Park in our garage

Purchase Parking

Performance parking is currently available on a first-come, first-served basis for $23, pre-paid at the parking entrances. Accessible parking spaces are available on all levels and are located on the west side of the motor lobbies nearest the river. All major credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Need to purchase parking for an upcoming event?

Garage Hours

6 a.m. – 12 midnight daily. Hours subject to change on holidays.


Garage portals are located at the north and south ends of the building.

For entry, we encourage garage traffic to use 25th Street, past the front of the Kennedy Center to the south portals.

A North entrance is accessible from New Hampshire Avenue/F Street and C North is accessible from Rock Creek Parkway only.

Please follow direction from parking personnel. All garage portals are available for exiting after performances.

Note: For vehicles taller than 6 ft., there are limited spaces available on all levels (max. clearance 7 ft.).


Accessible parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis on all three levels of the garage for vehicles bearing valid DMV accessible parking placards or license. Spaces are located on the west side of the motor lobbies nearest the river. For information about van accessible parking for vehicles over 6 ft. 6 in. tall, please call (202) 416-7988.

Free Box Office and Gift Shop Parking

Two hours of free parking is available when visiting our Box Office or spending $10 or more at our Gift Shops (if validated at the Box Office or Gift Shops). Box Office validation is not available when picking up free tickets.

Member Reserved Parking

When attending performances, Kennedy Center Members at the Producer Circle level or higher have access to a reserved parking section, located on Parking Level C. Reserved parking is available on a first come, first serve basis, and can be accessed by scanning your Circles card.  Learn more about Member benefits.  


Have questions about parking? Call (202) 416-7988.

Discounted Pre-paid Parking

You may pre-purchase parking online when buying tickets at a discounted price of $20 (a $3 savings) up until 8 p.m. the day before you intend to park. If Pre-Paid Parking is sold out, you may still purchase parking when you arrive at the Kennedy Center.

Parking can be added from your shopping cart whenever purchasing performance tickets. Blackout dates apply. Tickets may either be printed from an email confirmation or scanned directly from a mobile device at the garage entrance. Pre-Paid Parking may also be purchased at the Kennedy Center Box Office in person or over the phone.

I want to buy add-on parking for a performance I've purchased:

Log in to buy parking for my upcoming performance

I want to buy parking to a free or non-ticketed event:

To pre-purchase parking for free, non-ticketed events or without purchasing tickets to an event, patrons should call InstantCharge at (202) 467-4600 or 1(800) 444-1324 to purchase by phone.

Bike parking

Bike racks are available for patron convenience at the following locations: F St. & New Hampshire Ave., next to the Metro Bus stop on the Front Plaza, inside the Level A North garage entrance, and on the grounds of the REACH.

A Capital Bikeshare rack is located on F St. to the west of the Grand Staircase.

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