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Kennedy Center Prelude Festival

Performing Arts Festival


The annual Kennedy Center Prelude Festival celebrates a new season of performing arts in Washington, DC. Participants enjoy a wide variety of performances from from Washington, DC artists such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the KC Jazz Club, Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, Pete Geist, Visual Comedian, and much more. The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival gives participants a glimpse of Washington premieres in the upcoming theater season.

Dates: Throughout September
Times: Times vary
Location: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Many performances are FREE! No tickets required

Free Events at the Kennedy Center Prelude Festival

Labor Day Concert
Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 8 p.m. West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol. The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day concert.

Open House Arts Festival
September 11, 2010, 12–7 p.m. Free events for the whole family, though some may require free tickets. The Kennedy Center kicks off its 38th birthday with a celebration highlighting spectacle for the stage and street. Artists include L’Arsenal à Musique from Montreal, one of the leaders in the circus movement, American and French street performers, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra, Australia’s Polyglot Puppet Theatre’s interactive play event We Built This City, gospel artist Byron Cage, the popular Edwin Fontánez’s Washington Chalk Festival, Washington National Opera Young Artists, students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency, salsa band Bio Ritmo, the Striking Viking Story Pirates, afro-funk big band Chopteeth, and others.

Millennium Stage
Free performances every day!

For a full list of events, see the official website.

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