The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—the national cultural center of the United States—hosts a great variety of music, particularly on its free Millennium Stage. However, its primary focuses are classical and jazz. A welcome addition is the slate of intimate KC Jazz Club shows scheduled in the Terrace Gallery. The Center has five auditoriums. The Concert Hall is where the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington Chamber Symphony (among others) perform; its acoustics are first class. The Opera House hosts dance and ballet, Broadway-style musical performances, and is the home of the Washington Opera. Productions in the Eisenhower Theater tend to have more of an edge, while the Theater Lab and Terrace Theater are the Center’s most intimate spaces.
|Venue name:||Kennedy Center||Contact:|
2700 F Street, NW
|Cross street:||New Hampshire Avenue & Rock Creek Parkway|
|Opening hours:||Box office 10am–9pm Mon-Sat; noon–9pm Sun|
|Transport:||Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (free shuttle 9.45am–midnight Mon-Fri; 10am–midnight Sat; noon–midnight Sun)|
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The Kennedy Center is a hub of culture and art in the city. I've been to more free performances than I can count, in addition to the ballet. This is a beautiful building in Georgetown right on the river, and it has beautiful views from its patio. Check out its free performances every week! I've seen opera, classical quartets...it also sometimes features new show right before they hit Broadway.