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The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC


The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

Kennedy Center at night.

Carol Pratt

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres that overlook the Potomac River in Washington, DC, opened in 1971. This living memorial burgeoned from President Kennedy's vision and advocacy for the arts.

The Center presents more than 2,000 performances each year. In an effort to touch as many people as possible and to make the arts accessible to all, the Kennedy Center offers hundreds of free performances each year featuring national and local artists; these include early-evening concerts on the Millennium Stage, performances during the annual Open House Arts Festival, and daily concerts of seasonal music in December as part of Holidays at the Kennedy Center.

To learn more about current and future performances, please visit the Kennedy Center website.

General Information

The Kennedy Center is located at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, NW, and the Rock Creek Parkway at 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566.

Parking is $17 if you choose to drive. Metro is much cheaper. The Foggy Bottom/George Washington University Station (on the Orange and Blue lines , at 23rd and I streets, NW) , is the stop closest to the Kennedy Center. From there it is a short walk via New Hampshire Avenue OR use the FREE Kennedy Center Shuttle (signs are towards the left as you exit the escalator). The shuttle departs every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m.-Midnight Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-Midnight Saturdays, and noon-Midnight Sundays and 4:00 p.m.-Midnight on Federal holidays.

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