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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
2700 F St NW (at New Hampshire Ave.), Washington, D.C. 20566, United States
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 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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    The Ritz-Carlton
    "Don't miss the daily performances at 6pm on Millennium Stage."(8 Tips)
    Norie W.
    "Beautiful building with free shows in the summer."(5 Tips)
    Jarreau W.
    "Come see Shear Madness!"(7 Tips)
    Maddie G.
    "Go up to the rooftop and check out the fab view."(6 Tips)
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  • Mike H.

    Beautiful venues and wonderful common spaces

    Mike Hopkins · 3 weeks ago
  • Jackie

    Great shows! Dress up a little when you go here. Make an effort.

    Jackie · 3 weeks ago
  • Alexander S.

    Great place to visit

    Alexander Stamey · August 24
  • Tim F.

    A classic DC destination. Visit the Millennium Stage if you want to get a taste of the experience without paying through the nose.

    Tim F · August 16
  • Michael L.

    Stellar views of the city from the balcony!

    Michael Lambert · August 6
  • Caitlin L.

    Beautiful opera house, with great outside views. Arrive early before shows to listen to the free band

    Caitlin Lawler · August 5
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    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.

    The Ritz-Carlton · July 29
  • Steve D.

    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.

    Steve Dahlgren · July 22
  • Sophia C.

    Great tour

    Sophia Chan · July 14
  • Ben B.

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    Ben Boeselager · July 9
  • Sherie R.

    The Book of Mormons

    Sherie Robey · July 8
  • Dina💗 R.

    Book of Mormon! !

  • Katie W.

    Bus leaves from Foggy Bottom Metro, but it's a nice walk--as long as it's not winter.

    Katie Willard · June 21
  • Brett p.

    Free concerts every day they always bring the heat

    Brett payne · June 9
  • Brian S.

    Great performance by the Myriad Trio!

    Brian Smith · May 20
  • Matt S.

    Parking here is expensive. Take public transportation if you can.

    Matt Small · April 26
  • Ann A.

    Check out the daily free performances on the Milennium Stage!

    Ann Adair · March 25
  • Mayra  .

    This place is really amazing

  • Roberto M.

    The shows and food are great. But, a little pricey.

  • Norie W.

    Beautiful building with free shows in the summer.

    Norie Wright · March 13
  • Roger U.

    Free shows at 6pm most nights, they are free but use mass transit to get there as the parking will set you back $23!

    Roger Underhill · March 9
  • Christy F.

    Beautiful place to go

    Christy Fulton · January 18
  • Liz C.

    Free shows at the millennium stage in the foyer!

    Liz Caselli-Mechael · January 4
  • Tone

    Excellent free scenic views of the city and the river. Free wifi in the cafe upstairs. Great place to see cultural performances.

    Tone · December 31, 2014
  • pipitu

    Buy MyTix tickets in advance if you're under 30.

    pipitu · December 30, 2014
  • Jared C.

    Well worth becoming a member. Don't miss the scenic view of Virginia.

    Jared Campbell · November 23, 2014
  • OMAR M.

    A must see place

    OMAR Mukharesh · November 10, 2014
  • Chad C.

    First time here since I've been back. Here for Florencia in the Amazon dress rehersal.

    Chad Capellman · September 17, 2014
  • Derek J.

    There is no need to buy a ticket to enjoy the wonderful architecture. Walk around the building to enjoy beautiful artwork, facades, and vistas.

    Derek Jones · September 14, 2014
  • Anelka H.

    President John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Lee Bouvire with a 3 carat Emerald ring:

    Anelka Hemo · August 28, 2014
  • Bob N.

    Walking the grounds, where new building will be.

    Bob Niemic · August 16, 2014
  • David W.

    Pre-order your intermission drinks before the show. They'll have them waiting on thw side for a quick pickup.

    David Whitney · August 16, 2014
  • Andrea C.

    Free tours. A shuttle takes you to and from the Foggy Bottom metro station.

    Andrea C · August 11, 2014
  • Victor H.

    Full restaurant upstairs. Get beer , liquor and wine are expensive!

    Victor Hsiao · August 10, 2014
  • Dirty B.

    Must see! Go to some sort of show there

    Dirty Bird · August 9, 2014
  • Patricia M.

    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!

    Patricia Moore · August 7, 2014
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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  • Tracy J.

    This Mom hada super handsome son for a date at the Kennedy!

    Tracy Johnstone · June 26, 2014
  • Cathy H.

    The Bolshoi Ballet Company is performing Giselle & it's a fabulous performance!!!!!

    Cathy Henry · May 24, 2014
  • Maddie G.

    Go up to the rooftop and check out the fab view.

    Maddie Grant · April 7, 2014
  • Terry P.

    Why struggle with your coat? Coat check is free but tips are appreciated!

    Terry P. · March 28, 2014
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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
  • Valerie S.

    A must see place in DC

    Valerie Stewart · December 1, 2013
  • Eduardo M.

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

    Eduardo M. Etienne · November 14, 2013
  • 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
  • Edward

    Million Dollar Quartet was outstanding!!

    Edward · September 26, 2013
  • 2M S.

    Discounted opera tickets are available for all those under 35. Check out Generation O!

    2M Street · September 18, 2013
  • Frank B.

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

    Frank Brown · August 23, 2013
  • Marcus S.

    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!

    Marcus Smallegan · July 17, 2013

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