The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts truly represents the diversity of performing culture in the United States. Plus, it also draws international talent, as well as events of state. The Kennedy Center is home to the Washington National Opera, Suzanne Ferrell Ballet, in addition to the National Symphony Orchestra. The center also plays host to countless "big names" of American music, dance, and theater — regulars include the American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater, Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, the American College Theater Festival, and the American Film Institute, among many others. Many local vocal, theatrical, dance, and instrumental organizations also perform regularly at the Kennedy Center—for example, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and the Chorale Arts Society of Washington.
Believe it or not, The Kennedy Center puts on over 3,000 events each year on its many stages. This public/private partnership, originally conceived during the 2nd Eisenhower administration, puts on at least one performance each day, free of charge, on its Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. Many performances are also broadcast to the public, and public tours are offered to the public free of charge.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Foggy Bottom Metro Stop
Washington, D.C. 20566