The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.

The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

2700 F Street

NW Washington, DC 20566

P. (202) 416-8835

W. The Kennedy Center for the Arts

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Free Guided Tours given by Friends of the Kennedy Center Tour Guides

A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the nation’s performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Tours of the Kennedy Center are offered daily, free of charge, and given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers.

School Performances – Complete List of Performances and Dates

Any Given Child 

Seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each child’s arts education, using an affordable model that combines the resources of the school district, local arts groups, and the Kennedy Center.

ArtsEdge

The Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts.

Changing Education Through the Arts (Professional Learning for Educators)

Professional Learning in the Arts for Teachers, School Administrators, and Teaching Artists.

Performing Arts Series 

The Performing Arts Series is an online arts-based resource of full-length programs and short video clips featuring world-renowned artists and companies in performances, demonstrations, and discussions.

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Programs for School Groups and Students

The Kennedy Center  Education Department Performances for School Groups

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.

To be added to our brochure mailing list or if you have questions, you can email us atkced@kennedy-center.org or call us at (202) 416-8835.

Performances for Young Audiences

Performances for Young Audiences

New worlds of excitement, education and entertainment with commissions, productions, and presentations from the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and programs of the National Symphony Orchestra, VSA, and Washington National Opera.

NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

NSO performances for Young Audiences include full orchestra Family Concerts and performances by small ensembles for ages 3 to teens. These NSO performances introduce classical music to children in an atmosphere of fun.

School Performances / Events

School Performances / Events

The Kennedy Center commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students and teachers.

Events for Students

Events for Students

Students in grades K-12 participate in performance/demonstrations, rehearsals, master classes, and discussions presented by the artists and companies performing at the Kennedy Center.

Opera Look-In

Opera Look-In and Student Dress Rehearsal

Students are introduced to opera through the Opera Look-In each season and can experience a full-length performance at the final Dress Rehearsals of Washington National Opera’s main stage productions.

NSO Instrument 'Petting Zoos'

NSO Instrument “Petting Zoos”

Hands-on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they will see professionally played on stage.

Summer Camp & Youth Group Sales

Kennedy Center Group Sales

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s premier destination for the arts – and for you and your group, we offer a wonderful opportunity to see, hear, and experience the world’s best theater, ballet, dance, symphony, chamber music, jazz, family entertainment, and more!

It’s never too early to contact the Group Sales office; group ticket requests can be made as soon as our upcoming season is announced each spring. Many of our performances sell out fast, so contact us now!

What Is A Group?

If you are composed of 20 or more members (or 15 for Shear Madness), then you are a group! Whether you are a group of seniors, students, professionals, or friends, the Group Sales office provides customized service to help you create a memory that will last long after the evening has ended.

Special Advantages for Groups

Groups benefit from special advantages when they book through the Group Sales office.

  • Through Group Sales, you are able to reserve tickets in advance of the general public without having to make full payment at the time of the reservation.
  • Groups save on most performances at the Kennedy Center.
  • As a group ticket holder, our Special Events office can assist you in organizing a special pre- or post-performance dinner or reception in one of the Kennedy Center’s beautiful event spaces.
  • lower handling fee is applied to group reservations than to individual tickets purchased by phone or Internet.
  • Your Group Sales Associate can ensure your group receives appropriate accessibility accommodations.

Trip Planning Information for Groups

Trip Planning Information Schools:

School Brochure | School Registration Form | Change in Registration Request Form

How to purchase Tickets

There are four ways to purchase tickets to Kennedy Center performances: online, at the box office, by phone through instant-charge, or by mail. Tickets for Kennedy Center performances usually go on sale about two months before the engagement begins. For more information about ticket sales call (202) 467-4600 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Please Note: All sales are final. All persons regardless of age must have a ticket for ticketed events. Please carefully consider whether a performance is appropriate for children before planning to attend with young people. Also, please be aware that children who are disruptive will not be allowed to remain in the theater. Be considerate of others in the audience and of your young person’s comfort.

Kennedy Center

P.O. Box 101510

Arlington, VA 22210

There is a service charge of $6.00 per mail order. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.

Family Trips and Programming

Free Guided Tours given by Friends of the Kennedy Center Tour Guides

A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the nation’s performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Tours of the Kennedy Center are offered daily, free of charge, and given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers.

Discover Our Programs

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s busiest performing arts center, hosting approximately 3,000 events each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million. Since 1971, we have been bringing the world to Washington with magnificent performances of music, dance, theater, and more. See what’s on stage and buy your tickets now!

  • Theater

    Tony Award–winning triumphs. American musical classics. Powerful, daring dramas. Thrilling new productions. They’re all here, from Broadway’s biggest blockbusters to spectacular revivals produced exclusively by the Kennedy Center.

  • National Symphony Orchestra

    Each season, the nation’s orchestra welcomes the world’s greatest guest artists to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, and offers many other exciting events and educational programs throughout D.C., the nation, and the world.

  • Millennium Stage

    Every day of the year at 6 p.m., the Kennedy Center hosts a free performance as part of its “Performing Arts for Everyone” initiative. No tickets are required, though seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Featuring local, national, and international talents, the Millennium Stage has been hailed as “a cultural institution within a cultural institution” by the Washington Post.

  • Ballet

    As the curtain of the Opera House rises, stories unfold, emotions are laid bare, and elegance is revealed through the grace and beauty of ballet. Every season, the Kennedy Center presents legendary companies from around the globe, including its very own acclaimed ensemble, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

  • Jazz

    From seasoned jazz veterans to the hottest up-and-comers, come to where jazz is just the way you like it—in venues ranging from the intimate Terrace Theater to the cabaret setting of the KC Jazz Club.

  • Contemporary Dance

    Welcome to the nexus of dance… where physical and mystical forces collide, power and poise come to a point, profound connections are made, bodies make impact, and gravity meets grace. The world’s most innovative dance companies and visionaries take you to the core of modern movement, with works of amazing athleticism and beauty.

  • Performances for Young Audiences

    The Kennedy Center is home to heartwarming and fun-filled performances for every age group and their families, from wide-eyed toddlers to young adults. Most events take place in the Family Theater, from Kennedy Center original world-premiere productions based on favorite children’s books, to music, dance, theater, storytelling, puppetry, and much more.

  • Fortas Chamber Music

    Get closer to your favorite artists in the Terrace Theater, Washington’s most intimate and acoustically ideal space for chamber music.

  • Festivals

    Our world-class festivals continue to explore exciting themes, from multicultural journeys to various genres of music. Annual events include the pre-season Prelude Festival and free daylong Open House Arts Festival, as well as the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and our winter holiday celebration. Past festivals have celebrated the arts of China, Japan, France, and Latin America; country music and the 1940s; international ballet and masters of African American choreography; Tchaikovsky and Beethoven; Tennessee Williams and Stephen Sondheim; and much more.

  • Etcetera

    Explore beyond the ordinary with music, dance, theater, and performance art with a cutting edge and international flair—spanning from the distant corners of the globe to the furthest reaches of the artist’s mind.

  • Banquets, Galas, and Awards

    Prestigious annual events such as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball, and many others are all held here at the Kennedy Center.

  • Explore the Arts™

    Want to go backstage? Learn to salsa? Speak with your favorite actor, ballerina, or conductor? Find out the difference between Beethoven and Bach? With Explore the Arts™, you can do all that and more with the Kennedy Center’s adult education series.

Student Programs and Internships

Ballet Class Series

Ballet Class Series

The Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series offers advanced high school ballet students the unique opportunity to participate in master classes with teachers from the national and internationally renowned ballet companies performing at the Kennedy Center.

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

Under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead is an international two-week jazz residency performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats.

Conservatory Project

Conservatory Project

The Conservatory Project creates an ongoing showcase for our nation’s exceptional young talent and introduces Washington audiences to young musicians destined to have important careers.

The DeVos Institute

The DeVos Institute

As one of the largest, busiest performing arts centers in the world, the Kennedy Center and its leadership have developed extensive expertise in strategic planning, artistic planning, board management, marketing, fundraising, and financial management.

Domingo - Cafritz Young Artist Program

Domingo – Cafritz Young Artist Program

This resident-training program offers artists on the verge of international careers a course of intensive training, study, career guidance, and performance opportunities in Washington, DC and beyond.

Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

This three-week summer residency offers intermediate to advanced-level ballet dancers, ages 14-18, an opportunity to study exclusively with one of the most important ballerinas of the 20th century, Suzanne Farrell.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

A national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.

NSO Youth Fellowship Program

NSO Youth Fellowship Program

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellowship Program is a full scholarship orchestral training program for talented young musicians in grades 9-12.

National Symphony Orchestra

NSO Young Associates’ Program

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is sponsoring its Young Associates’ Program for high school students in grades 11 and 12 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing a musical career.

NSO Young Soloists' Competition

NSO Young Soloists’ Competition

To perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra is every music student’s dream, and this is the prize of the NSO Young Soloists’ competition, High School Division, designed to encourage and foster the development of young performing artists in the Washington metropolitan area.

NSO Summer Music Institute

NSO Summer Music Institute

Every summer, approximately 70 students (ages 15-20) from all over the nation meet in Washington, D.C., to attend the National Trustees’ National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (SMI).

Opera Institute

Opera Institute

This three-week summer training program for talented high school singers and pianists features an intense and focused curriculum geared toward preparing students for college performance programs and beyond.

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

This award annually recognizes outstanding emerging young musicians living with disabilities, ages 14 to 25, from around the world and nurtures their pre-professional career experiences.

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

Students and young adults living with disabilities who have an interest in the arts, arts education, and arts administration are provided with hands-on experiential professional skill development opportunities.

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