Find Your Center

Our new site makes it easy to explore the arts you love with exciting new features.

Why redesign our website? As the nation's cultural center, we want to improve your entire experience with the performing arts at the Kennedy Center. That starts with making it easy to plan and purchase tickets and take advantage of the amenities our expanded campus has to offer. But it also means showing you the wonder of the arts you love with video on demand on our Digital Stage, education programs and resources, and world-class performances by artists and ensembles, including our own National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera. We hope your experience here inspires you to join us as a patron and supporter.

Improved Patron Experience

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New Calendar

Find the perfect performance with our easy-to-navigate grid.

An audience dancing and cheering during a performance at the Kennedy Center

New Patron Center

See all your tickets and events in one place, view your Membership status and more!

Two dancers from the New York City Ballet

New Genre Pages

Explore genres like ballet, Hip Hop, opera and more for deep dives into events and exclusive content.

Red velvet covered seats at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

How To... Purchase Tickets

Our ticket-buying process is simple and efficient. Here's a quick overview.

Tap Stars on the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace (A Digital Stage Original)

Let Us Show You Amazing Sights

See our latest video highlights and browse a digital library of original works, new performances, and the best from our vast archive.

Education at the Kennedy Center

Arts learning is life learning. Education is an integral part of the Kennedy Center’s identity, so our new site makes our education content and resources easy to access in four overarching areas: audience members, educators, young artists, and arts advocates. No matter what area of education you are looking to learn more about, we’ve created clear pathways for you to find it based on your specific interests.

Our classroom resources align with today’s technologies and learning standards, with best-practice how-tos, tipsheets, standards-aligned lessons, and media-rich content that is visually engaging, easy to use, and designed to engage learners of all abilities. 

Education at the Kennedy Center

Arts learning is life learning. Education is an integral part of the Kennedy Center’s identity, so our new site makes our education content and resources easy to access in four overarching areas: audience members, educators, young artists, and arts advocates. No matter what area of education you are looking to learn more about, we’ve created clear pathways for you to find it based on your specific interests.

Our classroom resources align with today’s technologies and learning standards, with best-practice how-tos, tipsheets, standards-aligned lessons, and media-rich content that is visually engaging, easy to use, and designed to engage learners of all abilities. 

National Symphony Orchestra

Explore the world-class artistry of the National Symphony Orchestra with a vibrant calendar of events and special programs, concert videos and new ventures into radio and recordings.

Go to the NSO

Our Story

Designated as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, who believed that the arts are vital to civil society, the Kennedy Center opened its doors in 1971. Over the years, the Center has expanded its mission as the nation’s cultural center by presenting world-class art by the artists who define our culture today, delivering powerful arts education opportunities nationwide, and embodying the ideals of President Kennedy in all we do.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Our Story

Designated as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, who believed that the arts are vital to civil society, the Kennedy Center opened its doors in 1971. Over the years, the Center has expanded its mission as the nation’s cultural center by presenting world-class art by the artists who define our culture today, delivering powerful arts education opportunities nationwide, and embodying the ideals of President Kennedy in all we do.

Washington National Opera

Fans have a new immersive site to explore the drama and majesty of opera. Browse the visually-rich season schedule, great arias and iconic scenes on video, and education programs to nuture aspiring talent.

Go to the WNO

A Living Memorial

We are the national memorial for President John F. Kennedy, and our new site section provides an introduction to the shared ideals of courage, freedom, justice, service, and gratitude that find expression in our performances every day.