Theater & Performing Arts

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

Molly Smith on Arena Stage, How to Get Last-Minute Tickets & the Southwest Waterfront

Arena Stage , the stunning theater-in-the-round complex in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood , is an ideal venue to see compelling theater. Visitors can purchase tickets to see great American theater even on the day they visit. Molly Smith, who leads the Tony Award-winning theater complex,...

Arena Stage Moby Dick performance
60+ Things to Do This December in Washington, DC

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation's capital and plan your visit today. Events Downtown Holiday Market – Through Dec. 23 This free-to-frequent...

Georgetown Glow winter public art installation - Free things to do this winter 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,...

Free Theater and Performing Arts Experiences in Washington, DC - Luce Unplugged at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art in DC
16 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
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. Consider this your last chance to catch ‘em while you can! • • • ‘How to Catch a Star’ – Ends...

@jim_malone - Balcony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theater and performing arts in Washington, DC
The Need-to-Know Guide to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The History of the Kennedy Center 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 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , the performing arts...

Outside the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC - Guide to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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
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
13 Distinctly DC Music Venues You Have to Experience

When it comes to DC’s music legends, the landscape is as diverse as the city itself: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ian MacKaye, Dave Grohl and Wale all share space atop the District’s musical Rushmore. Each artist has influenced the local landscape for years, but what’s the scene like...

Echostage - Live Music Venues in Washington, DC
15 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