AU and University Honors | Discount Tickets

United States Capitol Building

To encourage students to take advantage of the myriad cultural treasures that Washington, D.C., offers, each year the University Honors Program purchases groups of tickets to various community events and sells these tickets to Honors students, typically at a significantly reduced rate. Historically, Honors has purchased tickets to concerts, theater and ballet performances, sports games and other similar events. Honors sells these to students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Throughout the academic year, Honors students learn about these event ticket offers in several ways, including on the Honors website, Honors Facebook page, and through "Honors Community" e-mails.

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Other Discount/Free Tickets

Washington, D.C., is a culturally rich area. Below are some ways to take advantage of the many opportunities the city has to offer (without hurting your wallet!).

  • The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo. Admission is free for all Smithsonian museums and the zoo here in Washington, D.C.
  • The National Archives presents various events, as well as the opportunity to see the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. Admission to the National Archives is always free.
  • The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It hosts free events and exhibitions and is a wealth of resources for students.
  • The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is one of the newest editions to the Capitol Complex and is "designed to make the U.S. Capitol more accessible, convenient, secure, and informative for millions of visitors each year." Tickets are free but must be reserved through a special process described on their Web site.
  • The Kennedy Center ATTEND program offers discount tickets for ages 17-25 to see the opera, the ballet, the orchestra, and much more! To check out their current offers, click here!. Free performances are also offered everyday at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company offers $10 tickets for everyone under the age of 35.
  • The Folger Shakespeare Company offers a wide range of exhibitions, performances, lectures, and poetry readings at a discount of 20-25 percent for students.
  • The Woolly Mammoth Theatre offers $15 tickets for patrons under the age of 25 to any of its main stage productions.
  • and offer half-price ticket sales for events across the city.
  • The last Wednesday of every month is community night at The International Spy Museum. Follow the link and fill out the form to gain free admission to the museum and access to their permanent exhibitions from 4-8 p.m.
  • There are free and discounted events for students on campus at the Katzen Arts Center. It provides a wide range of exhibits and performances throughout the year.
  • For more ideas on reduced-price activities in the area, visit the Official Tourism Site of Washington, D.C.