John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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Washington, District of Columbia - (202) 467-4600

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HuBison HuBison
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Great spot for locals and tourists to take in the arts May 17, 2010
Firstly, unless you are lazy or unable to physically walk a short distance, you can save some funds by parking across the street in an off-site lot for $10 (parking at the Kennedy center is usually $18). The Kennedy Center is an AMAZING venue for a variety of shows. You should check the website frequently for events. I bought tickets in May for a show in Spetember that I am really looking forward to attending. Buying the tickets in advance, I feel like I got the option of getting a great seat.

If you go in person to buy your tickets, get your parking ticket stamped and parking is free. Good to know if you go in person and you get to select exactly where you want to sit. For the most part, sitting on the first level is safe, most of the seats have great views! If you are in the outside seats, you might feel like your view is a little obstructed. The upper levels are hit-or-miss, depending on what your looking for.

The Kennedy Center has happy hour from 5-6 during the week and as previously mentioned, there are free performances every day! The view out of the back of the building is cool, especially when the weather is beautiful and the wind is blowing-ugh, great!

If parking will be a thorn in your side, the Center also has a free shuttle to and from the Foggy Bottom metro-so keep that in mind.
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Andy99 Andy99
623 reviews
Music and Theatre at the Kennedy Center Jun 07, 2009
The Kennedy Center is Washington, DC's, principal venue for large-scale music and theatre performances. Musicals, opera, symphonic and chamber music, ballet, dance and jazz can all be enjoyed here. In addition to its five performance spaces, the Kennedy Center also offers free performances by a variety of musical groups every day at the Millennium Stage. (The Millennium Stage is located at either end of the Grand Foyer.)

Performance spaces are the Concert Hall, Opera House, Eisenhower Theater, Terrace Theater, and Theater Lab. (The popular comedy Shear Madness has been playing at the black box Theater Lab for years.) Resident companies at the Kennedy Center are the National Symphony and the Washington National Opera. National and international touring ensembles and solo performers visit regularly.

Beautiful views of Washington and the Potomac River (best at night) can be seen from the outside Roof Terrace and the River Terrace

Tickets to performances can be popular and it is a good idea to reserve tickets online at the web site.

The performing arts center is also a memorial to John F. Kennedy, the 35th President. A bust of Kennedy, by sculptor Robert Berks, stands in the center of the Grand Foyer.
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River Terrace at the Kennedy Center
Grand Foyer at the Kennedy Center
JFK bust by Robert Berks
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williamsworld says:
I have only been here once and at that time it was closed, so I finally get to see inside.
Posted on: Jun 19, 2010

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