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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)

Sunny Jains Wild Wild East

Wed. Nov. 29, 2023

The career of Sunny Jain is a celebration of cultural diaspora: deep-rooted tradition that ripples outward, changing—and being changed by—the cultures that it touches. He is a composer, drummer, dhol player, and thought leader.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Rogê

Thu. Nov. 30, 2023

Rogê is a Latin Grammy®-nominated and Brazilian Music Awards-granted artist, songwriter, composer, and musician, considered to be a principal part of the Brazilian popular music scene revival (MPB).

Currently Sold Out

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Brian Lopez

Fri. Dec. 1, 2023

Singer/songwriter Brian Lopez has been influential in defining the desert noir sound of the American Southwest over the past two decades. His recently released fourth solo album TIDAL exudes the famed desert romantic’s sweet magnetism and characteristic Southwestern pop psychedelic tendencies.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

A Tribute to Renée Fleming 

Sat. Dec. 2, 2023

Please join the Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera in a very special performance honoring one of today’s greatest artists, Renée Fleming. The program will have selections highlighting both her spectacular career and her contribution to opera and beyond.

Sound Health

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)

The Bard & The Beat

Wed. Dec. 6, 2023

The Negro Classical Cultural Carnival and Shakespeare Theatre Company join forces to celebrate the beat that connects us all in an evening of music, dance, and theatre. Featuring Shuchi Buch, Voices Unbarred, Jae Anthonee, and many more! 

Disclaimer: Performance contains strong language.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Eight Nights of Klezmer

Thu. Dec. 7, 2023

Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn are the world’s favorite Klezmer Band (perhaps self-proclaimed). From Brooklyn, New York, this group has performed their high-energy, virtuosic, and schtick-filled brand of Jewish music to thrilled crowds all over the world.

National Symphony Orchestra

FREE! Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military: A Holiday Pops! with Norm Lewis

Thu. Dec. 7, 2023

Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military invites all current, retired, veteran, and prior service members and their families to a special FREE performance of the hottest holiday bash in town—A Holiday Pops! Get ready to sing along, laugh, and warm your spirit at our sparkling celebration as Broadway superstar Norm Lewis lights up the stage with holiday showstoppers, Broadway favorites, and more! Please note: you must present a valid military ID along with your reservation voucher(s) to attend.

Currently Sold Out

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

National Symphony Orchestra

Fri. Dec. 8, 2023

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

Social Impact

Dance Sanctuaries

Select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for free movement-based classes on select Saturdays in the REACH. Dancers are invited for three one hour structured classes & an optional Open House Hour. Free, pre-registration is highly recommended. 

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.

Moonshot Studio will be CLOSED on December 2nd, 3rd, 24th, and 31st.

Social Impact

Guzheng Storytelling Workshop

Sat. Dec. 9, 2023

Learn more about the Guzheng and Chinese American stories through this hands-on interactive workshop and live performance by the Alice Guzheng Ensemble.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

The Barefoot Movement Holiday

Sat. Dec. 9, 2023

The Barefoot Movement invites you to join them for their holiday celebration performance. You’ll hear acoustic renditions of everything from “Run Run Rudolph” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” to “O Holy Night” and more!

Millennium Stage Films

Extraordinary Cinema: Hip Hop Film: Wild Style

Sun. Dec. 10, 2023 3p.m.

Join us for a FREE screening of Wild Style. Widely celebrated as hip hop’s first motion picture, Wild Style tells the story of the subway graffiti writer Zoro, played by the legendary Lee Quinones, and his friend Phade, played by Fab 5 Freddy. They navigate a scene filled with artistic rivalries and a creative community that’s ambivalent about the interest it is attracting by the commercial art world.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Merry TUBACHRISTMAS!

Mon. Dec. 11, 2023

2023 is the 50th year of Merry TUBACHRISTMAS! events which are presented throughout the world. Since the first TUBACHRISTMAS, musicians of all ages have gathered annually to perform traditional Christmas music arranged by American composer Alec Wilder on the tuba and euphonium.

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Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Holiday Swingin’!

Wed. Dec. 13, 2023

Kat Edmonson and her band have recorded Christmas classics such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “Let It Snow.” The award-winning songwriter and her band will perform these yuletide favorites along with Kat’s originals for a magical holiday evening to remember.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

The Magic of Ukrainian Christmas

Thu. Dec. 14, 2023

The Magic of Ukrainian Christmas offers a rich sampling of Christmas and seasonal music from different regions of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Included will be Gerdan's original arrangements of traditional songs, carols and instrumental music.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

I will dance with those oak trees as long as

Fri. Dec. 15, 2023

Set in a carpet store at this time, I will dance with those oak trees as long as takes us on a poetic voyage into the life of three Kurdish women, inspired by the poetry of Kajal Ahmad and the characters Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and Ninsun from the world’s most ancient epic poem: Gilgamesh . Carpets, chairs, and strings create the environment in which two actresses interpret the three different women and how they react to a violent and unstable outside world.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Washington Musical Pathways Initiative

Sat. Dec. 16, 2023

The (WMPI) is a talent development program for dedicated student musicians in grades 8–12 from communities that have been historically excluded from classical music and want to pursue music study in college.

Millennium Stage Films

Extraordinary Cinema: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Sun. Dec. 17, 2023

Join us for a FREE film screening in the Justice Forum at the REACH. The Nightmare Before Christmas follows the misadventures of Jake Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who accidentally stumbles on Christmastown.

Currently Sold Out

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

DuPont Brass

Wed. Dec. 20, 2023

Join DuPont Brass for a special holiday concert as they celebrate their new holiday album A DuPont Holiday.

On Sale Wed. Dec. 6, 2023 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Beltway Brass Quintet

Thu. Dec. 21, 2023

The Beltway Brass Quintet is a project group led by Zachary Smith of the nationally acclaimed Dixie Power Trio. The members of the quintet reside in the Washington, D.C. area, and their repertoire is unusual in its emphasis on 20th century jazz harmonies and stylings.

On Sale Wed. Dec. 6, 2023 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Messiah Sing-Along

Sat. Dec. 23, 2023

Be part of Washington’s most popular free holiday event, the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. Back by popular demand, the evening concert features conductor Nancia DAlimonte as she leads members of the Washington National Opera Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 150, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971!

Currently Sold Out

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

All-Star Christmas EVE Jazz Jam

Sun. Dec. 24, 2023

Join in our annual All-Star Christmas Jazz Jam, with host and vibraphonist Chuck Redd, drummer Lenny Robinson, pianist Robert Redd, bassist James King, and and vocalist Ekep Nkwelle!

On Sale Wed. Dec. 6, 2023 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Encore Creativity for Older Adults

Tue. Dec. 26, 2023

Encore Creativity for Older Adults is the nation’s largest choral arts organization for adults 55 and over. Based in Maryland, Encore leads ensembles across the country, all conducted by seasoned professional artists.

On Sale Wed. Dec. 6, 2023 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Wed. Dec. 27, 2023

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.

On Sale Wed. Dec. 13, 2023 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Todd Barry: Half Joking Tour

Half jokes, half crowd work

Thu. Dec. 28, 2023

Comedian Todd Barry brings his Half Joking Tour to Millennium Stage, with support from fellow comedian Brittany Carney. Barry has released three one-hour stand-up specials, including Special Honey, his latest for Netflix.

On Sale Wed. Dec. 13, 2023 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

Nat Myers

Fri. Dec. 29, 2023

A poet with a staggering and true voice, Korean-American troubadour Nat Myers’ folksy blues and remarkable pickin’ are authentic, timeless, and enduring.

On Sale Wed. Dec. 13, 2023 10a.m.

Millennium Stage (In-Person and Livestream)

The Peace and Carol Ringers

Sat. Dec. 30, 2023

Under the direction of Tamara Freeman, the Peace and Carol Ringers will perform Songs of the Season. The program will include a variety of sacred and secular music performed on seven octaves of handbells, chimes, and an assortment of other percussion instruments.

On Sale Wed. Dec. 13, 2023 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. for coffee, 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.

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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