816 The Kennedy Center - Opera House Tips
The Kennedy Center is a very expensive venue for what they serve you. Eat and drink before you go!
Attended a show post Orlando Gay Club massacre. Security was in full force inside and outside the Kennedy Center. It may be a bit surprising to see neon-vested, gun-toting security personnel but I did feel really safe.
Limited seating inside the Center but on a nice-weather day, seating outside is gorgeous
The weather was warm outside, cooler indoors. I wore dress jacket during the show, the air is very cool in the theatre itself.
We had a very nice dinner at the KC cafe at the Kennedy Center before the show.
Don't count on getting a taxi cab afterwards. They were giving priority pick-up to Uber & private cars. I would recommend the Foggy Bottom shuttle & taking the Metro if you can.
Avoid the garage at the KenCen at all costs: a rip-off. At the very least, park at the garage next door for $12. If you can't take the Metro to GW (and then the free shuttle to the KenCen), you can try parking on the street NEAR the Metro and then jumping on the bus. And then you can get a bite to eat before (or after).
New York City Ballet: 2 Programs
Unless you are in excellent health, just go ahead and pay the $23 for parking in the Kennedy Center. Even the closest alternative at the Watergate is a long-ish walk, uphill, in the cold. If Metro is convenient for you and you are not in a rush, that, with the shuttle bus to the Kennedy Center, is the best option.
I don't mind paying for convenience so I just paid for parking at The Kennedy Center which was $20. I paid ahead online and saved $3 and had a guaranteed spot.
Matilda The Musical
Parking for $12 or under at Watergate or around the corner from the restaurant , or take Metro, if you don't mind the after rush hour longer wait for trains
The weather was Windy. I wore dress stocking and boots.
They only allow bottled water inside the theatre, so if you get a drink that isn't water at intermission, make sure you have time to drink it. Drinks and snacks are expensive, so if you can do without your pocketbook will be happier!
Parking is expensive, but is still the easiest way to get there.
The weather was perfect fall weather. I wore shirt & tie, wife wore a dress.
Washington National Opera: Carmen
You can park in the lot but bring $23 or take metro and Kennedy Center has a shuttle I believe
The weather was Sunny. I wore no iron top and pants and loafers but there was every type of dress style there.. cargo pants to tuxedo.
The weather was humid and hot.. I wore sleeveless dress from BR. This event is less formal than other KC events..