The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1971, is located on the Potomac River at 2700 F Street in Washington, DC. The lobby's floor to ceiling windows offer scenic views of the Potomac river and of Theodore Roosevelt Island. The Kennedy Center is one of the busiest performing arts centers in the country offering myriads of performances, including ballet, Broadway productions, jazz and chamber music in its many theaters. It is home to the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. The Kennedy Center also hosts free events, including a daily performance at 6 p.m. as a part of their "Performing Arts to Everyone" program. Grab your Kennedy Center Opera House tickets at StubHub.
What is the Kennedy Center Opera House's seating capacity?
The Kennedy Center Opera House offers 2,364 seats with unobstructed views of the stage. It is located on the main level of the Kennedy Center.
Where are the best seats at the Opera House?
The box seats offer supreme views of the stage; however, the best seating can be found a few rows behind the orchestra. There is also a Presidential box where the President sits for performances. Sometimes patrons prefer to sit closer to this box to catch a glimpse.
Can I bring my children?
Children of all ages are welcome and must have a ticket to enjoy performances. It should be noted that if any child becomes disruptive during the performance, they will be asked to leave. You want to make sure the production is appropriate for children before purchasing your tickets.
What food and beverage options are available at the Opera House?
During intermissions, you can find beverage concessions in the lobby. There is the Roof Terrace Restaurant that is open prior to evening productions. Reservations are strongly recommended. You can also find the KC CafŽ, which is set up like a food hall and focuses on locally sourced meats, vegetables and seafood.
Is on-site parking available at the Kennedy Center?
Yes, there are multiple garages for parking at the Kennedy Center. You can get your parking tickets in advance at StubHub.
Is the Kennedy Center Opera House accessible by public transportation?
The closest Metro stop to the Kennedy Center is Foggy Bottom. From there, you can either walk a bit or take the Kennedy Center Shuttle that goes between Foggy Bottom and the Center every 15 minutes during performances.
What other entertainment options are nearby?
Just steps away from the Kennedy Center, you will find the National Mall, which is home to the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Also within walking distance, you will find the Watergate Complex. This includes the infamous Watergate Hotel, Watergate Mall shops and restaurants.Back to Top
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