Open House Arts Festival
Stage and Street Spectacular:
Saturday, September 12 from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
We walk among spectacular performers every day. They entertain on street corners, sidewalks, subway platforms, and improvised stages across the globe. All they ask is that we stop, watch, and appreciate their art. The Kennedy Center Open House presents boulevard entertainers from France, Canada, Australia, and the D.C. area as part of the Washington D.C. Street Performance Festival in conjuction with the French-American Cultural Foundation. Introduce your family to characters large and small, from the Unicycle Lady™ on her six-foot-tall one-wheeled ride to the tiny Alberti Flea Circus. Plus there's lots more music and fun! Bounce to the Afrofunk of Chopteeth or rock out to Mambo Sauce, PT Walkley, and DJ Lunch Money while constructing a cardboard-box skyline with We Built This City. Cool off inside while meeting your children's favorite authors and illustrators as part of the popular Multicultural Children's Book Festival. Then sit and watch L'Arsenal à Musique's wild interpretation of the Carnival of the Animals with the National Symphony Orchestra. Discover a world of performance art that's lit by both spotlights and stoplights.
The Open House Arts Festival is funded by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, BET, and GMAC Financial Services.
Additional support is provided in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kennedy Center Washington Committee on the Arts.
The National Symphony Orchestra Open House performance is funded in part by the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.