DC Venues Overview

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It’s not a very big city, but the wide array of venues in Washington, DC is incredible when you consider its tiny boundaries. From major stadiums and concert halls to secluded live music venues and intimate theaters tucked below some of the country’s most famous historical buildings, there are enough DC venues to keep anyone entertained.

Sports lovers have an assortment of great choices here, from watching Wizards basketball or Capitals hockey at the Verizon Center to Nationals baseball at Nationals Park to popping over to Maryland for some football at FedEx Field. The Verizon and FedEx stadiums both double as major concert venues, making it easy to catch the biggest touring acts.

Washington, DC is also home to an incredible assortment of wonderful smaller live music venues. The U Street Corridor is a must for any music lover, for this historical stretch of U Street – known as the “Black Broadway” in the 1920s thanks to its preeminent jazz scene – is home to the 9:30 Club, Black Cat, DC9, and the heralded U Street Music Hall, and that’s only a handful of the great music venues on this roughly nine block stretch.

Punk, ska, reggae, and lots of eclectic live music permeate up-and-coming H Street at eccentric Washington, DC venues like Rock & Roll Hotel, while jazz and blues aren’t ignored either, be it at Blues Alley in glitzy Georgetown or at Madam's Organ – located in the always ridiculously party happy Adams Morgan.

The theater scene in DC is equally diverse, ranging from large historical theaters like the National Theater, Ford Theater, The Lincoln Theater, and The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center to smaller haunts like the Atlas Performing Arts Center and Capitol Steps.

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