Theater & Performing Arts

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

8 Reasons to Attend The REACH Opening Festival at the Kennedy Center

The REACH , the new expansion at Washington, DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , will officially open on Sept. 7. To celebrate, the Kennedy Center is hosting 16 days’ worth of free programming, including concerts, workshops, film screenings, dance performances and so much more...

Dusk aerial view of The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
15 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital. Friday ‘Bonnard to Vuillard: The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life’ – Final Weekend This Phillips Collection offers the work of “Nabis” (a Hebrew...

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How to Get the Best Prices to DC Theater With TodayTix

With more than 90 professional theater companies, there is always so much to see. If you’re hoping to catch a show on a budget, you’re in luck: Most theaters in DC offer programs that provide affordable tickets, and many of them are available straight from your phone on the TodayTix app . Read...

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

Arena Stage , the stunning theater-in-the-round complex in the Southwest & The Wharf 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
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
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
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 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
40+ Things to Do This January 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 National Bell Festival – Jan. 1 Ring in the new year with the...

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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