work will close a large section of Beach Drive closest to the Kennedy Center for approximately six to eight months. The Park Service will have construction updates on the project's website. Commuters are also urged to sign up for updates through Nixle, a free tool that allows information to be sent through text, email, social media and the Nixle mobile app. To receive alerts, text BEACHDRIVE to 888777. You can also check the project's prerecorded phone line, (202) 895-6232, for information on road closures.
Modes of TransportationMetro | Bus | Taxi | Car | Bicycle
By Subway / Metro:
The Foggy Bottom/George Washington University Station (on the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines, at 23rd and I streets, NW) , is the stop closest to the Kennedy Center. From there it is a short walk via New Hampshire Avenue OR use our free Kennedy Center Shuttle (signs are towards the left as you exit the escalator). The shuttle departs every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m.-Midnight Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-Midnight Saturdays, and noon-Midnight Sundays and 4:00 p.m.-Midnight on Federal holidays. For the most up-to-date information about scheduled Metro track work, please go to Metro's Major Track Work page.
Please visit Metro's Accessibility website www.wmata.com/accessibility/ for information for passengers with disabilities.
The 80 bus goes to the Kennedy Center. For details on bus routes and schedules, call Metro information at (202) 637-7000 or TTY (202) 638-3780.
Taxi service to and from the Kennedy Center is convenient and readily available. A taxi dispatcher is available to signal cabs and assign patrons from 6:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. on matinee days) until 30 minutes after the end of the last performance, and taxis queue in the Plaza each evening to serve patrons. Look for the uniformed dispatcher at the Hall of States entrance.
By Car/ Get Directions:from Northern Virginia | from Maryland and Northwest DC | from Downtown DC
Please refer to the map below to help plan your trip. Also be sure to check our parking information, garage hours, and fees before arriving.
About SUVs 6 Feet or Higher
For vehicles taller than 6 ft., there are limited spaces available on "A," "B," and "C" North levels (max. clearance 7').
Bike racks are available for patron convenience at the following locations: F St. & New Hampshire Ave., next to the Metro Bus stop on the front plaza, and inside Level A garage entrance.
A Capital Bikeshare rack is located on F Street to the west of the Grand Staircase.
Wide Area Map
From Northern Virginia:
Via the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (I-66 & Rte. 50):
There are two ways to get to the Center off of the bridge. OPTION 1 is to take the first right upon crossing the bridge, and turn right onto Ohio Drive/Rock Creek Parkway at the stop sign, staying to the right. After driving under the Kennedy Center River Terrace, exit right to the garage's "C" level North entrances. Or continue north and make right onto Virginia Avenue; at the second stoplight, turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center. OPTION 2 is to take the first left upon crossing the bridge, staying to the left on the Potomac Expressway (toward Rock Creek Parkway). At the yield sign, turn left and proceed to the second stoplight at Virginia Avenue. Turn left on Virginia Avenue. Turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.
Via Key Bridge (Rt. 29/ Lee Hwy.):
From Key Bridge, take the first right onto the Whitehurst Freeway. Proceed straight to the stoplight at 27th Street--do NOT take the right exit to I-66. Turn right and proceed to the second stoplight at Virginia Avenue. Turn left on Virginia Avenue. Turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.
Via Memorial Bridge (from I-395):
From I-395 North, take Exit 8B, Washington Blvd. towards Pentagon/Arlington Cemetery/Rosslyn/Memorial Bridge. Merge onto Washington Boulevard. Take the Rte. 50 West/George Washington Memorial Parkway North exit. Merge onto Arlington Memorial Bridge and get in the left lane. Begin to loop around the Lincoln Memorial (at right). Take the first left onto 23rd Street and get in the left lane. After E Street, turn left onto Virginia Avenue. At the second stoplight, turn left onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.
From Maryland and Northwest DC:
Via the Capital Beltway (I-495 from I-270 S and I-95 S):
Take I-495 toward Tysons Corner (if coming from I-270, take I-495 South; if coming from I-95, take I-495 West). Upon crossing the American Legion Bridge, take exit 43 onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Take the GW Pkwy approx. 12 miles to the right-hand exit onto Rt. 50 East via the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (toward D.C.). There are two ways to get to the Center off of the bridge. OPTION 1 is to take the first right upon crossing the bridge, and turn right onto Ohio Drive/Rock Creek Parkway at the stop sign, staying to the right. After driving under the Kennedy Center River Terrace, exit right to the garage's "C" level North entrances. Or continue north and make right onto Virginia Avenue; at the second stoplight, turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center. OPTION 2 is to take the first left upon crossing the bridge, staying to the left on the Potomac Expressway (toward Rock Creek Parkway). At the yield sign, turn left and proceed to the second stoplight at Virginia Avenue. Turn left on Virginia Avenue. Turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.
From Downtown DC:
Via Independence Avenue (west from the Capitol):
Proceeding west on Independence Avenue, the road becomes Rock Creek Parkway. Get in the left lane. After passing under two bridges, the road splits; take left fork and quickly move to the right lane before passing under a third bridge. After driving under the Kennedy Center River Terrace, exit right to the garage's "C" level North entrances. Or continue north and make right onto Virginia Avenue; at the second stoplight, turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.
Via Rock Creek Parkway South:
Turn left onto Virginia Avenue. At the second stoplight, turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.
Important Note: Mon.-Fri. from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Rock Creek Parkway South is inaccessible due to rush-hour lane closures.
During these hours, follow Massachusetts Avenue downtown, then turn right onto 22nd Street. Proceed to Washington Circle. Proceed almost halfway around the circle, then turn right onto New Hampshire Avenue. At the first stoplight cross Virginia Avenue and follow signs around Juarez Circle to the Kennedy Center.
Parking at the Kennedy Center
6 a.m.- Midnight daily. Hours subject to change on holidays.
Discounted Pre-Paid Parking Option
Patrons have the option to go online to the Kennedy Center Pre-Paid Parking Portal to purchase date-specific pre-paid event parking at a rate of $20 (a $3 savings) for access to the Kennedy Center garage during the 2016–2017 season. The system will allow patrons to purchase advance event parking for specific dates. Blackout dates apply. Vouchers may either be printed from an email confirmation or scanned directly from a mobile device at the garage entrance.
The vendor for our pre-paid event parking is Parkonect. Patrons may either purchase vouchers as a "guest" or you may register an account with Parkonect for ease of use in making future pre-paid parking purchases.How Does Pre-Paid Parking Work?
High Capacity Days
Select days during the season have been identified as “High Capacity Days,” when a high volume of patrons in our halls and accessing the parking garage is expected. We encourage you to allow plenty of extra time when arriving at the Kennedy Center.
Performance Parking: $23
Performance parking rate is currently available to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis for $23.00, pre-paid at the parking entrances. Pre-paid fees are collected beginning at 1 p.m. during the week and at all times on weekends and holidays. Exceptions are weekday matinees when the pre-pay typically starts at 10 a.m. Accessible parking spaces are available on all levels and are located on the west side of the motor lobbies nearest the river, to the left as you enter. All major credit cards accepted: MC, Visa, AMEX.
Free Box Office and Gift Shop Parking:
Sixty minutes of free parking is available when visiting our Box Office or spending $10.00 or more at our Gift Shops (if validated at the Box Office or Gift Shops). Box Office validation is not available when picking up free tickets. Validations are only accepted on Parking Level "A," provided the one-hour limit has not been exceeded.
Accessible Parking Spaces:
Accessible parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis on all three levels of the garage for vehicles bearing valid DMV accessible parking placards or license. For information about van accessible parking for vehicles over 6'6" tall, please call (202) 416-7988 or (202) 416-8524 (TTY).
For vehicles taller than 6 ft., there are limited spaces available on levels "A," "B," and "C" North (max. clearance 7').
Donor Reserved Parking:
When attending performances, Kennedy Center Donors of the Producers' Circle level or higher may reserve a centrally located parking space on "C" Level. To make a reservation or learn more about donor benefits, call the Circles Services Line at (202) 416-8068 Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Have questions? Call (202) 416-7988.
To make your visit a memorable one, the Kennedy Center offers many pre-performance activities for you to enjoy. Arrive early and...
- Browse our wide selection of performing arts-related items in the Gift Shops.
- Take in the spectacular views of our nation's capital from the Roof Terrace.
- Experience a free performance on the Millennium Stage, presented every day of the year at 6 p.m.
- Head upstairs to the KC Café for casual menu fare.
- Relax with cocktails and fine dining in the Roof Terrace Restaurant. (
Expansion Project Construction Update
Access to the Kennedy Center Parking Garage has changed due to construction for the Kennedy Center Expansion Project.
Parking access to Level B South and Level C South (near the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge) is currently closed from both Rock Creek Parkway and 25th St. NW during construction.
The primary entry and exit points to/from the Parking Garage is via the Level A, B, and C north entrances accessed from New Hampshire Avenue and/or F Street (next to the Watergate). Please note: north access may change based on traffic flow on evenings and weekends. Please follow the direction of parking staff.