Series/Festivals

Current & Future

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  •  Chris Thile

    American Strings: A Tradition of Innovation, with Chris Thile

    June 20-26, 2016
  • 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

  • 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.

  • Holiday

    You're Home for the Holidays

    November & December 2014
    Whether you're a Washingtonian or visiting from far away, you'll feel at home with these performances full of holiday cheer!

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    Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

    August 30-September 1, 2014
    The annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, highlighting the work of dozens of local theater companies through a series of open rehearsals and readings of new works, is dedicated to the works in 2015's Women's Voices Theater Festival.

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    Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition

    June 9-14, 2014
    The Kennedy Center presents a free weeklong initiative celebrating the rich diversity of choral artistry and featuring more than 50 choruses from across the nation.

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    Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival

    May 23 & 24, 2014
    Celebrate the life, legacy, and career of legendary pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams with the Kennedy Center's 19th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.