By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
This coming Memorial Day Monday, May 29, President John F. Kennedy would have turned 100 years old. To celebrate him, his namesake concert venue is opening its doors to the community for a completely free and full day of fun. The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, is hosting an open house this Saturday, May 27, with a wide variety of performances inside and out.
The event will feature live music, art, storytelling, and innovative dance and interactive movement. Guests can enjoy jam sessions, theatre, storytelling and hip-hop, DJs, skateboarders, street art, and more. Dozens of free activities and performances throughout the day (noon to 10 pm) include tributes to JFK and Memorial Day. The Kennedy Center Open House includes some shows oriented for children as well and there will be costumed characters, Mosby the Kennedy Center Cat and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Mouse.
Throughout the day there will be performances by BANDALOOP, pioneers of vertical dance. This one-of-a-kind group “turns the dance floor on its side.” BANDALOOP’s indoor/outdoor work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, and even in nature on cliffs.
The open house is part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy. It will include a special JKF art exhibition and a DC arts market.The full schedule of events is online. Additional information is available on the Kennedy Center Open House Facebook event page and will be shared on social media using the #KCOpenHouse tag.