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Kennedy Center Open House: Celebrating JFK at 100  (Full Schedule)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

JFK Centennial Celebration

In celebration of our namesake's 100th birthday, and a nod to Jackie Kennedy's famous 1962 televised tour of the White House to make it more accessible and inviting to all, we open our doors to YOU with a daylong celebration featuring dozens of FREE performances and activities for the entire family! Plan your visit, find more information, and see full event listings.

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Celebrating JFK at 100
Saturday, May 27 from 12 noon to 10 p.m.

Enjoy dozens of FREE performances and participatory activities for the entire family.
t’s our way of saying “THANK YOU D.C.!”
Innovative dance & interactive movement
Live music, soaring voices & spirited jam sessions
Powerful theater, storytelling & Hip Hop
Street arts, DJs & skateboard culture
Stages inside & outside—even on our roof!
Enter to win tickets to summer shows!

Plan your visit, find more information, and see full event listings

Just as Jackie Kennedy made history in 1962 with her first-of-its-kind televised tour of the White House—part of her untiring efforts to make the President’s home and headquarters more accessible and inviting for creative artists, innovative thinkers, and the American public at large—we open our doors to YOU with this fun-filled cross-cultural celebration!

Encompassing dozens of free performances and activities throughout the day and into the night, the eagerly awaited return of our Open House is just one of the many ways we’d like to express our GRATITUDE to you, your family, and the entire Washington community for continuing to enjoy and support our living memorial to America’s 35th President.

It’s all part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy—our yearlong initiative designed around five ideals embodied by JFK (COURAGE, FREEDOM, JUSTICE, SERVICE, GRATITUDE) and the week’s very special series of events leading up to May 29, 2017, which would have been the 100th birthday of our namesake. Artists will include these performers and many more!
  • Pioneers of vertical dance BANDALOOP
  • A Chuck Berry tribute by boogie woogie piano man Daryl Davis
  • D.C.-based contemporary dance ensemble Company E
  • Jam sessions with the D.C. Bluegrass Union and Archie Edwards Blues Foundation
  • Riffs on our five JFKC ideals by street dance talents FLEXN
  • The return of our outdoor skatepark and music stage Finding a Line 
  • The interactive Hip Hop show for young audiences All the Way Live!
  • Master storyteller "Polarbear" with Mouth Open, Story Jump Out
  • More than 300 singers for the National Memorial Day Choral Festival
  • Excerpts from Frontier, inspired by JFK's "moonshot" speech, by The Washington Ballet
Note: Prior to entering the Finding a Line skate park, patrons must complete a waiver. Waivers will also be available on-site. Anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to enter the skate park must have the waiver filled out by a parent or guardian.

Schedule and artists subject to change without notice. By participating in physical activity, you acknowledge that all physical activity is at your own risk and agree to hold harmless the Kennedy Center and activity instructors. Waivers are required to participate in the skate park and yoga. Please note that the Kennedy Center staff may be photographing or filming various performances and activities throughout the day. 

In case of inclement weather, check this page for updates on outdoor events.

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