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Specially Priced Tickets

The Kennedy Center offers a limited number of Specially Priced Tickets (SPTs) at 50% off the full Box Office price, subject to availability, for some attractions to eligible patrons.

Who is eligible to purchase SPTs:

  • Full-time students (grade school through graduate school)* One per person.
  • Seniors ages 65 and over. One per person
  • Enlisted military personnel (grades E1-E4) One per person. 
  • Persons with fixed low incomes. One per person.
  • Persons with permanent disabilities (Up to 2 per persons with Kennedy Center SPT ID.)
*Note: Specially Priced Tickets are NOT available for pre-school age children or infants.

How to show proof of eligibility:

When purchasing or picking up tickets at the Box Office, you must appear in person and show a valid identification or other proof of eligibility for SPTs such as:

  • Students - Elementary, junior, and senior high school students must appear in person, but need not present identification. .
  • Full-time college, university, and graduate students - must present a valid student I.D. or current registration card.
  • Senior Citizens (65 and over) - can use a driver's license, Medicare card, or other official document indicating age.
  • Persons with Permanent Disabilities can show their Kennedy Center SPT ID.
  • Military Personnel (E1-E4) - can present their military I.D.
  • Persons with Fixed Low Incomes - can present Human Resources Card, Peace Corps I.D., food stamps, or proof of fixed income less than $9800 a year

How to purchase SPTs in advance:

A limited number of SPTs are available for some Kennedy Center attractions. Advance SPTs are not available for any Saturday evenings or for the Friday evening "Shear Madness" performances.

Advance SPTs are available:

IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE: 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.

Only Persons with Permanent Disabilities and a Kennedy Center ID card may order SPTs by phone or by mail:

BY PHONE: Tickets may be charged by phone through Instant-Charge at (202) 416-8529 or (202) 416-8528 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The TTY number is (202) 416-8524. There is a 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.

BY MAIL: Send your request to:
Advance Sales Box Office
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

Write the name of the event for which you are ordering tickets, the date, and the time. Please use this order form for mail order tickets [requires Adobe Acrobat]. Enclose check or credit card number along with name, address (printed) and a daytime telephone number. Patrons with SPT IDs should include their ID number on the order form. Allow two weeks for mail order processing. Inquiries should be referred to the Advance Sales Box Office (202) 416-8540

How to obtain a Kennedy Center SPT card for Persons with Permanent Disabilities:

Persons with Permanent Disabilities may purchase specially priced tickets by obtaining an SPT ID. With an SPT ID, a patron with a disability may order up to two tickets at half price in order to bring a companion for assistance. To obtain an SPT ID, mail a letter or other certification from your doctor stating that you have a permanent disability, along with your name, address, and phone number, to:

Friends of the Kennedy Center SPT Program
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210.

Your SPT ID will be mailed within two to three weeks. With your ID you can order SPT tickets, subject to availability, by calling (202) 416-8529 (voice) or (202) 416-8524 (TTY). To replace a lost or stolen SPT ID please call the Friends of the Kennedy Center at (202) 416-8320.

Day-of-Performance SPTs:

SPTs also are sometimes sold on the day of a performance, for designated performances subject to availability, beginning at Noon for matinees and 6 p.m. for evening performances from the Box Office. You will be asked to present proof of eligibility at the Box Office when you purchase your tickets. Patrons with a permanent disability and a Kennedy Center ID may purchase day of performance SPTs when available, starting at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the performance by phone at (202) 416-8529 (voice) or (202) 416-8524 (TTY).

If your organization is a direct service provider to people with disabilities and has a 501-c-3non-profit status with the IRS, your organization can apply for a Kennedy Center ID that allows you to purchase up to 19 SPTs for disabled clients and their caregivers or personal care attendants. Call the Friends of the Kennedy Center Volunteers Administrative Desk Monday through Friday, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm at (202) 416-8320 (voice).

Important information about SPTs:

  • If an eligible person is unable to use an SPT discounted ticket, it can be transferred to another eligible SPT patron or it can be used by a noneligible SPT patron by upgrading the SPT ticket to a full price ticket at the Box Office.
  • SPTs are NOT available for pre-school age children or infants. SPTs do not apply to programs offered at family prices.
  • SPTs cannot be combined with other discount offers.
  • Remember all sales, including SPTs, are final.
  • SPTs are subject to availability and are not available for all performances.

The SPT program is supported by the Friends of the Kennedy Center Volunteers.

Contact Us

Information and Tickets:
Information: (202) 467-4600
Out-of-Town: (800) 444-1324
Persons with Disabilities:
Voice: (202) 416-8528 or (202) 416-8529
TTY: (202) 416-8524
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Accessibility Program:
Voice: (202) 416-8727
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friends of the Kennedy Center Volunteers Visitors Center:
Voice: (202) 416-8340
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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