Lisner Auditorium

Map Location
730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

An anchor for arts and culture at the George Washington University (GW), Lisner Auditorium hosts world class events and brings well over 100,000 visitors a year to the Foggy Bottom Campus. Revered as a National & DC Historical Landmark, Lisner Auditorium opened its doors for public performances in the fall of 1946. Named in honor of Abram Lisner, a University trustee and philanthropist, the auditorium is renowned for its vast range of performances and events. Lisner Auditorium is uniquely suited to host high profile political and celebrity speakers, iconic musical artists from home and around the world and community events for GW and the greater area. Lisner Auditorium has, and continues to, serve a prominent place in the cultural life of Washington, D.C.



Lisner Auditorium is equipped with accessibility ramps and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. There is an accessibility ramp located to the left side of the entrance doors to Lisner Auditorium and should be used by anyone with a mobility aid device or those who cannot utilize stairs. Please speak with an usher or a house manager about additional accommodation in the venue’s ADA section.

Metro Access

Lisner Auditorium is Metro accessible via the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station on the Blue/Orange/Silver Lines (0.3 miles away) and the Farragut North Station on the Red Line (0.7 miles away). Information on Metro-operated parking lots, service updates, fares, and bus routes, are available from the Trip Planner on the Metro website or by calling (202) 637-7000, or TTY (202) 638-3780.

Additionally, the D.C. Circulator bus (Georgetown to Union Station Route) drops off at the intersection of K St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave. NW (0.3 miles away).


Metered street parking may be limited. Additional paid parking is available at the following locations near Lisner Auditorium:

  • Marvin Center Parking Garage (H St. between 21st Street and 22nd St.)
  • University Parking Garage (H St. between 22nd Street and 23rd St.)
  • G Street Garage (21st St. between F and G Streets)

Please check all garage hours to confirm their availability during performance hours. Washington Performing Arts is not responsible for issues within the garages, including changes to garage hours or parking rates. No neighborhood garages offer a discounted rate associated with this performance.

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Upcoming Performances at Lisner