skip navigation | text only | accessibility | site map

The Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival, Celebrate Mexico 2010 and Multicultural Children's Book Festival

Performance Schedule: Outdoor Plazas

On this page:

A Sub-navigation for the differnt locations

Programs, schedules, and artists subject to change without notice.

Cemex South Plaza Music Stage

12–12:45 p.m.
Luis Garay Percussion World
Original Afro-Latin percussion
1:30–2:15 p.m.
Samba-Reggae band
3–4 p.m.
El Gran Silencio
Latin Rock
4:45–5:45 p.m.
Nayas (SI)

Fiesta D.C. Stage (North Plaza)

12–12:30 p.m.
Rincón de la Marimba de Oaxaca (K)
Children’s marimba group
1–1:30 p.m.
De Colores
Mexican folk dance
2–2:30 p.m.
Rincón de la Marimba de Oaxaca (K)
Children’s marimba group
3–3:30 p.m.
Music & dance from Panama
4–4:30 p.m.
Rincón de la Marimba de Oaxaca (K)
Children’s marimba group
5–5:30 p.m.
Candombe Forever
Music & dance from Uruguay

Front Plaza Street Performers (K)

1:30 p.m.
Beat Ya Feet Kings
12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
Farafina Kan
2:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m.
Magic Brian
12 p.m.
Mark Lohr
1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
Nicolo Whimsey Show
12:15 p.m.
3 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
S.I.T.Y. Stars
4:30 p.m.
Unicycle Lady

North Plaza

12–5 p.m.
NSO Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” (K)
A project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO
Young music fans have a chance to get up close and hands-on with violins, flutes, trumpets, percussion, and more!
12–6 p.m.
Edwin Fontánez’s Washington Chalk Festival (K)
Now in its 14th year! Watch local artists at work and create your own colorful sidewalk masterpiece in chalk.
12–6 p.m.
National Children’s Museum Activity (K)
Make a maraca then make some noise!

South Plaza Dance Stage

12:45–1:15 p.m.
Metro Youth Tap Ensemble (K)
Tap dancing kids
2:15–3 p.m.
Urban Artistry
Hip hop arts & break dancing
4–4:45 p.m.
Beat Ya Feet Kings
From MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew

Strolling Performers (K)

1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Mark Lohr
4:30 p.m.
Nicolo Whimsey Show
12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Unicycle Lady

Volkswagen "Doodle Bug" (K)

With a special "dry erase" surface, a 2009 New "Teachers Edition" Beetle is ready to become a one-of-a-kind vehicle decorated by VW fans and creative minds! South Plaza, 12-6 p.m.


Costumed Characters and Book Signings (K)

Mosby the Kennedy Center Cat and the NSO's Maestro Mouse make for great photos! Plus, meet your favorite authors and illustrators signing their books at the Multicultural Children's Book Festival in the Atrium.


The Tastes of Mexico

Visit the South Plaza for delicious street food like Quesadillas and Carne Asada along with refreshing beverages with outdoor seating (cash only).

Food Carts and Refreshment Stations (inside and outside) feature hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, and light fare. Refreshing beverages such as beer, soda, and water will also be available (cash only).

The KC Café (Terrace Level) features similar fare plus a salad bar, sandwiches, and beverages—with plenty of indoor seating (all major credit cards accepted).


Tweet Us!

Share your impressions of the day with us through Twitter @kencen. Tweet using hashtag #kcopen and look for the live Twitter feed on the monitors in the halls. You may see your tweet!