Take in a performance at the Kennedy Center. The performing arts complex – the busiest in the U.S. – is located right on the Potomac River and presents music, dance and theater shows throughout the year. Shows run the gamut of genres from ballet, chamber music, opera, comedy, dance, jazz and everything in between.
All entrances to the building, theaters, restaurants and gift shops are accessible and all locations have wheelchair and scooter-accessible locations.
Large print playbills are available at all performances. Braille playbills are available at all performances with the exception of dance. Both large print and braille may be obtained from the head usher or ticket taker.
Audio description is scheduled for select events. Using a single earpiece connected to an infrared headset, patrons who are blind or have low vision can listen to trained audio describers give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery and other visual elements of a performance.
Touch tours of the Kennedy Center are available upon request with two weeks' advance notice. To request a touch tour, email the Accessibility Office or call (202) 416-8727.
Assistive listening devices are installed in all theaters and headsets may be used at any seat. Headsets with induction neck loops are available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch. Headsets are distributed free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sign language interpretation is scheduled for select events. Contact the Instant-Charge Services Desk at (202) 416-8528 (voice) or (202) 416-8524 (TTY) to find out more and to purchase tickets in the sign-interpreted section.
The Kennedy Center also offers sign language interpretation upon request. Requests for sign language interpreters, cued speech transliterators or oral interpreters must be received at least two weeks before the event.
Find out more here.