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INFO One of the premier arts organizations in the world, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most prestigious venues a performer can hope to play. Musicians, dancers, and actors know they have reached... ... read more

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Steven Tyler - Abbey Road Side 2 Medley - Kennedy Center Honors Paul McCartney
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(15 yrs old) Saxophonist Demetrius "DJ" Turner performs at the John F. Kennedy Center
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Will Ferrell, Jack Black Light Up Kennedy Center Red Carpet
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No Doubt - Hello Goodbye, All My Loving, Penny Lane (FULL Live Kennedy Center Honors 2010)
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BOB HOPE BACKSTAGE: Kennedy Center Gala Lucille Ball "Hey, Look Him Over!" 1983
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Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center
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Do What You Want - OK Go (Live @ the Kennedy Center)
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SNEAK PEEK: Jack Black Rocks the Stage at the 2011 Mark Twain Prize
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Here it Goes Again - OK Go (Live @ the Kennedy Center)
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Carl Reiner at the Kennedy Center - October 26, 2009
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Information

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.

One of the premier arts organizations in the world, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most prestigious venues a performer can hope to play. Musicians, dancers, and actors know they have reached success when scheduled as one of the Kennedy Center’s 2,000 annual performances.

Built in 1971, the Kennedy Center has three main theaters – the 2,400-seat Concert Hall, the 2,300-seat Opera House, and the Eisenhower Theater, which seats 1,163. Additionally, the center has five smaller theaters for specialized performances. The National Symphony Orchestra makes its home at the Kennedy Center. Performances and events at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts include dance, ballet, opera, pop music, theater, and much more.

The building is located on the Potomac River near the Watergate complex. The rooftop terrace at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is open daily and has free admission and sweeping views of the area. The Kennedy Center’s foyer is one of the largest rooms in the world, and free tours of the facility are offered throughout the week. Ticket prices vary widely by event, and are handled through the Kennedy Center’s box office and website.

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Kennedy Center, a stunning concert hall located right on the Potomac
Helen L. Jun 2, 2013
My Take: The Kennedy Center is easily accessible and perfectly located right on the river front. You can get there by metro (they run shuttles to and from metro), bus, driving, and biking. I frequently visit the center to watch the national symphony orchestra, jazz, and the ballet companies that come to visit. The most recent trip I took was to see the NY Ballet company perform Swan Lake. The atmosphere is wonderful, especially when the weather is nice outside. You can walk right by the watergate properties and the waterfront restaurants. Cocktails & Cuisine: There are two places to eat inside the Kennedy center: the KC Cafe and the roof terrace restaurant. The KC Cafe is reasonably priced, equipped with a full salad bar, soups, salads, assorted chips and beverages, and a grill with burgers, pasta, fish, etc made to order. You'll most likely spend between $10~20 for lunch/ person. They also serve wine!! The Roof Terrace Restaurant is much fancier, they recommend you reserve in advance. They have dinners before performances. The view is spectacular and the food is Contemporary American. The prices are ~$50+. There's also really nice restaurants on the waterfront - Sequoia, Tony & Joe's seafood, Nick's Riverside Grill. What to wear: The Kennedy Center's website says there is no dress code, but people usually come in formal attire for a performance. Although, I have gone semi-casual a few times when visiting to attend a day performance. Insider Tip: Make sure to go out to the patio on the top floor. You can see the Potomac, watergate, and the national monument.
Beautiful concert and performance space!
Elyse H. Dec 12, 2012
This center is amazing! The last time we went there were like three performances going on all at the same time! We saw an opera after stopping to listen to acoustic guitar in their hall! The location on the river is beautiful, and it’s a really cool building. Lots of high ceilings! The cafe at the top has a salad bar that has really great food. There’s a salad bar that has really fresh vegetables and leafy greens and the view from this cafe is incredible! You see all of DC even Watergate and it’s beautiful! The glass and stone of the building are also really pretty.
Definitely see a show here
Christina W. Dec 11, 2012
The Kennedy Center is hands down the best performing arts venue I have ever been to. I grew up in DC and have seen many shows there. Whether it is a National Symphony Orchestra performance, a visiting musician (such as Yo-Yo Ma), or a play, the quality of the auditoriums is only outshone by the quality of the performances. When I was growing up they did regular performances of the murder-mystery-musical Shear Madness on the top floor theatre, and that was always really fun. I have also seen a few free concerts there, which they used to do on Tuesdays in the summer on the stage in the lobby. Aside from the performances, it's totally worth it to get there early. In the winter you can wander the halls and marvel and the rows upon rows of international flags lining the ceiling. And in the summer, the patio is absolutely gorgeous, with a great view of the Potomac River and the Washington Monument.
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