Event Planning

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the National Center for the Performing Arts, is a premiere location for your distinctive special event. Individuals, corporations, foundations, and associations have hosted unforgettable galas, receptions, dinners, and award ceremonies at the Center. Past clients include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Choral Arts Society, TEDMED, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Eligibility requirements for hosting an event at the Kennedy Center

  • Purchase tickets to a Kennedy Center performance in one of our theaters. To purchase tickets or inquire about the performance schedule for a particular date please contact our Group Sales Office.
  • A minimum tax-deductible contribution to the Kennedy Center's Corporate Fund or Annual Fund. In addition to the opportunity to rent space at the Kennedy Center, you will receive many other exclusive benefits.
  • Rent a Kennedy Center Theater. Click here for more information about Theater Rentals.

Soliciting or accepting contributions on Kennedy Center property, for non-profit organizations other than the Kennedy Center, is prohibited, except in very limited circumstances and only with the prior approval of Kennedy Center management. Under no circumstances will fundraising for political campaigns or Political Action Committees be permitted.

For more information on eligibility requirements, space availability, arranging a site visit or any other questions, please contact the Special Events Office by one of the methods below:

Online Special Events Request Form

Phone: 202-416-8016
Email: ExternalEvents@Kennedy-Center.org

The Kennedy Center's exclusive and full service caterer is Restaurant Associates. For more information and pricing, please contact Restaurant Associates at (202) 416-8587.

Rental Capacities

North Atrium Foyer
80 seated / 80 standing

South Atrium Foyer
80 seated / 80 standing

Atrium and Foyers
400 seated / 550 standing

Opera House Box Tier
150 seated / 300 standing

Eisenhower Box Tier
100 seated / 200 standing

Concert Hall Box Tier
100 seated / 200 standing

South Opera Tier Lounge
100 seated / 120 standing

Bird Room
50 seated / 60 standing

Israeli Lounge
60 seated / 80 standing

Chinese Lounge
40 seated / 60 standing

African Room
60 seated / 80 standing

Terrace Gallery
160 seated/ 250 standing

Nations Gallery
500 seated / 850 standing

North Plaza
1,500 seated / 3,000 standing

Roof Terrace Restaurant
Call Restaurant Associates at (202) 416-8587

KC Café
Call Restaurant Associates at (202) 416-8587

Kennedy Center Main Level

Map of the main level of the Kennedy Center.

Kennedy Center Roof Level

[Map of the roof level of the Kennedy Center.]