Event Space Rentals

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the National Center for the Performing Arts, is a premiere location for your distinctive special event. Individuals, corporations, foundations, and associations have hosted unforgettable galas, receptions, dinners, and award ceremonies at the Center. Past clients include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Choral Arts Society, TEDMED, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

  • Eligibility requirements for hosting an event at the Kennedy Center: Purchase tickets to a Kennedy Center performance in one of our theaters. To purchase tickets or inquire about the performance schedule for a particular date please contact our Group Sales Office.
  • A minimum tax-deductible contribution to the Kennedy Center's Corporate Fund or Annual Fund. In addition to the opportunity to rent space at the Kennedy Center, you will receive many other wonderful benefits.
  • Rent a Kennedy Center Theater. Click here for more information about Theater Rentals.

Soliciting or accepting contributions on Kennedy Center property, for non-profit organizations other than the Kennedy Center, is prohibited, except in very limited circumstances and only with the prior approval of Kennedy Center management. Under no circumstances will fundraising for political campaigns or Political Action Committees be permitted.

Rental Capacities

80 seated / 80 standing North Atrium Foyer

The North Atrium Foyer is located on the roof level of The Kennedy Center. This room can be rented individually or in conjunction with the Atrium and is used for cocktail receptions, seated dinners, and small meetings.

80 seated / 80 standing South Atrium Foyer

The South Atrium Foyer is located on the roof level of The Kennedy Center. This room can be rented individually or in conjunction with the Atrium and is used for cocktail receptions, seated dinners, and small meetings.

400 seated / 550 standing Atriums and Foyers

Located on the roof level of the Kennedy Center, the Atrium can be used for seated dinners, cocktail receptions, small performances, meetings, and lectures. The Atrium is rented along with the North and South Foyer.

150 seated / 250 standing Opera House Box Tier

The Opera House Box Tier is located in the lobby of the prestigious Opera House and is the only space with a direct view to the bust of President Kennedy. This space can be used for receptions and seated dinners on evenings when there are no performances inside the Opera House.

80 seated / 120 standing South Opera Tier Lounge

The South Opera Tier Lounge is located on the Second Tier of the Opera House and can be used for cocktail receptions, seated dinners, meetings, and lectures.

50 seated / 60 standing Bird Room

The Bird Room is located on the Second Tier of the Concert Hall and can be used for cocktail receptions and seated dinners.

60 seated / 80 standing Israeli Lounge

The Israeli lounge is located on the Box Tier of the Concert Hall and can be used for cocktail receptions and seated dinners.

40 seated / 60 standing Chinese Lounge

The Chinese Lounge is located on the Box Tier of the Eisenhower Theater and can be used for cocktail receptions and small seated dinners. Due to the color of the carpet in the Chinese Lounge, we cannot allow any dark liquids (including red wine) in this space.

60 seated / 80 standing African Room

The African Room is a reception room for dignitaries, donated to the Kennedy Center by the nations of Africa. It is located on the box tier of the Opera House, opposite the South Opera Lounge.

Event Guidelines

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