Theater & Performing Arts

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

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
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
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
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
14 Things You Must Do in Washington, DC Before Summer Is Over

We’ve compiled Washington, DC's hottest events , plays and museum exhibits into your ultimate end-of-summer checklist. Want to hack this list? Plan the be-all, end-all Labor Day weekend getaway and pack as many of these events into your itinerary, without forgetting to tack on rooftop restaurants...

@_dromomaniac - Summer evening on the National Mall - Public parks in Washington, DC
20+ Must-See Fall Plays, Musicals & More in Washington, DC

Each fall, Washington, DC and its incredible performing arts scene offers up can’t-miss theater productions, from acclaimed Broadway plays to exciting new shows from local dance companies. Read on for highlights of the fall theater season. • • • The National Theatre 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,...

H Street NE Neighborhood - Atlas Performing Arts Center & H Street Country Club - 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
12 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Summer Restaurant Week – Final Weekend Enjoy the District’s best eats with the summer edition of Restaurant Week, and make sure to read our full neighborhood breakdown . Foodies and deal hunters always swoon over the prix-fixe menus from a cast of DC’s best restaurants. Head over to the...

Washington Nationals fans cheering at baseball game - The best things to do this spring and summer in Washington, DC
40+ Things to Do This August in Washington, DC

Events Citi Open – Through Aug. 5 Rock Creek Park Tennis Center plays host to this DC summer sporting tradition, now in its 50th year. International tennis stars battle in front of thousands of fans during the week-long tournament. As always, the lineup features talent from all over the world,...

Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on the National Mall - Free summer concert 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