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“Tourists should not miss the free Millenium Stage performances”

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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Ranked #28 of 457 things to do in Washington DC
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

As a family residing in the DC area for decades, we know that Washington was a backwater city until the opening of the Kennedy Center. Suddenly culture came to us in a dramatic and affordable way in a lovely setting on the Potomac River. We regularly attend operas, theater performances and concerts.

While visitors to Washington would not likely have The Kennedy Center on their list of places to visit, I strongly recommend that visitors -- Americans and foreignors alike -- finish their day here. Why? As many of the sites close by 5pm, every day at 6pm The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage hosts a free performace for an hour of a visiting group. I recall seeing the wonderful Norwegian Girls Choir performing there before we saw an Opera. The Girls Choir was free, and better than the expensive opera we saw!

If you visit for a performance at 6, be sure to see the famous statue of JFK and take a stroll outside on the veranda to look at the Potomac and Roosevelt Island. We always make a point of coming here in late October to see the island fall colors.

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

The Kennedy Center always some sort of show going on, so there is no excuse not to go. There is food available so if you get there early you can get a quick bite, and nothing runs terribly long, so you can make it a reasonable night.

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We were honored to be able to experience one of their free concerts. This place is huge and gorgeous. They hold many shows here all year such as Nutcracker, piano recitals, and concerts for the president. There are free shuttle services from the Metro station that will take you to the center back and forth.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

From its stunning views of the Potomac River to the grand foyer decorated with flags, the Kennedy Center is truly a beautiful building. Performance spaces vary from large to intimate, and visitors can see everything from cutting edge theater to ballet, symphony concerts, and musicals. There are even free shows offered.

A couple of tips: Consider eating elsewhere ahead of time. Not many appealing dining offerings are within walking distance of the theater, and concessions are expensive. Also, there is a shuttle from the Metro station, which will save the high parking fees in the garage.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

renee fleming hosted the American voices at the kennedy center, and the artists and the symphony did not disappoint. this was a wonderful way to see talent in a quick, fun venue.

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