Washington DC visitors are likely to find a performance of interest at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Numerous events are held daily at this grand facility, which contains several theaters, stages, concert halls and a main opera house.  It is located on the Potomac River at New Hampshire Ave. NW, accessible from the nearby Foggy Bottom MetroRail station.  Whether your interest is ballet, symphony, opera or jazz, you’re sure to find something appealing on the calendar during your visit.  Tickets typically range from $20 to $100, depending on the performance, time and seating choice.  Additionally, free performances are offered every day at 6 p.m. on the Millenium Stage.  The Kennedy Center is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera and the Suzzane Farrell Ballet which performs regularly throughout the year. And Shear Madness, a hilarious wodunit, that plays almost each nitght. Free guided tours of the facility are available during the day.

Washington also boast numerous exceptional home-grown professional theater companies, many with quite affordable prices and all boasting top-notch productions. You are really missing out on one of DC's local treasures if you don't try to catch a locally-produced show while you're here from classics and drama, to comedy to world and national premiers produced at Ford's, Woollly Mammoth, Studio Theatre, Gala HIspanic Theatre, Keegan Theatre and many, many more.

Two sites can assist you in your planning;  CultureCapital for theatre, dance and music at the nearly 200 venuesthroughout Metro DC and Theatre Washington performances being held throughout DC.  Theatre Washington  website has theatre listings.

Easily accessible by Metro is Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD hosting concerts, art exhibitions, afternoon tea and family festivals. The Music Center at Strathmore is home to an acoustically superb 1,976-seat concert hall that welcomes world-class artists for music and dance performances

Located right outside of Washington in Vienna, Virginia, is the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.  The Filene Center is the spring/summer venue, hosting a large variety of performances, incluing name actsfrom Tony Bennett to Riverdance to Disney's Beauty and the Beast and a hildren's theater festival.  A highlight of Wolftrap's Filene Center includes summer performances where guests can have a picnic on the lawn while listening to their favorite performer. The Barns isthe fall/winter venue, offering a variety of perromances in a more intimate space.

Off-Site Links:

  1. http://www.kennedy-center.org/
  2. http://culturecapital.com
  3. http://theatrewashington.org/
  4. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/
  5. http://www.woollymammoth.net/
  6. http://www.helenhayes.org/sub/wp.cfm
  7. http://www.studiotheatre.org/
  8. http://www.galatheatre.org/
  9. http://www.studiotheatre.org/
  10. http://www.strathmore.org/
  11. http://www.wolftrap.org/