Transportation and Parking
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1101 Sixth Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
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 $18 per performance. Ushers may also purchase parking in advance for the rate of $18. Accessibility parking may also be purchased in advance with a copy of a valid handicap parking tag. Advance reservations and rates discontinue three hours prior to curtain.
Single ticket purchasers may be reserved for $30 per parking space. Any parking available on the day of the performance will be sold at the garage on a first-come, first-served basis for $30 with the price subject to change pending availability.
The garage is open for theater patron parking beginning at 5:00pm for weeknight performances, 12:30pm for weekend matinee performances, and 10:30 am for weekday matinee performances. The garage will close one hour after the end of the performance. If you have pre- purchased parking at The Mead Center, please enter the garage from the street entrance. You will still need to take a ticket from the machine like you normally would. Once you have entered the garage, give the attendants your name, and they will know that you are prepaid and will take care of the rest. Please note, parking attendants may need to take your car keys when you park with us.
As a benefit of their support, some Arena Stage members have access to discounted (and complimentary at certain levels) onsite parking.
Arena Stage offers valet service located in front of our building starting 1 hour prior to the start of your performance. Patrons who have pre-reserved a parking space with accessibility need can use valet at no additional cost by contacting the sales office at 202-488-3300. Reservations for accessible parking discontinue three hours prior to curtain time. Valet parking is available one hour before show time for all performances. Please note that our garage space is limited and can only accommodate 60 cars, so we highly encourage those with accessibility need to book in advance.
Fourth Street Garage | West and East Garage
1101 Fourth Street SW (entrance across from CVS) - a three-minute walk. For all performances discounted parking is available through pre-reservation for $18 and on the day of performance parking will be sold at $17 beginning after 4:00pm and all day on weekends. The garage is a short 1 block walk around the corner to the Mead Center for American Theater. After 5 p.m. weekdays, or all day on weekends, you must pay for your parking at the ‘Pay Station’ in the garage upon exit (the discounted rate will automatically be applied). 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 p.m. on a weekday.
Advance reservation and payment is strongly recommended. Discount Pre-pay rate is exclusive for Arena Stage patrons. Plus it's quick and easy!
L’Enfant Plaza Parking
370 and 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW
L’Enfant Plaza provides ample parking (1,400 spaces), is just a few blocks from the Southwest Waterfront and less than one mile from Arena Stage. Learn more
Dine at Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi at the Wharf before or after the show and park for $27. Regular valet is $35. Learn more
Located just off Maine Avenue SW one block south from the Municipal Fish Market. Learn more
Street parking is very scarce around Arena Stage. Please allow yourself at least 1 hour if you plan to park on the streets. Please read signage carefully and observe parking restrictions. Arena Stage is not responsible for any tickets or towing that may occur as a result of street parking. Arena Stage is not responsible for the condition of parking meters on neighborhood streets.
Find and reserve parking online through Spot Hero. Learn more
Available in areas surrounding the Mead Center for American Theater. Cars may not park in Bus Parking spots. Learn more
The Waterfront station, on the Green line, is located one block east of Arena Stage at 4th and M Streets SW. Plan your trip on Metrorail
Bus stops are located directly in front of the theater as well as across from and slightly north of the theater entrance. Plan your trip on Metrobus
Arena Stage will gladly call taxis for patrons. Reservations can be made at Visitor Services upon your arrival. Service will depend on the response of the taxi company.
The Wharf offers a SW Neighborhood Shuttle that is free and open to the public. With daily service and 10-minute headways, it’s easy and convenient to take the Shuttle between The Wharf, L’Enfant Plaza Metro/VRE station (Seventh St. and Maryland Ave. SW), the National Mall (Seventh St. at Independence Ave. SW), and L’Enfant Plaza on Tenth St. SW (future home of the International Spy Museum). The Shuttle operates until 11:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday, until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Learn more about the Southwest Shuttle
If you’re checking out the region’s waterfront destinations — Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria, National Harbor/MGM and more — there is no better way to get there than by water taxi. Come to the Transit Pier to catch a ride or board one of many dining cruises for a unique experience as you explore the nation’s capital from the Potomac. The last Water Taxi departs The Wharf for Alexandria at 9:45 p.m. and for Georgetown at 9:50 p.m. Late service available after select Anthem concerts.
Learn more about the water taxi