This is Washington's most prestigious theater, with a wide range of concerts, stage shows, plays, and more. It's also a prime example of modern architecture, with large, airy spaces, fountains, and sculpture. It's worth seeing even if nothing's going on at the time.
Dress Code: Depends upon the show.
This is one of the most historic theaters in the country. Opened in 1922, it has been restored to its original splendor. It's beautiful inside.
Over the years, this theater has hosted many of the greats of American music, such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holliday, and many others. And right next to it is Ben's Chili Bowl, perfect for a quick meal before or after the show. The restoration of this old theater is yet another sign of U Street's resurgence, after many years of sad decline.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
If you like to watch shows then the Kennedy center is the best place, it's located near GeaorgeTown and just a walk from the washington harbor, it's a big buliding that contains many theaters where shows are organized every day some of them are free( If I remeber well it's at 7.00 pm). There are also some restaurants and cafes on the 4th floor where you can also see en enjoy some nice views of the city.
If you're at all into the arts, check out what performances will be at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts when you're in town, because this place gets the cream of the artistic crop, from theatre to dance to music. It is the United State's national cultural center, and also a memorial to President John F. Kennedy.
One of my favorite memories of Washington D.C. is of seeing the great Rudolf Nureyev dance here. He was well past his prime at the time, but I was thrilled nevertheless. The center is right on the Potomac River, not far from the Lincoln Memorial.
Unfortunately for me, I took no pictures of this place. At least I thought to buy a postcard to remember it by.
Dress Code: Dress as nicely as you can.
"I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it"
- (Act II, Scene IV) - As You Like It-
This theater is a great place if you want to revel in the words and the imagination of Shakespeare. However, they also have other wonderful plays that you can enjoy in a night of theater.
In the summertime, they also sponsor what they call a "Free For All." They put on a play by Shakepeare at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre at 16th St. & Colorado Ave. NW. There is usually a good turnout and it is excellent.
PARKING: Provided by PMI (Parking Management, Inc,). It costs $6 after 5pm on weekdays and $6 for matinee and evening shows on weekends. Free parking on opening night. The garage is two blocks from the theater, located in the Market Square North building at the corner of 9th and D Streets NW. Enter via D Street. Please remember to show your ticket stub to get the discount or you will have to pay $15.
ADMISSION: Prices range from $23 - $68 depending on the day and time of the show. Checkout their website for further details.
Dress Code: Business casual or business dress is typical, however, there is no dress code. Cocktail dress is also pretty common. Pretty much anything goes...just show up to enjoy the show.
If you like the theater, there is nothing like a night of the symphony or opera at the Kennedy Center. Not only are the shows spectacular, but you can lose yourself in the depths of the Potomac as you gaze out onto its waters while standing on the top of the Kennedy Center rooftop.
The available programs are numerous. So whenever you are in town is a good time to catch a program. It is advisable to purchase your tickets ahead of time, especially for the really popular shows. The symphony usually sells out too. If you are a risk taker, you might attempt to get your tickets at the door, but be prepared to be disappointed.
Dress Code: I am not aware of any specific dress code, but I have always found it more fun and appropriate in the evening to dress more on the cocktail hour side. There are people who dress much more extravagently and I have run into the few renegades that will dress down in jeans.
Check out their website for showtimes and directions.
I've used this service on short notice and it's great -- check out what's available on the internet (in some cases you can reserve that way and pick up here) or just stop by (best idea for tourists) and see what's available while you're here! From Opera to theater to dance to special musical performances. Easily located at 7th and D Street, NW near the MCI Center. Business hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am to 6pm; Saturday, 10am to 5pm. TICKETplace is a service of The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington.
This local studio regularly hosts great performances of local and visiting talent. See their website for a performance schedule.
They also offer youth and adult dance classes and encourage drop in students.
Dress Code: Come as you are. Casual is fine.
Dance Place, which is easy walking distance from the Brookland Metro stop on the red line, has performances almost every single night. All type of dance including tap, hip-hop, modern, jazz, and ballet are performed at Dance Place. Tickets are available online or by phone.
Dress Code: Come as you are. Casual is fine.
The Kennedy Center is currently undergoing renovation to better connect it with the city. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located on the banks of the Potomac River at 2700 F Street NW (near New Hampshire Avenue.) Phone: 800-444-1324. The box office is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
The re carpeted lobby of the Center has a gigantic bus of John F. Kennedy. There are free guided tours of the center offered on weekdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Kennedy Center has six stages, two restaurants and several gift shops.
Dress Code: Here is a photo of the Kennedy Center taken from the Potomac side. the building next to it is the notorious Watergate Hotel.
The Kennedy Center
Wheither your idea of great entertainment is the opera, jazz, theater, ballet, symphany orchestra, or bluegrass, the Kennedy Center is a first class production!
National endowment for the arts sponsors some terrific productions.
You can't go wrong with the quality entertainment offered here - and its across the street from the Watergate, in case you want to see a bit of modern history while going out!
FREE PERFORMANCES ON THE MILLENIUM STAGE EVERY EVENING AT 6pm (see Millenium Stage )
Dress Code: depends on what you'rs seeing - dress up for opera, jeans ok for jazz or bluegrass!
Arena Stage is a theater in the round in the SW quadrant of the city. Their mission statement..'The core purpose of Arena Stage is to produce huge plays of all that is passionate, exuberant, deep and dangerous in the American spirit.'
These plays are always lively, and with the 'in the round' layout you feel as if you are part of the action. The cast is oftem made up of the local company but can also include a special artist such as this year's Jean Stapleton in 'Eleanor.'
Dress Code: Casual but tidy. Jeans are not usually worn but it is still not a really dressy place. Sweaters and slacks for both sexes seem to be kind of the norm.
The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage. The Kennedy Center stages free daily performances on its Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer. Featured on the Millennium Stage are a range of art forms, including performing artists and groups from all 50 states and an Artist-in-Residence program featuring artists performing several evenings in a month.
Nightly performances at 6pm which are FREE! You can enjoy the music and afterwards view the fantastic vistas of the Potomac River, the spires of Georgtown University and listen to the planes coming and going from National Airport. Yes, I know it is Reagan National Airport.
Dress Code: For this stage, the dress is casual, and the seating my be on the carpeted floors and steps, or on folding chairs.
Unable to do much with an 8 and 10 year old. Although we did find the Pentagon City Mall lower floor great for dining. It has 10 or more restaurants from Sushi to McDonalds, along with movie theatre. It avoided many wars and everyone got their choice and quickly served. The mall is open till 9:30pm daily, and there is beer vendor.