The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the United States National Cultural Center on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. It opened on Sept. 8, 1971, as a multidimensional cultural center and a memorial to U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The Kennedy Center offers diverse genres of theater, music, dance, ballet and multimedia entertainment. Two million patrons attend 3,500 performances annually in this national cultural center. The U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos donated $22 million to the Kennedy Center Arts Management Center for the development of future arts leaders nationwide. The Kennedy Center Concert Hall is home to the National Symphony Orchestra. Listen to world-class symphony, orchestra, chamber music, jazz and folk music in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The Kennedy Center also hosts touring live television and radio shows for 20 million listeners. Grab your Kennedy Center Concert Hall tickets at StubHub.
What is the Kennedy Center Concert Hall seating capacity?
The Kennedy Center's Concert Hall seats 2,500 people.
Where are the best Kennedy Center Concert Hall seats located?
Seats added in 1997 allow you to sit on stage, in the chorus and in parterre seats when the performance is nearly sold out. The onstage boxes are on either side of the conductor and the orchestra. You may want to choose seats for their acoustical value rather than your view of the performers.
Is the Kennedy Center Concert Hall accessible by public transportation?
The Kennedy Center at 2700 F St., NW, is easier to reach by public transportation, either Metro subway or bus, than by car because Washington, D.C. traffic can be quite congested. You can take the Metro to the Foggy Bottom/George Washington University/Kennedy Center station on the Orange, Blue or Silver lines. The Kennedy Center Shuttle runs every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Is there on-site parking?
Always allow extra time when driving to the venue. You can park for free for two hours with a validated receipt and a ticket purchase from the Kennedy Center box office or gift shop. Parking for performances is slightly discounted but on a first-come, first-served basis.
Are there other entertainment options nearby?
The National Theatre and the Warner Theatre are both close by. The National Theatre is a privately owned theater offering live performances. The historic Warner Theatre features live musicians, singers, concerts and Broadway plays.
Should I call a sitter or can I bring the young ones along?
Children are welcome in the educational center for the performing arts. The Kennedy Center features family events for children of all ages. The events actively teach children about colors, musical instruments, plays and musicals.
Is the Kennedy Center Concert Hall a wheelchair-friendly facility?
Wheelchair-accessible parking spaces on each level of the parking garage are located on the west side of each lobby, on the left on your way in. The Kennedy Center offers wheelchair-accessible seats on all floors surrounded by high-tech acoustics.Back to Top
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