In Washington DC, there is more than a few monuments that bring you back to the history of the great men and women that helped shaped the United States of America. Whether it be the Washington Monument, which stands as the tallest structure in the Nation’s Capital city or the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, iconic in more ways than one, or the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, which sits right off the National Mall. Each monument has a certain feel, it’s different in its own way, pointing back to a time in history. But there is one monument that is different than all the rest, one that is still alive, you may say, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is situated on the shores of the Potomac River, just down stream from the Georgetown neighborhood and located just a couple miles from our DC B&B near DuPont Circle. The Kennedy Center, which opened in September of 1971, is a memorial to President John F. Kennedy and a cultural center. The Center produces a wide array of performances encompassing the genres of theater, dance, ballet, and orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music, offers multi-media performances for adults and children, and is a nexus of arts education.
The Kennedy Center is the home to the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Opera, Washington Ballet and American Film Institute. Each year, approximately 2,000 performances are held annually for audiences totaling nearly two million people in all the shows, the Center also hosts television and radio broadcasts that are seen by 20 million more each year and is now currently in its 45th season.
You can even have a meal at Kennedy Center, before or after the show. Venues include the informal KC Cafe and the Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar, both having great views of sunsets and the Potomac River. The Roof Terrace Restaurant also offers a popular Sunday buffet brunch as well. Enjoy something every single night of the week, there is always something going on at the Kennedy Center. Check out their schedule of events and start planning your night out now!
The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F. St. NW, Washington, DC near the Foggy Bottom/George Washington Univ. Metro Station. From there it is a short walk via New Hampshire Ave. There is also a FREE Kennedy Center Shuttle that departs every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m.-Midnight Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-Midnight Saturdays, and noon-Midnight Sundays.