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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
Northwest Washington, Washington
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    "Don't miss the daily performances at 6pm on Millennium Stage."(9 Tips)
    Norie W.
    "Beautiful building with free shows in the summer."(5 Tips)
    Nita S.
    "Also, free tours of the center."(4 Tips)
    Andrea C.
    "A shuttle takes you to and from the Foggy Bottom metro station."(3 Tips)
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  • Jackson K.
    Jackson Klein2 weeks ago
    Go upstairs and look out over the river and city!
  • Leonda L.
    Pre-order your drinks and they will be waiting during intermission. If not, go all the way to the left and the lines are shorter. Don't forget to tip!
  • Regi F.
    Love it 😍 the Center is amazing and all the performances are awesome 👏🏽
    Upvoted May 19
  • Ана Л.
    If it's giving you creeps to try to come here by foot, there is a red and free shuttle 🚌 departing from Foggy bottom metro exit to the front of this center, running regularly I suppose.
  • Serafettin B.
    Serafettin B.February 15
    We saw Phantom here. The grounds are themselves nice fora visit, with nice views of the Potomac River and Georgetow.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Stephan Eirik C.
    Beautiful exterior, surprisingly shabby inside. Get a drink somewhere else beforehand.
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliFebruary 4
    Vast art center with entertainment for all tastes
  • Tamara G.
    Tamara GDecember 16, 2016
    I saw Wicked, it was amazingly awesome! I also learned about the Millenium Stage, I'll definitely check out something there.
  • Ultressa D.
    Ultressa DiamondNovember 6, 2016
    Here for the Hip Hop Orchestra performance.
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander StameyAugust 2, 2016
    Was here for again the last time I went to Washington, I very much recommend it here!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole StahleckerJuly 19, 2016
    You can come here for drinks on the terrace even if you're not seeing a show - amazing view of DC. But try and go to a show!!
  • Camille P.
    Camille PinedaJuly 9, 2016
    Broadway, shows
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YMay 10, 2016
    Concert hall is so beautiful!
  • Mykhailo G.
    Mykhailo GlubokyiApril 29, 2016
    Beautiful view from top of the building.
  • Richard C.
    Richard CassemApril 8, 2016
    Try to arrive during the day on a weekday or before 1:00 PM on Friday, so you can get a guided tour. Otherwise, the self-guided tour is OK.
  • Nita S.
    Nita SmileyfaceMarch 25, 2016
    It's a beautiful building. Free events on Sundays at 6pm on The Millennium Stage. Also, free tours of the center.
  • Ronna R.
    Ronna RobinsonFebruary 27, 2016
    Came for the Washington Ballet. Was very good.
  • Sandra
    SandraFebruary 15, 2016
    Beautiful views and venue. Classic D.C.
  • Andres F.
    Andres FalconerFebruary 4, 2016
    Can't be missed. Must come as often as possible. Great free performances in the halls.
  • Martin S.
    Martin SlusarzFebruary 1, 2016
    Spectacular venue for music, plays and opera. Restaurant choices are wide and offer a quick way to have a nice meal and avoid another place. Arrive early. Departure from nearby parking slow.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJanuary 8, 2016
    Check the calendar for the free comedy shows!
  • Brian W.
    Brian WellsJanuary 5, 2016
    What more do you need to say? It's the Kennedy Center!
  • Oliver L.
    Oliver LewisDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A wonderful venue for all types of musical performances. This historic site is conveniently located and offers views of the city, the Potomac, and restaurants on site.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsNovember 3, 2015
    Beautiful venues and wonderful common spaces
  • Jackie
    JackieNovember 2, 2015
    Great shows! Dress up a little when you go here. Make an effort.
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander StameyAugust 24, 2015
    Great place to visit
  • Tim F.
    Tim FAugust 16, 2015
    A classic DC destination. Visit the Millennium Stage if you want to get a taste of the experience without paying through the nose.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LambertAugust 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Stellar views of the city from the balcony!
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LawlerAugust 5, 2015
    Beautiful opera house, with great outside views. Arrive early before shows to listen to the free band
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 29, 2015
    Don't miss the daily performances at 6pm on Millennium Stage. Afterwards, enjoy stunning views of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Memorial Bridge & Air Force Memorial from the terrace.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DahlgrenJuly 22, 2015
    Skip the concessions here and carve out an extra 20 minutes and get pre-theatre cocktails 4 blocks away at The River Inn. Ask for the barman Keith for a memorable cocktail.
  • Sophia C.
    Sophia ChanJuly 14, 2015
    Great tour
  • Ben B.
    Ben BoeselagerJuly 9, 2015
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  • Sherie R.
    Sherie RobeyJuly 8, 2015
    The Book of Mormons
  • Dina💗 R.
    Dina💗 R💘mstedJune 30, 2015
    Book of Mormon! !
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Bus leaves from Foggy Bottom Metro, but it's a nice walk--as long as it's not winter.
  • Brett p.
    Brett payneJune 9, 2015
    Free concerts every day they always bring the heat
  • Brian S.
    Brian SmithMay 20, 2015
    Great performance by the Myriad Trio!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallApril 26, 2015
    Parking here is expensive. Take public transportation if you can.
  • Ann A.
    Ann AdairMarch 25, 2015
    Check out the daily free performances on the Milennium Stage!
  • Mayra  .
    This place is really amazing
  • Roberto M.
    Roberto Mele-CasillasMarch 13, 2015
    The shows and food are great. But, a little pricey.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 13, 2015
    Beautiful building with free shows in the summer.
  • Roger U.
    Roger UnderhillMarch 9, 2015
    Free shows at 6pm most nights, they are free but use mass transit to get there as the parking will set you back $23!
  • Christy F.
    Christy FultonJanuary 18, 2015
    Beautiful place to go
  • Liz C.
    Liz Caselli-MechaelJanuary 4, 2015
    Free shows at the millennium stage in the foyer!
  • Tone
    ToneDecember 31, 2014
    Excellent free scenic views of the city and the river. Free wifi in the cafe upstairs. Great place to see cultural performances.
  • pipitu
    pipituDecember 30, 2014
    Buy MyTix tickets in advance if you're under 30.
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellNovember 23, 2014
    Well worth becoming a member. Don't miss the scenic view of Virginia.
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshNovember 10, 2014
    A must see place
  • Chad C.
    Chad CapellmanSeptember 17, 2014
    First time here since I've been back. Here for Florencia in the Amazon dress rehersal.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There is no need to buy a ticket to enjoy the wonderful architecture. Walk around the building to enjoy beautiful artwork, facades, and vistas.
  • Anelka H.
    Anelka HemoAugust 28, 2014
    President John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Lee Bouvire with a 3 carat Emerald ring: http://www.emerald-engagementrings.net/2014/08/emerald-engagement-rings-way-to-stay-in.html
  • Bob N.
    Bob NiemicAugust 16, 2014
    Walking the grounds, where new building will be.
  • David W.
    David WhitneyAugust 16, 2014
    Pre-order your intermission drinks before the show. They'll have them waiting on thw side for a quick pickup.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 11, 2014
    Free tours. A shuttle takes you to and from the Foggy Bottom metro station.
  • Victor H.
    Victor HsiaoAugust 10, 2014
    Full restaurant upstairs. Get beer , liquor and wine are expensive!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Must see! Go to some sort of show there
  • Patricia M.
    Patricia MooreAugust 7, 2014
    I have been to countless plays, musicals, and concerts over the years. No seat in any of the houses is terrible and there's always an adorable price point for every person at every show!
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    Want the VIP treatment? Become a Kennedy Center Member and get special benefits like Ticket Priority, Access to Lounges, Gift Shop and Restaurant Discounts, and more! Read more
  • Tracy J.
    Tracy JohnstoneJune 26, 2014
    This Mom hada super handsome son for a date at the Kennedy!
  • Cathy H.
    Cathy HenryMay 24, 2014
    The Bolshoi Ballet Company is performing Giselle & it's a fabulous performance!!!!!
  • Maddie G.
    Maddie GrantApril 7, 2014
    Go up to the rooftop and check out the fab view.
  • Terry P.
    Terry P.March 28, 2014
    Why struggle with your coat? Coat check is free but tips are appreciated!
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    Create an account at kennedy-center.org and choose your favorite performance genres to receive emails with news, discount offers, and more! https://www.kennedy-center.org/account/login/
  • Ghazal K.
    Ghazal KakiDecember 4, 2013
    The show was good but not great, I prefer if the show was based on a story.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie StewartDecember 1, 2013
    A must see place in DC
  • Eduardo M.
    Eduardo M. EtienneNovember 14, 2013
    Love the atmosphere. They have a variety of cultural events for the whole family.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonNovember 4, 2013
    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.
  • Edward
    EdwardSeptember 26, 2013
    Million Dollar Quartet was outstanding!!
  • 2M S.
    2M StreetSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Discounted opera tickets are available for all those under 35. Check out Generation O!
  • Frank B.
    Frank BrownAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Always thank the tech guys! They are great to work with!
  • Marcus S.
    Marcus SmalleganJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If you would like to see Book of Mormon (running through 8/18/13) there are $25 standing room tickets on a first come first serve basis; most seats have been sold out!
  • Jon
    JonJuly 10, 2013
    Great shows but don't eat here first.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 26, 2013
    Named for President JFK, the Kennedy Center hosts plays, ballets and many of DC’s best theatrical events.
  • Mariu F.
    Mariu FernandezMay 20, 2013
    Amazing view and delicious brunch!!! 😍
  • Dwayne K.
    Dwayne KilbourneApril 15, 2013
    One of D.C.'s best and biggest performing arts locations! Add this to your list of to-do's and thank me later!
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    Money-saving tip: Purchase your tickets in person at the Box Office and avoid service charges.
  • 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.
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphMarch 12, 2013
    7pm: Hop back in a taxi and head to the John F Kennedy Center (kennedy-center.org/index.cfm) for drama, opera or music. Don’t miss the breezy roof deck overlooking the Potomac River.
  • Ankush S.
    Ankush SaxenaFebruary 15, 2013
    Place to see live orchestras and opera performances. Tickets might be pricey, but it's worth it.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    Catch a free performance every night at 6 p.m.
  • The White House
    The White HouseDecember 4, 2012
    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
  • Nikhil
    NikhilOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    be the terrace in evenings, potomac/georgetown for picturesque clicks or planes passing by every single minute words simply can't describe kencen! being here is nothing to loose but soul's exercise :)
  • StayArlington
    StayArlingtonSeptember 24, 2012
    This is the most famous performing arts venue in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 8, 2012
    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
  • The DC Jazz Festival M.
    Jazz Meets the Classics-Mon 6/4-Concert Hall. All-star lineup performs jazz interpretations of Bach-Chopin-Mozart-Rachmaninoff-Stravinsky & more Tckts @kennedy-center.org
  • Summer H.
    Summer HoyaMay 16, 2012
    "free shows everyday, something me and my roommate would do once a month." - Janet, MSB'12
  • Claire M.
    Claire McDonoughApril 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat on the Cafe on the Roof Terrace. Good food.
  • Overtures Series
    Overtures SeriesApril 4, 2012
    This evening is the first Overtures Series concert at the Terrace Theater. The first performance will feature soprano Maki Mori.
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SanchoApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Free daily concerts at 6pm. Awesome!
  • ShannonRenee M.
    ShannonRenee Mouton GrayMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on a tour and learn the history of DC's iconic performing arts venue.
  • Yilen R.
    Yilen RodriguezFebruary 26, 2012
    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!
  • Lish L.
    Lish LindseyFebruary 21, 2012
    Several ushers were professional/kind, but a certain older usher ruined an otherwise excellent experience due to his aggressive demeanor.
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreFebruary 15, 2012
    Wonderful orchestral performances. Love the bronze JFK bust.
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeJanuary 20, 2012
    Tony Award-winning musical “La Cage aux Folles” starring Christopher Sieber & George Hamilton Friday 7pm, $65 to $130 Read more
  • Robyn P.
    Robyn PorterJanuary 17, 2012
    $20 to park?!?!?!
  • KiVi
    KiViJanuary 9, 2012
    Don't leave your seat close to the end. The musicians/house rules won't let you back in. Smh
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas StephensonDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there before 10am and it's only $9 per day mon-fri...however if you leave after 7pm it's $20
  • Herman de K.
    Herman de KeyperlingOctober 12, 2015
    Taise a jamais je dis a toute le monde l'ecoute'
  • Lena
    LenaMarch 3, 2015
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  • Jean C.
    Jean CitéAugust 7, 2014
    Es muy recomendable subir a la azotea. Una vista interesante de la ciudad y del río.
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