Theater & Performing Arts

Find the best seat in the house at Washington, DC’s theaters and performing arts venues.

14 Theaters & Performance Spaces to See a Show in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a theater town. With theaters big (think the Kennedy Center, Warner Theatre and National Theatre) and intimate (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company), a range of performances and cultural experiences are offered up for every taste in the nation's capital...

Performance at Warner Theatre - Performing Arts in Washington, DC
5 Jazz Venues In Washington, DC That Are The Bee’s Knees

The online etymology dictionary credits jazz sax player Lester Young with coining the use of “cool” as an adjective to describe jazz, which helped give rise to the now oft-used descriptor. Young used to flash his sax chops in Washington, DC—sometimes at Olivia Davis’ Patio Lounge. Unlike that jazz...

Howard Theatre - Live Music Venues and Concert Halls in Washington, DC
The Need-to-Know Guide to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The History President John F. Kennedy famously loved and promoted the arts, inviting authors and musicians to the White House and laying the groundwork for the the National Endowment for the Arts. The Kennedy Center , the performing arts powerhouse and living memorial in Foggy Bottom that bears his...

@endave - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom - Theater in Washington, DC
6 Reasons to Attend Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2015, DC’s theater community comes together again to mount a citywide festival in celebration of female playwrights. Start making your plans to attend the Women’s Voices Theater Festival , Jan. 15 through Feb. 15, 2018. And when you're visiting DC...

Performance from 2015 Women's Voices Theater Festival - Performing Arts Festival in Washington, DC
13 Holiday-Themed Theater Performances & Shows in Washington, DC

As the winter holidays near, Christmas music blares from stereos, holiday displays and lights illuminate the District and, most importantly, you need ways to let your seasonal spirit flourish. The nation’s capital has plenty of options, so get that ugly sweater ready for a month’s worth of revelry...

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC
11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Unknown Mortal Orchestra Led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson, Unknown Mortal Orchestra make psychedelic music for the 21st century. Nielson’s songs are distinct in style, using his unmistakable falsetto, funky synths and a heavy 1960s influence to create pop gems like “...

Georgetown French Market - Events and Festivals in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Theater & Performing Arts in Washington, DC

There is no shortage of free theater in Washington, DC, from shows with no admission charge to events and concerts. Some of the city’s most prestigious venues offer free opportunities, including the Kennedy Center (most notably, its Millennium Stage), the National Theatre, Ford’s Theatre,...

Luce Unplugged at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art - Washington, DC
20+ Plays to Check Out This Fall in Washington, DC

DC is home to a range of prestigious theater venues, from the majestic Kennedy Center to the historic Ford’s Theatre and the innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Read up on what a selection of the District's playhouses are offering this fall. • • • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts...

H Street NE Neighborhood - Atlas Performing Arts Center & H Street Country Club - Washington, DC
The Kennedy Center’s Robert van Leer on Foggy Bottom

Robert van Leer, the Kennedy Center ’s Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, helps decide which plays, operas, dance troupes and jazz combos play at the performing arts center on the banks of the Potomac River. He’s only been in town since 2015, but since van Leer lives next door in...

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theaters and Performing Arts Centers in Washington, DC
Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC

Many events , plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist. Catch ‘em while you can! • • • ‘Underground Railroad Game’ – Ends April 29 The 2017 Obie Award...

@a_matos - Artwork at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Free Museum in Washington, DC