Washington DC Performing Arts & Entertainment
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
A memorial to John F. Kennedy and home of the National Symphony Orchestra, the John F. Kennedy Center is the DC’s most spectacular performing arts venue, presenting 3,000 performances and events each year by the top artists in the world. Overlooking the Potomac River, Kennedy Center presents a wealth of theater, musicals, dance, ballet, opera, and music - orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk - along with annual festivals and multi-media performances.
Enjoy free concerts on the Millennium Stage, Holidays at the Kennedy Center and the Open House Arts Festival in September. The National Symphony Orchestra presents a 52-week season of 175 concerts at the Kennedy Center, including classical and pops concerts. Visit www.kennedy-center.org.
Washington National Opera.
Under the leadership of General Director Plácido Domingo, Washington National Opera is a world-renown opera company that plays to cheering audiences at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Designated "The National Opera" by the US Congress, the company is applauded for its excellent productions, creative presentations of lesser known works, commitment to sustaining new American opera, discovery of young talent. and its staging of striking spectacles. Visit www.dc-opera.org. [Top]
Performing at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Ballet Company is a powerful ensemble of athletic classical ballet dancers performing new works with vibrant creativity. One of the world’s finest ballet companies, the Washington Ballet is nationally and internationally celebrated for its artistic integrity, creative energy, high standards, and resolute commitment to presenting the country’s most inspiring ballet. For tickets and schedules, visit www.washingtonballet.org. [Top]
Reopening in 1968, over 100 years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre is one of the most infamous theaters in the world. Ford’s Theater celebrates the legacy of Abraham Lincoln through exceptional theatre and excellent artistic programming that capture the American experience. A tribute to Lincoln's love of performing arts, the historic stage in downtown Washington, DC presents world-class theatre, eloquent plays and the nation’s top talent - making its mark on the American theatre scene. Visit www.fordstheatre.org. [Top]
A state-of-the-art entertainment venue in Chinatown, Verizon Center presents over 220 blockbuster events, concerts, shows and sports games and every year. Home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and NHL’s Washington Capitals, Verizon Center offers DC’s most exciting concerts and events, including The Who and Monster Jam. Visit www.mcicenter.com/. [Top]
Located in southeast Washington, DC, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium has been one of the District’s leading entertainment and sports venues since 1961. The large and historic 56,000-seat stadium is a favorite venue for major concerts, events, sports tournaments, and festivals. Visit www.rfkstadium.com. [Top]