There are four ways to purchase tickets to Kennedy Center performances: online, at the box office, by phone through instant-charge, or by mail. Tickets for Kennedy Center performances usually go on sale about two months before the engagement begins. For more information about ticket sales call (202) 467-4600 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Please Note: All sales are final. All persons regardless of age must have a ticket for ticketed events. Please carefully consider whether a performance is appropriate for children before planning to attend with young people. Also, please be aware that children who are disruptive will not be allowed to remain in the theater. Be considerate of others in the audience and of your young person's comfort.
Tickets may be purchased online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with Visa, MasterCard, American Express. There is a 14% service charge for online orders. All you have to do is find a performance and follow the steps. Tickets will either be mailed to you or held at the Box Office.
All you have to do is find a performance and follow the steps. Tickets will either be mailed to you or held at the Box Office.
Step 1: Find a Performance [leaves text-only site]
Step-by-step instructions [leaves text-only site] for online ticketing.
The central Box Office for all theaters is located in the Kennedy Center's Hall of States. Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sundays and holidays, noon-9 p.m. Sixty minutes of free parking is available for patrons making ticket purchases and exchanges with validation from the Box Office.
Free parking is NOT available from the Columbia Plaza garage. The Box Office accepts cash, checks, travelers' checks, MasterCard, Visa, American Express.
Tickets may be charged by phone through Instant-Charge at (202) 467-4600 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The toll-free number is (800) 444-1324. The TTY number for purchasing tickets is (202) 416-8524. There is a 14% service charge for phone orders. Instant-Charge accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
Tickets ordered by phone at least 14 days in advance will be mailed, or may be picked up at the Box Office at your request. You must show your credit card when picking up your tickets.
If you wish to order through the mail, you may download a mail order form [requires Adobe Acrobat Reader]. Fill in the form and send it to:
(name of attraction)
P.O. Box 10808
Arlington, VA 22210
You may also fax your mail order to (202) 416-8545. There is a service charge of $6.00 per mail order. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.