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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (formally known as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts, and commonly referred to as the Kennedy Center) is the United …
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (formally known as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts, and commonly referred to as the Kennedy Center) is the United States National Cultural Center, located on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.. It was named in 1964 as a memorial to assassinated President John F. Kennedy. Opened on September 8, 1971, the center hosts many different genres of performance art, such as theater, dance, orchestras, jazz, pop, and folk music.


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Jan 18, 2023
Been going to the Kennedy Center for decades and it keeps getting better. Saw Wicked there last evening and visited the new permanent exhibit on JFK and the Arts. Really well done and very glad we to… Full review by JeromeB101
Dec 28, 2022
The Kennedy Center is a must go, if there is anything playing while you are in D.C. It is amazing, beautiful, historic and an honor to President Kennedy. The place is large and is stunning inside an… Full review by elizabethlascheid
Dec 14, 2022
I came here for the first time recently during a visit to Washington and was very impressed. Not only is it an amazing place to see a show--I came to watch a musical--but from an architectural perspe… Full review by E1128ZCalejandrob


Covers the Entire Realm of Performing Arts
The capital’s most renowned theater covers the entire realm of performing arts: Ballet, opera, plays, musicals, modern dance, jazz, classical and chamber music, and children’s theater all take the stage at this magnificent complex overlooking the Potomac River. As a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Center considers itself the nation’s theater and is committed to fulfilling the president’s mission to make the performing arts available to everyone. Within this 17-acre arts facility lie six different theaters: the Opera House, the Concert Hall, the Terrace Theater, the Eisenhower Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Family Theater. And on their stages you can expect to see world-class performances across the cultural and entertainment spectrum. Highlights from the 2015 to 2016 season give you a hint: Matilda, the Musical; the Royal Swedish Ballet’s performance of Juliet and Romeo; the National Symphony Orchestra’s 21-week classical series; in this, its 60th season, the Washington National Opera’s first presentation of Richard Wagner’s four-opera masterpiece, The Ring of the Nibelung; a production of the Greek tragedy Antigone, starring the French actress Juliette Binoche; a robust schedule of 50 jazz concerts; and a three-week Ireland-focused festival, Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture. Visit the KenCen to attend a performance, for sure, but also consider stopping by for one of the free guided tours, which take place throughout the day. Finish the visit by attending the free “Millennium Stage” performance, mostly concerts, but also dance, theater, comedy, and other forms of entertainment, staged every single evening at 6pm in the Grand Foyer, each night featuring a different act, local artists mostly, but nationally known and international performers from time to time, too. Otherwise, expect to pay ticket prices that range from $15 for a family concert to $300 for opera; most tickets cost between $45 and $100. Whatever performance you attend, make sure you head out to the terrace for a grand view of the Potomac.

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