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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts



Wolf Trap's Filene Center

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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts hosts a wide range of concerts including pop, country, folk and blues, orchestra, dance, opera. Wolf Trap holds performances and offers educational programs all year long in indoor and outdoor venues.

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Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Filene Center is a 7,000-seat concert pavilion that is ideal for summer concerts. The seating is under cover with open sides that look out onto the rolling hills of the park. Lawn seating provides an area where patrons can relax and enjoy picnics before and during the performance. In addition to concerts, the Filene Center is a venue for a variety of education programs, artist master classes, special events, and a Holiday Sing-A-Long.

The gates open one and a half hours before all performances. You are allowed to bring in your own food and drink and chairs are allowed on the lawn (though you will be asked to sit in the back, so you will not impair the view of other patrons). Lawn seats are first come first serve and performances are held rain or shine.

The Barns at Wolf Trap

Two 18th century barns serve as a unique venue for year-round indoor concerts with first class acoustics. The larger barn seats 284 people on the main level and 98 in the hayloft. The smaller barn serves as a reception area. The Barns at Wolf Trap is a fabulous place to enjoy jazz, bluegrass, chamber music, folk, comedy, cabaret, and country music. Attend a summer performance of the Wolf Trap Opera Company. The doors open 30 minutes before each performance. The Barns are also rented for meetings, conferences and private parties. See the performance schedule

Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods

Special family-friendly performances are held from late June through early August at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and plays are geared towards school aged children. Ticket prices range from $8 to $10 and children under two are free. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended since many performances sell out. National Park Service Park Rangers lead nature walks after most Theatre-in-the-Woods performances. See the performance schedule

Center for Education at Wolf Trap

In 2003, Wolf Trap opened a state-of-the art education facility to accommodate rehearsals, workshops, childrens classes, master classes, meetings, and training sessions.


1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, Virginia.
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is located about 20 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Wolf Trap Express Bus travels from the West Falls Church Metro stop every 20 minutes starting two hours prior to show time. See a map and directions.


Tickets for Wolf Trap's performances can be purchased via the Wolf Trap Box Office, by calling 1 (877) WOLFTRAP or online at www.wolftrap.org For an up-to-date schedule visit their website.

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New this summer, all coolers and bags, regardless of size, will be inspected before entering the Filene Center. Coolers must be 15" x 15" x 22" (48 quarts) or smaller. All other bags must be 14" x 13" x 10" or smaller. Wolf Trap patrons may bring in their own food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy in the picnic areas and on the lawn of the Filene Center.

Summer 2014 Performance Highlights

  • Highly anticipated Wolf Trap debuts by celebrated country artists The Band Perry and Jennifer Nettles; chart-topping pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles; pop-rock trailblazers The Fray; Comedy Central star Jim Gaffigan; and progressive dance-pop electronica stars Robyn + Röyksopp
  • Seattle-based indie rockers Band of Horses join the Face of America program in celebration of the Pacific Northwest
  • Recently reunited Nickel Creek brings its trademark progressive bluegrass in its first Wolf Trap appearance
  • Classical crossover soprano Sarah Brightman returns to Wolf Trap for the first time in 15 years
  • Ben Folds showcases his innovative piano concerto and rock ’n’ roll style alongside the National Symphony Orchestra, led by NSO Principal Pops conductor Steven Reineke
  • Family-friendly performances feature The Fresh Beat Band Live In Concert!, Cirque Dreams – Jungle Fantasy, and a full season of lively shows by award-winning artists at Children’s Theatre-in-the Woods
  • Returning Wolf Trap favorites Counting Crows, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson


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