U Street Music Venues Parking Guide

The historic U Street neighborhood in Northwest Washington DC has been the center of the music and art scene for the city. From the emergence of jazz and artists such as Duke Ellington, the U Street corridor became an important cultural hub for the African American community. Currently, as a thriving residential and commercial neighborhood, it’s still very much the center of music, arts, entertainment, and culture for residents and visitors alike. The bustling neighborhood is home to a number of prominent music venues that we absolutely love at Parking Panda. We’ve come up a list of our favorite venues and a valuable parking guide for anytime you decide to enjoy a show from your favorite artists.

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Lincoln Theatre

The historic Lincoln Theatre was built in 1922 as a cultural center for the city. Located next to the equally historic Ben’s Chili Bowl, the Lincoln Theatre hosted major jazz artists, movies, and occasional boxing fights. After it’s restoration and reopening in 1994, it hosts a variety of events and performances from artists from around the world. For more information about the Lincoln Theatre’s upcoming schedule and information about the venue, please visit here.

Lincoln Theatre can be accessed by public transportation by using DC WMATA Metro or Metrobus. More information about transportation to the Lincoln Theatre can be found their website here. If you plan on driving to the theater, parking is limited and difficult in the U Street neighborhood, so you can reserve a space in advance with Parking Panda.

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U Street Music Hall

The DJ-owned and operated basement music venue opened in 2010. The award winning music venue and nightclub has a 500-person capacity with a state of the art sound system. The venue hosts a spectrum of artists and DJs from all around the country. For more information about U Street Music Hall’s upcoming schedule, please visit here.

Public transportation can be used to travel to the venue. If you plan on driving, U Street Music Hall has officially partnered with Parking Panda to allow customers to reserve parking in advance. Visit the Parking Panda's U Street Music Hall landing page and choose event you'll be going to and reserve your parking right from the page.

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9:30 Club

The 9:30 Club, named after its original address in Northwest Washington DC and opening time, opened its doors in 1980. The venue was home to the alternative music in DC and became famous for featuring hardcore punk bands including then-local bands Fugazi, Minor Threat, and more. The venue reopened after brief closing in 1996 in the U Street neighborhood and continues to host artists from around the country. Visit their website for more information about upcoming shows here

The 9:30 Club is within 2 blocks from the Green Line U Street Metro Station. The venue has a monitored lot that’s available for customers if you plan on driving. More information can be found here. If you want to use an alternative means to park, you can also reserve parking in advance at a garage within walking distance with Parking Panda.

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Black Cat

Located in the heart of the U Street Corridor, the Black Cat opened its doors in 1993 as a venue for independent music in DC. Since it’s opening, the Black Cat has become a premier venue for local and national artists. In 2001, the black Cat moved three doors south to a larger venue and can accommodate up to 900 people in both floors of the venue. To view the schedule of upcoming shows at the Black Cat, please visit here.

Black Cat is served by the Green/Yellow Line U Street Metro station and a number of Metrobuses. If you plan in driving to the Black Cat, we are proudly partnered with them to allow customers and patrons to reserve parking in advance.

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