Theater & Performing Arts

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

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
12 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
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
11 Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend in Washington, DC

Thursday Spend Turkey Day in the District If going out on the town for your Thanksgiving meal is on the docket, DC has you covered in so many ways. Art and Soul serves up a home-style feast from 10 a.m. – 8:45 p.m., including four delicious types of pie to choose from. Blue Duck Tavern celebrates...

Nighttime Skating at Top of the Skate at The Watergate Hotel - Where to Skate 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! • • • ‘An Act of God’ – Ends Nov. 26 David Javerbaum, winner of 13...

@capitol.momma - XYZT Interactive Museum Exhibit at ARTECHOUSE - Things to Do in Washington, DC
5 Jazz Venues In 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
50+ Things to Do This November in Washington, DC

Events A post shared by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on Oct 16, 2017 at 4:24pm PDT Scott Kelly: A Year in Space – Nov. 3 George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium will host astronaut Scott Kelly in conversation with NPR’s Joe Palca. Kelly has participated in four space flights and holds...

ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo - Holiday Displays in Washington, DC
5 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 arts event of the coming winter, Women’s Voices Theater Festival , Jan. 15 through Feb. 15,...

Performance from 2015 Women's Voices Theater Festival - Performing Arts Festival in Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Theater & Performing Arts

Washington, DC is a cultural hub with a thriving performing arts scene and live music. We want to expose some of the District’s creative side, without requiring you to pay Broadway prices. Make good on these free (or affordable) ways to enjoy the arts in DC.

The Washington Ballet performance
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture

Home of the Kennedy Center , 75+ museums and a thriving theater scene, Washington, DC is brimming with cultural possibilities at every turn. The best part: many are free of charge. Check out all of these free and almost free arts and culture-related things to do.

Couple at the Phillips Collection - Dupont Circle - Washington, DC