Theater & Performing Arts

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

20+ Must-See Fall Plays, Musicals & More 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 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
16 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
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
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,...

Free Theater and Performing Arts Experiences in Washington, DC - Luce Unplugged at the Luce Foundation Center for American Art in DC
60+ Things to Do This September 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
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
13 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
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! • • • Citi Open – Ends Aug. 5 Rock Creek Park Tennis Center plays host...

@_dromomaniac - Summer evening on the National Mall - Public parks in Washington, DC
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