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Where:Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20566
Kennedy Center - Free Performances Every Day!

Free Performances Every Day, No Tickets Required

Performance Time: 6 p.m. Eastern, unless otherwise noted
  • Monday, April 30, 2012

    Be’la Dona The all-female D.C. band creates a hot go-go sound sure to keep its audience moving to the beat. Come back at 6:00 PM Eastern time to view today's live broadcast.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    DC Slam Team / Words, Beats, and Life Writer, director, and performer Holly Bass hosts an event celebrating the Kennedy Center’s “What's Going On…NOW” campaign, featuring members of the DC Slam Team, a group comprised of local spoken word artists, and Words, Beats, and Life, an organization that works to transform individual lives and communities through hip hop.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    “What’s Going On…NOW” Youth Showcase An evening of live and digital performances highlighting the poetry, video, photography, and music of young people from around the country engaged in “What's Going On…NOW,” the Kennedy Center’s first-ever digital youth arts and media campaign.
  • Thursday, May 3, 2012

    “What’s Going On…NOW” Youth Showcase An evening of live and digital performances highlighting the poetry, video, photography, and music of young people from around the country engaged in “What's Going On…NOW,” the Kennedy Center’s first-ever digital youth arts and media campaign.
  • Friday, May 4, 2012

    Opera Insight: Nabucco and Werther Enjoy a preview of musical highlights from Washington National Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Nabucco (D.C. Premiere) in addition to Massenet’s Werther, featuring members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
  • Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Target Family Night: Asian American Music Society Performances by Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, Japanese Taiko Club, Washington Korean Dance Company, Natyabhoomi School of India Dance, Wrhatnala Indonesia Music & Dance, and Sri Lanka Dance Group of Washington. Part of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
  • Sunday, May 6, 2012

    STREET TO STAGE: Happenstance Theater, Mucca Pazza Chicago-based circus-punk marching band Mucca Pazza brings its sweet sounds indoors, using trombones, marching drums, accordions, and more to get the audience moving. Happenstance Theater presents its blend of cabaret, mime, and slapstick comedy in a visual, poetic theater performance. Part of Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.
  • Monday, May 7, 2012

    STREET TO STAGE: Swami Yomahmi, Matt Pauli, Karen Beriss, Evan Young Swami Yomahmi, the Original Sideshow Geek, presents his unique combination of dangerous acts and physical comedy, while actor and comedian Matt Pauli will do some plate spinning, cigar box juggling, balancing, and even some banjo ukulele playing. Magician and comedian Karen Beriss will appear, as well as talented juggler Evan Young. Part of Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    STREET TO STAGE: Circo Para Todos Colombia's National Circus School Circo Para Todos (“Circus for All”) is coming to the Kennedy Center directly from Cali, Colombia. Circo Para Todos is the first professional circus school for vulnerable kids and displaced youth in the world. Their energy and talent has taken them to perform at some of the most important venues all over the world. Circo Para Todos performs in Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America under the auspices of the Embassy of Colombia.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    STREET TO STAGE: Yo-Yo People, Paolo Garbanzo Yo-Yo People, featuring husband and wife duo John Higby and Rebecca Loomis Higby, present a stage show featuring their finely-tuned acts such as blending yo-yos with hula hooping and unicycling. American juggler Paolo Garbanzo shows off his comedic talents and daring feats, which includes juggling flaming torches. Part of Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.
  • Thursday, May 10, 2012

    STREET TO STAGE: Midnight Circus Chicago’s Midnight Circus presents a dazzling stage show featuring the eclectic talents of its actors, acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists, dancers, singers, and more. By breaking down the barriers that separate individual art forms, these artists consistently create a unique style of live performance.
  • Friday, May 11, 2012

    Pianist Bormet is a 2010 alumnus of the Kennedy Center's Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency program and 2010 Howard University graduate. Part of the 17th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
  • Saturday, May 12, 2012

    A D.C. native, Dashiell is a jazz vocalist, 2010 alumnus of the Center's Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, and graduate of Howard University, where she was a member of the premier vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue. Part of the 17th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
  • Sunday, May 13, 2012

    VieTio / Entomo Thai violin trio VieTio performs, as well as dancers Elías Aguirre and Álvaro Esteban with their modern dance piece Entomo, which examines animal and insect movement. VieTio is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Thailand. Entomo is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain.
  • Monday, May 14, 2012

    Nathalie Pires The popular singer performs a program of traditional fado music. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Portugal.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    WPAS Feder String Competition Winners Students in grades 6 to 12 perform a program of classical works.
  • Thursday, May 17, 2012

    WPAS Capitol Jazz Project This music education program is a collaboration between WPAS, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and DC Public Schools.
  • Friday, May 18, 2012

    Citibank® Classical Night: NSO Prelude Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play a brass quintet by Philip Parker and Grant Cooper’s Octagons for Clarinet and String Quintet.
  • Saturday, May 19, 2012

    Joy of Motion Dance Center Youth Ensemble Students in this pre-collegiate program perform.
  • Sunday, May 20, 2012

    Par-Alleles The dance company presents The Three Wise Monkeys, a performance inspired by hip hop, capoeira, and acrobatics that explores human beings’ ability to see and analyze, to hear and interpret, to speak and transmit.
  • Monday, May 21, 2012

    Ellen Cherry The Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter and Strathmore Artist in Residence artfully displays her talents in folk, pop, jazz, and instrumental music.
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    DC Youth Orchestra Gifted students from the D.C. community perform a program of classical works.
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    WNO Season Preview Concert IN THE OPERA HOUSE Mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi, bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the WNO Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume offer a sampling from WNO’s upcoming 2012–2013 season.
  • Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Mary Alouette The Strathmore Artist-in-Residence and Maryland native is a gypsy jazz vocalist with a penchant for beautiful music and dangerous rhythm.
  • Friday, May 25, 2012

    Johnny Grave Listen Local First presents the Maryland-based guitarist and vocalist as he sings hill country blues.
  • Saturday, May 26, 2012

    Sonic Circuits The D.C. area promoter for experimental music presents a performance of works by American composer John Cage performed by D.C. area artists.
  • Sunday, May 27, 2012

    Nate Foley The Strathmore Artist-in-Residence is a soul guitarist adept at playing funk, blues, rock, soul, gospel, and, on occasion, jazz.
  • Monday, May 28, 2012

    Gottaswing The Memorial Day Swing Dance Party features dance lessons taught by instructors Tom Koerner and Debra Sternberg at 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    The NYU Verterans Writing Workshop The performance features readings of creative writings by participants in the initiative of the NYU Creative Writing Program. Selected writers include Eric Fair, Matt Gallagher, Matthew Mellina, Perry O’Brien, and Roy Scranton.
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    Vocal Arts Society Young Artist Competition Winners The recital features mezzo-sopranos Kate Jackman and Sarah Mesko accompanied on piano by Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds.
  • Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Tanya Ekanayaka The classically trained Sri Lankan pianist, composer, and improviser performs a recital of classical music. Contact our expert meeting planners today at (202) 797-2095 to book rooms for your group attending a Kennedy Center Performance or click here to submit an RFP.
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