Transportation & Parking
Due to extensive ongoing construction at the Waterfront area, patrons are strongly encouraged to allow extra time when traveling to Arena Stage. Street parking and travel times will be affected on an on-going basis as this large construction project transforms our Southwest neighborhood. Learn more
Getting to Arena Stage By Car1101 Sixth Street, SW
Take I-495 south into Virginia. Exit at the George Washington Memorial Parkway and follow the signs to Washington. Take I-395 North exit (14th Street Bridge). At the end of the bridge, take the right fork and exit Maine Avenue at the light. Arena Stage is three blocks ahead on the left.
From I-395 in Virginia
Take I-395 to Washington over the 14th Street Bridge. From this point, follow directions from Rockville (above).
Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295) south to Route 50 West. Route 50 becomes New York Avenue; take New York Avenue to I-395 South. Turn left; go through the tunnel and follow the signs to the 7th Street exit. At the light, turn left. At the third light, turn left onto Maine Avenue. Arena Stage is one block ahead on the left.
From Bethesda/Upper NW, DC
Take Massachusetts Avenue towards downtown around Sheridan Circle and Dupont Circle to 9th Street, NW. Turn right onto 9th Street. Follow 9th Street across Constitution Avenue and through the 9th Street Tunnel. Stay in the center lane in the tunnel and follow sign to Maine Avenue. Turn left at the light at Maine Avenue. Arena Stage is three blocks ahead on the left.
From Southern Maryland
Take Suitland Parkway towards Washington and cross the Frederick Douglass Bridge. After the bridge, merge to the far right lane to avoid the underpass and to get to the traffic light at M street. Turn left on M street. Arena Stage is approximately one half mile ahead on the right.
By Public Transportation
- The Waterfront station, on the Green line,
is located one block East of Arena Stage
at 4th and M Streets. Due to construction
in the area, the best access from
the Waterfront Metro Station to
Arena Stage is via M Street.
- Plan your trip on Metrorail
- Stops are located directly in front of the theater, and across from and slightly north of the theater entrance.
- Plan your trip on Metrobus
Arena Stage will gladly call taxis for patrons. Reservation forms can be found in the theater lobby and should be filled out before the performance. Service will depend on the response of the taxi company.
Mead Center Parking:The entrance to the parking garage is accessible from the northbound lane of Maine Avenue. Subscribers and single-ticket purchasers may purchase parking in advance by calling the Sales Office at 202-488-3300. The subscriber rate for parking is $16 per performance. Single ticket purchasers may reserve in advance for $19 per parking space. Advance reservations and rates discontinue 3 hours prior to curtain. Any parking available on the day of the performance will be sold at the garage on a first-come, first-served basis for $22. Handicapped parking may also be purchased in advance with a copy of a valid handicap parking tag. The garage is open from 10 a.m. until 1 hour after the end of the performance. Reserve here
For all performances discounted parking is available for $14 at 1101 Fourth Street, SW. Enter at 1101 Fourth Street, across from the Safeway.
The garage is a short walk around the corner to the Mead Center for American Theater at 1101 Sixth Street. The lot is available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event only, and payment will be collected at that time. Please visit the Visitors Services Desk as you exit the Mead Center to have your parking ticket validated if you entered the parking garage before 5:00 p.m. on a weekday. After 5:00 p.m. weekdays, or all day on weekends, you may now prepay for your parking at the ‘Pay Station’ in the garage for only $14.
New off-site parking option (recommended for weekday matinees): For all performances, parking is available at 25 M Street SW, just off South Capitol Street. Parking at this location costs $20 and includes a direct shuttle to Arena Stage. Shuttles run approximately every 10 minutes.
As a benefit of their support, some Arena Stage members have access to discounted (and complimentary at certain levels) onsite parking. For more information about the benefits of membership, visit arenastage.org/donate.
Street Parking: Street parking is scarce around Arena Stage due to the extensive construction nearby on the Wharf. Water Street is no longer an option for parking at all. Please allow yourself extra time if you plan to park on the streets. Please read signage carefully and observe parking restrictions. Arena Stage is not responsible for the condition of parking meters on neighborhood streets. Street parking is free on federal holidays.
Bus Parking is available in areas surrounding the Mead Center for American Theater. click here
Valet Parking Arena Stage offers valet service at no additional cost to our patrons with accessibility needs who have booked their parking in advance by contacting the Sales Office at 202-488-3300. Reservations for accessible parking discontinue 3 hours prior to curtain time. We also offer this service to all of our patrons based upon availability for $25 without advance booking. To take advantage of this service, simply pull up at the main entrance to Arena Stage on Sixth Street and a valet will assist you. Valet parking is available one hour before show time for all performances.