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
13 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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! ••• ‘Digging Up Dessa’ – Ends Feb. 18 The tale of Dessa is part of the...

@a_matos - Artwork at Smithsonian American Art Museum - Free Museum 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