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 three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap.
Education programs include a diverse array of arts classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program. See Photos of 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.
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
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, children's classes, master classes, meetings, and training sessions. The education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.
Getting to Wolf Trap
The park is located at 1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA. It is about 20 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. The Wolf Trap Express Bus travels from the West Falls Church Metro stop every 20 minutes starting two hours prior to show time.
Driving Directions From the Capital Beltway (I-495): Take exit 45A to Route 267 West (Dulles Toll Road) toward Dulles Airport, Exit on to State Route 676/Trap Rd., Turn Right toward Trap Rd. The Filene Center will be on the right.
Food and Drink
Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring their own food and drink, including alcoholic beverages. Wolf Trap’s OVATIONS restaurant includes an elaborate buffet as well as four gourmet picnic baskets which are available for pick up before the show. For details, visit www.wolftrap.org/dining. 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.
Summer 2016 Performance Highlights
- Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary with monumental acts including Paul Simon, Ray LaMontagne, American Ballet Theatre presenting Romeo and Juliet, and Bonnie Raitt
- Wolf Trap debuts include indie, folk-rock and soul artists: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Lord Huron, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lake Street Dive, Sufjan Stevens, Leon Bridges, and more
- Wolf Trap Foundation co-commissions world premiere production of The Firebird, a multi-arts experience set to Stravinsky’s score created by Janni Younge of South Africa’s acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra
- Legendary artists include Tony Bennett, “Queen of Bollywood” Asha Bhosle on her farewell tour, The Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
- Revisit the ‘80s and ‘90s with pop icons Cyndi Lauper and Boy George; Barenaked Ladies; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with Melissa Etheridge; Goo Goo Dolls; and the I Love the 90s tour featuring Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella
- Wolf Trap Opera season features a new production of Puccini’s La bohème at the Filene Center
- National Symphony Orchestra’s summer residency features pianist Yuja Wang; America the Beautiful, a concert honoring the National Parks; and several other programs
- Beloved radio personality Garrison Keillor makes final Wolf Trap appearances as host of A Prairie Home Companion
- Flight of the Conchords brings their raucous, highly anticipated reunion tour to Wolf Trap
- Classic rock and country acts include Kenny Rogers on his farewell tour, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, The Band Perry, Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, Chicago and Bryan Adams
- Musicals, dance, and film include Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime and the 20th Anniversary World Tour of Riverdance; the National Symphony Orchestra joins in a special 35th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark and DreamWorks Animation in Concert
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