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Free Events at the Kennedy Center

Experience world class art and performances with no cost for admission. See events for details on availability and reservations.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

The Jefferson High School Jazz Band 

Wed. Apr. 24, 2024 6p.m.

Under the direction of JP Lynch, this performance by the award-winning band from Shenandoah Junction, WV, is a preview for the May 2, 2024 Regional Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Festival in Winchester, VA. The performance will include hits such as “Take the A Train,” “In a Mellow Tone,” and others.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

It’s Your Mug 30th Anniversary Celebration

Thu. Apr. 25, 2024 6p.m.

From February 1994 to August 1996, the Tuesday night open mic at It’s Your Mug was a community event that had a lasting impact on Washington’s poetry scene that continues to impact American poetry. Celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary with original host and founder Toni Asante Lightfoot, and a group of Mug regulars.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Fri. Apr. 26, 2024 6p.m.

Members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra emerge from the orchestra pit and take their place on the Millennium Stage to share the rich and varied chamber music repertoire. Each musician plays a solo part and the interaction among them creates an astonishing range of sounds and emotions.

The REACH

Moonshot Studio

Open Sat. and Sun. 11am - 4:30pm

The Moonshot Studio at the REACH celebrates creativity and the artist in everyone through hands-on art-making. The recommended age is 5 years old and above. Stop by anytime from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on (most) Saturdays & Sundays to explore our projects.

Social Impact

Dance Sanctuaries: New Columbia Swing 

Sat. Apr. 27, 2024

Learn the partnered dance that was created in 1920s-1940s Harlem in response to the innovations in jazz brought to the world in ballrooms by musicians, composers, and band leaders like Duke Ellington.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Jazz Houston Orchestra

Sat. Apr. 27, 2024 6p.m.

Bring your dancing shoes and hit our dance floor with this special dance version of Millennium Stage, complete with swingin’ live music of Duke Ellington performed by the 15-piece Jazz Houston Orchestra, Vincent Gardner, Music Director. Honored guest in attendance, Mercedes Ellington.

Currently Sold Out

Millennium Stage Films

Extraordinary Cinema: On the Road with Duke Ellington

Sun. Apr. 28, 2024 3p.m.

Join us for a FREE film screening in the Justice Forum at the REACH. Filmed just six years before Duke Ellington’s death and at the peak of his career, On the Road with Duke Ellington serves as perhaps the most revealing an intimate portrait of the artist ever recorded. Featuring a post-screening panel with Duke Ellington’s granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, moderated by NEA Jazz Master and DC Jazz Festival Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.

Currently Sold Out

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

True Voice Award

Wed. May 1, 2024 6p.m.

Presented in recital, for the first time at the Kennedy Center, is Katherine Goforth: American vocalist and inaugural recipient of Washington National Opera’s True Voice Award for transgender and non-binary singers.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

NSO Youth Fellows

Thu. May 2, 2024 6p.m.

Students from the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program will perform chamber music on the Millennium Stage.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

National Symphony Orchestra

Fri. May 3, 2024 6p.m.

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play an assortment of chamber music.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Pokey LaFarge

Sat. May 4, 2024 6p.m.

Pokey LaFarge returns with In The Blossom of Their Shade, out now via New West Records. The collection is the follow up to LaFarge’s critically acclaimed 2020 studio LP Rock Bottom Rhapsody which NPR’s Fresh Air named a “Best of 2020” and an “Album that made an art of escapism.”

Millennium Stage Films

Extraordinary Cinema: Scream of My Blood: A Gogol Bordello Story

Sun. May 5, 2024 3p.m.

Join us for FREE film screenings in the Justice Forum at the REACH. Scream of My Blood: A Gogol Bordello Story is an intimate, career-spanning portrait of Ukrainian immigrant and punk legend Eugene Hütz. Featuring a post-show film Q&A with directors Nate Pommer and Eric Weinrib, producer Beverly Chase, and Eugene Hütz.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Mateusz Krzyżowski

Wed. May 8, 2024 6p.m.

Mateusz Krzyżowski is the winner of the International Competition for Young Pianists Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam (2021) and the International Piano Competition Ignacy Jan Paderewski (2022). In 2021, he reached the semi-finals of the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition. In 2024, Mateusz Krzyżowski returns to the USA with a second concert tour (the previous one took place in 2023).

On Sale Wed. Apr. 24, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Royal Wood

Thu. May 9, 2024 6p.m.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes (2010), Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft while maintaining a unique identity.

On Sale Wed. Apr. 24, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Mary Lou Williams: Next Jazz Legacy Festival, Day 1

Fri. May 10, 2024 6p.m.

Join us for the debut performance from the third cohort of the Next Jazz Legacy program, a national apprenticeship program for women and non-binary improvisers in jazz, and a program for a more inclusive jazz future.

On Sale Wed. Apr. 24, 2024 10a.m.

Social Impact

Dance Sanctuaries: Chitra.MOVES

Sat. May 11, 2024 10:30a.m.

Curated by Chitra.MOVES Dancing Identities: Finding Self, Sanctuary, and Freedom, is a day-long series of free classes that explore dance as an act of authentic self expression, confidence, character, and unapologetic self-care. Classes are taught by incredible DC-based artists who carry these themes in their movement and practice, and build powerful community in our city.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Mary Lou Williams: Next Jazz Legacy Festival, Day 2

Sat. May 11, 2024 6p.m.

Join us for a performance from the third cohort of the Next Jazz Legacy program, a national apprenticeship program for women and non-binary improvisers in jazz, and a program for a more inclusive jazz future.

On Sale Wed. Apr. 24, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage Films

Extraordinary Cinema: The Color Purple (2023)

Sun. May 12, 2024 3p.m.

Join us for a FREE film screening in the Justice Forum at the REACH. The Color Purple (2023) is a musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel. The film follows the lifelong struggles of an African American woman living in the South during the early 1900s.  

On Sale Wed. Apr. 24, 2024 10a.m.

Sound Health Network

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease

Mondays at 2:30 p.m.

Launched as a partnership between Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, this program offers internationally acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease in more than 250 communities and 24 countries. 

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Jewish American Heritage Concert

Wed. May 15, 2024 6p.m.

Join us in the heart of our Nation’s Capital to honor Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) with an electrifying concert featuring the rich tapestry of traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe, Turkey, Cuba, South America, the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula.

On Sale Wed. May 1, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Only Make Believe: Marvelous Mickey Circus Star!

Thu. May 16, 2024

Only Make Believe performs interactive and accessible theatre for children in hospitals, care facilities, and schools dedicated to serving children with disabilities. Now is your chance to experience a rare public performance! Step under the Big Top into the magical world of the circus.

On Sale Wed. May 1, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

DCPS Festival: Columbia Heights Educational Campus

Fri. May 17, 2024 6p.m.

The Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) Music Department is proud to showcase its comprehensive arts programming featuring performances by our middle school choir, flamenco ensemble, honors instrumental ensemble, high school orchestra, and jazz ensemble.

On Sale Wed. May 1, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

DCPS Festival: Kennedy Center Youth Council Presents In Search of Silence

Sat. May 18, 2024 6p.m.

Life can be loud and busy, come to Millennium Stage in search of finding the quiet for a much-needed break. Join the Kennedy Center Youth council in an eye-opening, breathtaking evening. Through spoken word, music, and dance, youth artists will present their talents in a way that silences the noise.

On Sale Wed. May 1, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage Films

Extraordinary Cinema: Champions

Sun. May 19, 2024 3p.m.

Join us for FREE film screenings in the Justice Forum at the REACH. Champions centers on a basketball team training and competing in the Special Olympics, under the guidance of an imperfect but dedicated coach Marcus.

On Sale Wed. May 1, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Beautiful Mongolia

Wed. May 22, 2024 6p.m.

The Mongolian children of the diaspora in America will present a remarkable concert showcasing traditional Mongolian culture. 30 students from the Anura Music studio will participate in the concert, alongside Mongolian dancers and traditional long song singers.

On Sale Wed. May 8, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Kristin Hersh

Thu. May 23, 2024 6p.m.

Over the last three decades, Kristin Hersh’s prolific career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. She returns with a new solo record Clear Pond Road released in September 2023. The album is a cinematic road trip; it’s a series of personal vignettes from a fiercely independent auteur, plush with layers of atonal, edgy-dreamy strings and mellotron.

On Sale Wed. May 8, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

DCPS Festival

School Without Walls

Fri. May 24, 2024 6p.m.

The formation of the School Without Walls Instrumental Music Department in the fall of 2007, the school’s first instrumental ensembles of any type in its over 70-year history, marked a new stepping stone in the pursuit of a better education. Along with being well-rounded in rigorous academic subjects, students in the instrumental music department now have the opportunity to learn what it is like to play in a band orchestra and various other ensembles.

On Sale Wed. May 8, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Ann Savoy’s Another Heart Band: Album Release Show

Sat. May 25, 2024 6p.m.

Ann Savoy comes to our nation’s capital to celebrate the release of her new album on Smithsonian Folkways, Another Heart. Joined by the album’s producer/musician Dirk Powell as well as other top Louisiana musicians, the concert will take you on a trip of Ann’s life on the east coast (Richmond, VA) in the 1970s as well as original songs and other favorites.

On Sale Wed. May 8, 2024 10a.m.

Social Impact

The Waldorf Hysteria

Sat. May 25, 2024 7p.m.

Join us at the Kennedy Center for a screening of Social Practice Resident Angelina Spicer’s comedy special, The Waldorf Hysteria. Featuring a post-screening panel with Angelina Spicer and other maternal health advocates.

Millennium Stage Films

Extraordinary Cinema: Past Lives

Sun. May 26, 2024 3p.m.

Join us for a FREE film screening in the Justice Forum at the REACH. Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, get separated after her family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they reunite in New York City for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and life choices.

On Sale Wed. May 8, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Combo Daguerre

Wed. May 29, 2024 6p.m.

After dealing in mostly Latin tropical styles for over a decade, with the psychedelic cumbia of his band Chicha Libre in particular, Brooklyn–based Olivier Conan now leads Combo Daguerre, a group that performs original French tunes with a psychedelic edge and a mostly Latin crew.

On Sale Wed. May 15, 2024 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

NSO Youth Fellows Final Senior Recital

Thu. May 30, 2024 6p.m.

Join in an evening of performances by graduating seniors of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program as they take the stage performing a wide range of solo and chamber pieces.

On Sale Wed. May 15, 2024 10a.m.

National Symphony Orchestra

Sound Health Friday

Select Fridays at 10 a.m

Join us for Sound Health Fridays at The REACH for activities prior to 11:30 a.m. NSO coffee concerts. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. and purchase coffee at the Hyannis Port Coffee Bar, and wander the REACH. At 10 a.m., participate in a Morning Sing, attend a health-inspired talk and performance, or join a wellness-inspired workshop.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

National Symphony Orchestra

Fri. May 31, 2024 6p.m.

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play an assortment of chamber music.

On Sale Wed. May 15, 2024 10a.m.

An Immersive Exhibit

free admission 10 a.m. to midnight

Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy is a major permanent exhibit in the massive roof-level Atrium that explores Kennedy’s appreciation and promotion of the arts and why the Kennedy Center came to be the living memorial to him and his ideals.

New Exhibit Honors JFK and the Arts

An Immersive Exhibit

free admission 10 a.m. to midnight

Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy is a major permanent exhibit in the massive roof-level Atrium that explores Kennedy’s appreciation and promotion of the arts and why the Kennedy Center came to be the living memorial to him and his ideals.

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