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 balls, receptions, dinners, and award ceremonies within its walls. The Center's External Events Office is ready to assist you with the planning and execution of your most important gathering.

In order to hold a private event, your group must choose one of the following options:

  • 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.
  • The sponsoring company/organization can make a 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 wonderful benefits. Please contact the Special Events office for more details.

The raising of contributed funds 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 or to book an event at The Kennedy Center, please contact the Special Events Office at 202-416-8016 or externalevents@kennedy-center.org.

Once your group has committed to one of the above options, please contact our Special Events office to see the spaces available for rental at the Kennedy Center.

To submit an online request for one of these spaces, please use our Online Facility Request Form. We will respond to your request and let you know about the availability of your preferred space via email or phone.

Once a space has been reserved for your event, we will put you in touch with the Catering Department at Restaurant Associates, the Kennedy Center's exclusive, full-service caterers.  They may also be reached at (202) 416-8587.

Venues and Capacity

North Atrium Foyer
80 seated / 100 standing

South Atrium Foyer
80 seated / 100 standing

Atrium and Foyers
400 seated / 600 standing

Opera House Box Tier
150 seated / 250 standing

South Opera Tier Lounge
80 seated / 120 standing

Bird Room
60 seated / 80 standing

Israeli Lounge
60 seated / 80 standing

Chinese Lounge
40 seated / 60 standing

Terrace Gallery
130 seated/ 250 standing

Nations Gallery
570 seated / 900 standing

South 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.]