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Arriving at the Center

The Kennedy Center is located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, NW, and the Rock Creek Parkway. It is accessible by Metro, by bus, by taxi, and by car.

If you are driving, plan your trip carefully. You should allow plenty of time to arrive, find parking, and reach your seats before curtain time.

By Metro (Subway)

The Foggy Bottom/George Washington Univ. Station (on the Orange and Blue lines, at 23rd and I streets, NW) is the closest stop. From there it is a short walk via New Hampshire Avenue OR use the FREE Kennedy Center Shuttle (signs are towards the left as you exit the escalator). It departs every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m.-midnight Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays, and noon-midnight Sundays and 4:00 p.m.-midnight on federal holidays. PLEASE NOTE: One Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, the shuttle service will operate from 4:00pm until 10:00pm.

By Bus

The 80 bus goes to the Kennedy Center. For details on bus routes and schedules, call Metro information at (202) 637-7000 or TTY (202) 638-3780.

By Taxi

Taxi service to and from the Kennedy Center is convenient and readily available. A taxi dispatcher is available to signal cabs and assign patrons from 6:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. on matinee days) until 30 minutes after the end of the last performance, and taxis queue in the Plaza each evening to serve patrons. Look for the uniformed dispatcher at the Hall of States entrance.

By Car


From Northern Virginia:

Via the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (I-66 & Rt. 50): Take the first right upon crossing the bridge, staying to the right on Independence Avenue (toward Rock Creek Parkway). At the yield sign, turn right and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.

Via Key Bridge (Rt. 29/Lee Hwy.: On the bridge, take the first right onto the Whitehurst Freeway. Proceed to the stoplight at 27th Street. Turn right and proceed to the second stoplight at Virginia Avenue. Turn left on Virginia Avenue. Turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.

Via Memorial Bridge (from I-395): From I-395 North, take exit 8B, Washington Blvd. exit towards Pentagon/Arlington Cemetery/Rosslyn/Memorial Bridge. Merge onto Washington Boulevard. Take the Rt. 50 West/George Washington Memorial Parkway North exit. Merge onto Arlington Memorial Bridge and get in the right lane. Take the first right towards Independence Avenue. Turn right at the stoplight onto Independence Avenue. After second underpass, move to left lane and vear left following signs for Rock Creek Parkway. Watch for signs to the Kennedy Center.

From within Washington DC:

Via Independence Avenue (west from the Capitol): Proceeding west on Independence Avenue the road becomes Rock Creek Parkway. Get in the left lane and pass under three bridges. During matinee and evening performance times: After driving under the Kennedy Center River Terrace, exit right to the garage's "C" Level North entrance. All other times: After passing under the third bridge, exit right to the garage's "B" or "C" level South entrances.

Via Rock Creek Parkway South:Turn left onto Virginia Avenue. At the second stoplight, turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mon.-Fri. from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Rock Creek Parkway South is inaccessible due to rush-hour lane closures. During these hours, follow Massachusetts Avenue downtown, then turn right onto 22nd Street. Proceed to Washington Circle. Proceed almost halfway around the circle, then turn right onto New Hampshire Avenue. At the first stoplight cross Virginia Avenue and follow signs around Juarez Circle to the Kennedy Center .

From Maryland:

Via the Capital Beltway (I-495 from I-270 S and I-95 S): Take I-495 South/West toward Tysons Corner. Upon crossing the American Legion Bridge, take the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. Take the first left upon crossing the Roosevelt Bridge, staying to the left on the Potomac Expressway (toward Rock Creek Parkway). At the yield sign, turn left and proceed straight to the second stoplight at Virginia Avenue. Turn left on Virginia Avenue. Turn right onto 25th Street and follow the signs for the Kennedy Center.

Plan ahead and be aware of traffic delays and construction along your route.

Hours and Fees for Performance Parking

The Kennedy Center Parking Garage is open every day from 6 a.m. until midnight.

Performance Parking: $2223.00

The performance parking rate of $23.00 is effective June 30, 2014.

Performance parking rate is currently available to patrons on a first come first served basis for $23.00$22.00, pre-paid at the parking entrances. Pre-paid fees are collected beginning at 1 p.m. during the week and at all times on weekends and holidays. Exceptions are weekday matinees when the pre-pay typically starts at 10 a.m. Accessible parking spaces are available on all levels and are located on the west side of the motor lobbies nearest the river, to the left as you enter. "A Level South" is now open after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends for matinees and evening performances. All major credit cards accepted: MC, Visa, AMEX.

Free Box Office and Gift Shop Parking:

Sixty minutes of free parking is available when visiting our Box Office or spending $15.00 or more at our Gift Shops (if validated at the Box Office or Gift Shops). Box Office validation is not available when picking up free tickets. Validations are only accepted on Parking Level "B," provided the one-hour limit has not been exceeded.


The Kennedy Center parking garages have limited availability on the 'A' 'B' and 'C' levels for over-sized vehicles that are 6 ft. or taller.

Off-Site Parking:

Although the Kennedy Center makes full use of all parking spaces on busy performance evenings, there are many days when the parking demand is greater than the number of spaces that are available. Columbia Plaza at 2400 Virginia Avenue has an abundant number of parking spaces available to Kennedy Center patrons. The Center operates a free shuttle bus service to and from Foggy Bottom Metro station that begins every performance evening at 6 p.m., at 1 p.m. on weekend matinee days only and concludes at 30 minutes past the last performance. Please be advised that the red Kennedy Center shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible. For those so inclined, however, Columbia Plaza is only a short ten minute walk from the Kennedy Center.

Other off site parking is available at Watergate, but on a limited basis. Enter the Watergate garage from New Hampshire Avenue across from the Saudi Embassy.

Donor Reserved Parking

When attending performances, Kennedy Center Donors of the Producers' Circle level or higher may reserve a centrally located parking space on "C" Level. To make a reservation or learn more about donor benefits, call the Circles Services Line at (202) 416-8068 Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Accessible Parking Spaces:

Available on all garage levels on the west side of the motor lobbies.


You may call 202-416-7984 Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm or 202-416-7987 evenings and weekends with any questions about the Kennedy Center parking facility.