Theater & Performing Arts

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

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
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
12 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Atlas Intersections Festival Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE hosts the Intersections Festival annually, masterfully combining theatre, dance, poetry, music, film, writing, sculpture, photography and arts of all kinds into weeks’ worth of intellectual excitement. New this year: a...

@wwwchris - Concert at The Anthem on the Southwest Waterfront - Events at The Wharf 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
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
50+ Things to Do This February in Washington, DC

Events Washington Auto Show – Through Feb. 4 One of the nation’s largest auto shows calls DC home, and the 2018 edition is quite the spectacle. Through Feb. 4, car lovers can be dazzled by over 600 new makes and models from more than 35 manufacturers, a fascinating ART-of-Motion exhibition , VIP...

@namesmusic - Concert at Rock and Roll Hotel on H Street NE - Where to See a Show 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
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! • • • Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck – Ends Feb. 28 In honor...

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