Buy Tickets

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, or American Express. There is a 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.

Step 1: Find a Performance or Select a Subscription Package

Step-by-step instructions for online ticketing.

At the Box Office

The central Box Office for alltheaters is located in the Kennedy Center'sHall of States. Regular Box Office hoursare Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., and Sundays and holidays, noon–9p.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, and American Express.

By Phone

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 service charge for phone orders. Instant-Charge accepts Visa, MasterCard, and 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.

By Mail

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:

Kennedy Center
(name of attraction)
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

There is a service charge of $6.00 per mail order. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.