The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Performing Arts Venue, Theater, and Concert Hall
2700 F St NW (at New Hampshire Ave.), Washington DC, D.C. 20566, United States
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    • 10:00 AM–Midnight
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The nation’s performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy

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"Side Show" must close this Sunday, July 13! Don't miss the show the Washington Post calls "an intoxicating experience!"
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  • "... for dinner after a Millennium Stage performance!" (5 tips)
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  • The White House

    President Obama and the First Lady celebrated the 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees, including Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin. Read more

    The White House · December 4, 2012
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  • C-SPAN

    The Kennedy Center, which first opened in 1971, has 9 stages, 2 of which are Millennium Stages located in the Great Foyer that house free performances every day of the year. Watch video for more info. Read more

    C-SPAN · July 15, 2011
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  • The White House

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the "Concert for Hope" to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Read more

    The White House · November 23, 2011
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  • Saleem K.

    Check out a free performance at the Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., 365 days a year

    Saleem Khan · July 25, 2009
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  • Presidential Libraries

    What show are you going to see? The Reagans attended lots of events here- one standout was a May 20, 1983 tribute to comedian and entertainer Bob Hope.

    Presidential Libraries · January 24, 2011
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  • The White House

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the Kennedy Center Honors celebrating honorees Neil Diamond, Meryl Streep, Sonny Rollins, Yo-Yo Ma and Barbara Cook. Read more

    The White House · December 6, 2011
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  • Kenya

    Parking is now $20. If you can find street parking good for you. If not you might want to consider catching the Kennedy Center shuttle from Foggy Bottom-GWU metro station next time.

    Kenya · October 24, 2010
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  • Kristin J.

    Beautiful stage and experience. Read more

    Kristin Johnson · November 21, 2009
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  • Kennedy Center

    Discounted and free tickets are available for anyone ages 18-30 and active duty military through our MyTix program. Check out kennedy-center.org/mytix for more info!

    Kennedy Center · December 20, 2011
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  • US National Archives

    While you enjoy the view from the Terrace Level, take a look at this 1970s photo of the area from our Documerica collection. What can you do to help keep this place beautiful? Read more

    US National Archives · April 13, 2011
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  • Washington Blade

    “Wicked” Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. “Wicked” tells in song the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, before Dorothy landed in Oz. Tickets range from $37 to $250

    Washington Blade · August 1, 2011
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  • Tony B.

    Make sure to check out wonderful views of Washington DC from roof terrace.

    Tony Bowles · June 23, 2010
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  • michael s.

    I could get lost in this place

    michael sola · December 24, 2009
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  • Travel + Leisure

    Catch a free performance every night at 6 p.m.

    Travel + Leisure · January 4, 2013
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  • Washington Blade

    Special theater look-in for Sydney Theatre Company’s production of “Uncle Vanya” Tuesday 5pm featuring company members Cate Blanchett; Hugo Weaving. Performance at 7:30 p.m. More in the Blade

    Washington Blade · August 15, 2011
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  • Washington Blade

    “Shear Madness,” a comedy whodunit, will be performed twice Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. At the Theater Lab. “Madness” takes place in present-day Georgetown, in the Shear Madness Hair Styling Salon.

    Washington Blade · July 30, 2011
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  • DC After Five

    $5 star hill beer which isn't a bad price for this place

    DC After Five · June 23, 2011
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  • Eduardo M.

    Love the atmosphere. They have a variety of cultural events for the whole family.

    Eduardo M. Etienne · November 14, 2013
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  • The Ritz-Carlton

    Discover beautiful paintings, sculptures,& artwork within this performing arts venue with one of the Kennedy Center’s free daily tours. You’ll also find great views of the Potomac on their terrace.

    The Ritz-Carlton · November 4, 2013
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  • Kennedy Center

    The eight foot bronze bust of President John F. Kennedy was designed and created by American sculptor Robert Berk and weighs 3000 pounds.

    Kennedy Center · December 20, 2011
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  • Jen L.

    Go to the rooftop at night. Order at the cafe not the restaurant, just as yummy.

    Jen Lemen · December 28, 2009
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  • Dora

    Free tours Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm, and Sat-Sun, 10am-1pm and free daily performances at 6pm. Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 21, 2010
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  • Lisa

    Wonderful Theatre!

    Lisa · May 28, 2010
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  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Avoid intermission bar lines by filling out your drink order before the show. Your beverage will be waiting for you as soon as you step out into the lobby! See the bartender for more info.

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  • IWalked Audio Tours

    17-acres. Busiest arts facility in US w/over 2000 performances annually. Original design was intended to emulate Watergate Complex's curves but removed due to cost constraints.More site info via<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · September 8, 2012
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  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The Center is a "living memorial" to John F. Kennedy. At the groundbreaking, President Lyndon Johnson used the same spade as was used in ceremonies for the Lincoln & Jefferson memorials. Read more

    K12 Inc · June 23, 2011
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  • Shonali B.

    If you need a cab after a show, don't get in line in front of the entrance. Walk down the side steps and hail a cab. It's much quicker.

    Shonali Burke · March 20, 2011
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  • Megan P.

    The Georgetown waterfront isn't a bad walk (and it's so nice on a summer night) -- go there for dinner after a Millennium Stage performance!

    Megan Pagado · July 26, 2010
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  • Ghazal K.

    The show was good but not great, I prefer if the show was based on a story.

    Ghazal Kaki · December 4, 2013
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  • Frank B.

    Always thank the tech guys! They are great to work with!

    Frank Brown · August 23, 2013
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  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Start your holiday shopping early! The Kennedy Center Gift Shops are ready now with gorgeous ornaments and unique gift ideas.

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  • Yilen R.

    I was so happy when I heard Wicked was coming to JFK center, it was an amazing performance! Such great talent! Such a beautiful stage!! Loved it!

    Yilen Rodriguez · February 26, 2012
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  • Mieko D.

    KC Cafe onion rings are awesome!

    Mieko Di Sano · October 26, 2011
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  • Merrie D.

    Go to one of their free tours! You get to see all three historical theatres, the president's boxes and the incredible pieces of art all around. Fun & knowledgeable tour guides.

    Merrie D. · October 9, 2011
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  • Washington Blade

    10th annual "Page-to-Stage" Festival Saturday from 1 to 10pm through Monday. Free event with limited seating, but no tickets are required. For more kennedy-center.org. Read more

    Washington Blade · September 1, 2011
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  • Brian J.

    Millennium Stage @ 6 pm for a free show.

    Brian Joyner · August 9, 2011
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  • Ali M.

    Free performances every day at 6pm at the Millennium Stage Read more

    Ali Madad · August 1, 2011
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  • Washington Blade

    “Shear Madness,” a comedy whodunit, will be performed twice Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. At the Theater Lab. “Madness” takes place in present-day Georgetown, in the Shear Madness Hair Styling Salon. Ticke

    Washington Blade · July 30, 2011
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  • Megan P.

    Performance parking is $20, but it's only $10 at a garage across the street at Watergate.

    Megan Pagado · July 26, 2010
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  • ToryBurch

    Named for President JFK, the Kennedy Center hosts plays, ballets and many of DC’s best theatrical events.

    ToryBurch · June 26, 2013
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  • Bob

    For Sunday matinee don't skip the Brunch in Terrace Restaurant. Fantastic !

    Bob · June 9, 2013
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  • ShannonRenee M.

    Go on a tour and learn the history of DC's iconic performing arts venue.

    ShannonRenee Mouton Gray · March 31, 2012
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  • Nicholas S.

    Get there before 10am and it's only $9 per day mon-fri...however if you leave after 7pm it's $20

    Nicholas Stephenson · December 30, 2011
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  • Nicholas S.

    Parking is reasonable compared to some of the other garages in the area.

    Nicholas Stephenson · December 30, 2011
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  • Rafael L.

    Look behind the bust of JFK. There, you will find a small box. Open it. Inside is the heart of a small Indonesian boy.

    Rafael Lemaitre · October 26, 2011
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  • Jarreau W.

    Come see Shear Madness! The longest running show in American theater!!

    Jarreau Williams · October 26, 2011
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  • Ferchichi A.

    almost of music show are after 6 pm and for free :)))

    Ferchichi Ahmed · September 1, 2011
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  • Washington Blade

    Sydney Theatre Company returns with an exclusive U.S. engagement of Andrew Upton’s tragicomedy “Uncle Vanya” starring Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett, Saturday 1:30 & 7:30pm

    Washington Blade · August 19, 2011
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  • China Daily USA

    Chinese and US military bands performed in a joint concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 16, 2011, a show of cooperation 30 years in the making (full story in link). Read more

    China Daily USA · May 18, 2011
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  • WorldStrides

    The Grand Foyer is 60ft high and 630ft long, making it one of the largest rooms in the world. If you were to lay the Washington Monument on its side in the Grand Foyer, you’d still have 75ft to spare.

    WorldStrides · April 8, 2011
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