Looking for something fun to do? Check out our comprehensive list of the ticketed events occurring at D.C.'s Kennedy Center in February.
The Kennedy Center, beautifully located on the shores of the Potomac River, is a maze of performance spaces. With resident productions, traveling productions, and one-night-only performances, there is never a dull moment at the Kennedy Center. Below is a comprehensive list of the performances and productions taking place at the Kennedy Center this month (that still have tickets available), so get them before they're sold out!
Shear Madness | Ongoing
Washington, D.C.'s premiere "whodunit" comical mystery production, Shear Madness, continues its impressive run. With more than 13,500 performances (making it the second longest-running show in American theatre history), the show continues, letting the audience solve the murder mystery every night. Each performance has a different ending, and thanks to the improvisational antics, no two performances are the same. Performances will continue to entertain at Theatre Lab.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre | February 4–9
Returning to the Kennedy Center, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is using this residency to revisit its previous show, Revelations. By mixing new with classic, Ailey works to continue to evolve its performances to capture the heart and soul of every performer and audience member. Performances will inspire in the Opera House.
Huff | February 6–8
This one-man show, written and performed by Cree actor Cliff Cardinal, Huff showcases the hardships of life on reservations. With Cardinal playing 16 characters, you can truly immerse yourself in the harsh realities of these lives. Part of the Kennedy Center's World Stages Series, performances will take place in the Family Theater.
National Symphony Orchestra: Dvořák's Cello Concerto | Thurs., February 6, Sun., February 9
Lovers of chamber music and the Romantic style will enjoy a night spent with the National Symphony Orchestra. Get swept away in the lulling melodies and harmonious swells of Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Edward Gardner will conduct, with Nicolas Altstadt making his debut. Performances will fill the air of the Concert Hall.
American Ballet Theatre: Giselle | February 11–16
American Ballet Theatre's (ABT) long-awaited return to the Opera House stage finally comes to an end. This time, ABT will perform the breathtaking Giselle, a story of unrequited love and compassion. Performances will dazzle in the Opera House.
Heroine: one female soldier's story | February 12–14
A one-woman show, written and performed by Mary Jane Wells, Heroine: one female soldier's story, tells the harrowing tale of an assault survivor working alongside her aggressor to lead her squad to safety. Showcasing the tumultuous world of the military system, Heroine hopes to breach topics of healing and forgiveness. Part of the Kennedy Center's World Stages Series, performances will take place in the Family Theater.
Bilal: Valentine's Day Residency | February 13–14
Grammy-award winning vocalist and artist Bilal returns to the Kennedy Center for a limited engagement. With his style drawing from gospel, jazz, soul, blues, and hip hop, he has something for everyone. His residency will be at the Studio K Lounge.
National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Broadway and Beyond with Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson | February 13–15
Actors Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson join on stage with the National Symphony Orchestra to bring many favorite Broadway songs to life. This high-energy, memorable performance will be a great way to spend Valentine's Day weekend. Performances will entertain at the Concert Hall.
The Clemency of Titus | February 13–15
Based upon Mozart's opera La Clemenza di Tito, this Cuban adaption comes to the Kennedy Center in full force as The Clemency of Titus. This vibrant production, showcasing the original storyline of Emperor Titus and his ruin, is presented in a new light. Part of the Kennedy Center's World Stages Series, performances will take place in the Eisenhower Theater.
National Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: Girl Power! | February 16
In a concert showcasing the work of female composers, GIrl Power! will fill the air and your hearts with power and creativity. Concerts will inspire at the Concert Hall.
Sasha Cooke and Julius Drake in Recital | February 17
Grammy award-winning vocalist Sasha Cooke and pianist Julius Drake team up for an unforgettable night showcasing their talents. With unique works to best highlight their ability, the intimate experience is sure to be a memorable one. The recital will take place in the Terrace Theater.
Paul Lewis & Steven Osbourne | February 18
Coming all the way from the U.K., Lewis & Osbourne will use their skills on the piano to play in a duet of some of France's most memorable pieces of music. The concert will take place in the Terrance Theater.
Trio Con Bio Copenhagen | February 19
Two overlapping duo pairs have merged together into a trio to create Trio Con Brio Copenhagen. With a violin, cello, and piano as their tools, the trio showcases the work of some of their favorite composers. The concert will take place in the Terrace Theater.
Washington Ballet: Balanchine + Ashton | February 19–23
The Washington Ballet and the Washington Ballet Orchestra present Balanchine + Ashton. This multi-stylistic repertoire of music, paired with the athletic dancing abilities of the Ballet, creates a lively and memorable night. The performances will delight at dazzle in the Eisenhower Theater.
Baby Wants Candy: Historical Hip Hop Edition | February 20
The improvisation troupe known as Baby Wants Candy will push their skills to the limit at the Kennedy Center. They will delight the audience as they create an improv hip hop masterpiece around the historic figure of the audience's choosing. The performances will entertain at The Club at Studio K.
Noseda conducts Mahler's Fifth and Schubert | February 20–22
Lovers of chamber music will delight in the National Symphony Orchestra's full program, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. The concerts will take place in the Concert Hall.
Culture Talk: Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity From the Lyrical Genius | February 22
Renowned hip-hop artist Rakim, writer Bakari Kitwana, and DJ Eric B will host a multi-functional event. A conversation tied with a book signing tied with a performance will prove just as informational as it will be entertaining. The program will take place in the Terrace Theater.
National Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Mash-Up | February 22–23
The National Symphony Orchestra presents a concert filled with some of Mozart's best works. The concert will take place in the Family Theater.
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Winter Concert: Beethoven | February 23
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players, a small ensemble of the top performers in the National Symphony Orchestra, will host their annual Winter Concert. This year, the concert will focus on some of the works of Beethoven. The concert will take place in the Terrace Theater.
Jonathan Swenson | February 25
The 22-year-old premiere cello player Jonathan Swenson dazzles audiences wherever he plays. And now, he'll grace the stage at the Kennedy Center with Beethoven, Stravinsky, and other works. The concert will be in the Terrace Theater.
Opera Lafayette: Beethoven's Leonore | February 26
Leonore, somewhat known as Beethoven's "rough draft" of Fidelio, is set to perform thanks to Opera Lafayette. The story centers around a woman who works to free her husband, who has been wrongfully imprisoned. This will be Opera Lafayette's largest production in their company's history to date. The performance will occur in the Eisenhower Theater.
Yao Yao | February 26–28
All the way from South Korea, Brush Theatre presents Yao Yao. This children's theater production is about a young girl who, in an effort to stop her father from going to work, unravels a magical new world. This multi-dimensional and interactive performance is suited for all ages. Performances will delight in the Family Theater.
Ekhodom and Mason Bates | February 27
This unique pairing with Ekhodom draws their inspiration from the synthesizes and digital music of the 1980s, predominantly of Russian influence. This otherworldly style is sure to be nostalgic to some, and new and exciting for others. The performance will occur in the Studio K Lounge.
Michael Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Ensemble | February 27
The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble will perform a variety of works, from Brahms to Mendelssohn, to showcase their beautiful talent. The concert will take place in the Terrace Theater.
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto | February 27–29
Akiko Suwanei, the youngest-ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, will join the National Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Noseda, this concerto is sure to delight its audience members. The concerts will take place in the Concert Hall.
Story District's Funnier Than Fiction | February 28
Storytelling meets stand-up comedy at Funnier Than Fiction. Let the masterful storytellers transport you into the worlds of these kooky and hilarious stories. The performances will take place in The Club at Studio K.
Jason Moran and The Bandwagon + Cassandra Wilson & Marvin Sewell | February 28
This unique, multi-billed concert focuses on the work of a group of musical friends. Some will perform with each other, some will take the stage on their own, but the jazz-based concert is sure to be a memorable evening. The concert will fill the air at the Eisenhower Theater.
Jason Palmer: Upward | February 29
This multi-media concert, Upward, was inspired by those mothers who lost their children to gun violence. With heart-wrenching music tied to personal testimonials, this concert is a true expression of the human condition. You can experience it at The Club at Studio K.
Pan American Symphony Orchestra: Bossa Nova and Beyond | February 29
As Carnival season starts to heat up in the Caribbean and Latin America, the musical stylings of the region will grace the stage at Bossa Nova and Beyond. Focusing on the rhythmic melodies of Brazil, this concert just might have you dancing in the aisles. The concert will fill the air at the Terrace Theater.
Renée Fleming VOICES: Norm Lewis | February 29
Tony award-nominated Norm Lewis will grace the air at the Kennedy Center with his stunning voice. The Renée Fleming VOICES concerts bring talented vocalists to the Kennedy Center, and Norm Lewis will be performing at the Eisenhower Theater.
Washington National Opera: Don Giovanni | February 29–March 22
The Washington National Opera presents the world-famous Don Giovanni. Often considered to be one of the best operas ever written, Mozart's Don Giovanni focuses on the life of a womanizing man and how, eventually, his behaviors come back to haunt him. The show will run through most of March, commanding the stage at the Opera House.
Another wonderful option at the Kennedy Center is the Millennium Stage. Located in the Kennedy Center's foyer, the Millennium Stage hosts free performances every day, ranging from stand-up comedy to dance to concerts. These performances start at 6 p.m. and are first-come, first-serve, so arrive early to make sure you get a seat!