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Encompassing more than 53 ha (130 acres), Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts features amphitheaters that host musicals, dance, opera, and jazz performances. More than half of the area is undeveloped, with woodlands, wetlands, streams, and wildlife. Join a performance at the indoor/outdoor theater, which can host 7,000 guests across its seats and lawns. Visit a 382-seat venue in an 18th-century barn or a children's theater in the woods. You can also search for deer, foxes, groundhogs, and raccoons, and observe more than 120 species of birds. Be sure to dress comfortably, as most activities happen outdoors. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts by using our Vienna trip itinerary builder.
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Gift from the shouse family to the US Park Service. Large venue with star performances. You can sit closer or picnic on the hillside. In addition, the Barnes at Wolf Trap have performances with more n... more »
This venue is one of our go to places to see a concert. The atmosphere is casual and how wonderful that you can BYOB and bring your own snacks. A true local gem. more »
A group of friends and I gather at Wolf Trap at least once a summer for a concert. It's always a blast! Because the weather can be unpredictable, we always spring for tickets inside the Filene Center ... more »
Favorite venue. Bring all the food and drinks you want. Even alcohol! Non smoking venue (which is nice when no on breaks the rules) and lovely staff. They always have an eclectic run of shows event summer. Something for everyone. My favorite shows have been Ingrid Michaelson, and watching Star Trek! Movies at wolf trap are exceptional because the symphony plays the music live while the movie plays. Hard to decide if you want to focus on the movie or the orchestra.
I've seen a few shows at Wolf Trap over the years and have always had a fantastic experience all the way around. For starters, the Filene Center amphitheater itself is gorgeous. It blends in beautifully with the nature around it. The acoustics of the all-wood amphitheater are exquisite. Though I've only ever sat in the assigned seating, the lawn still looks enjoyable! Staff and security are always on top of things before, during, and after every show. The only recommendation I could make is to eat before going to an event at Wolf Trap as the food and drinks tend to be on the pricey side. All in all, Wolf Trap is a wonderful amphitheater and a pleasure to attend any event at!
Mitchell Waters III
Wolf Trap is one of our family's favorite local places for concerts. It's a (relatively) small venue, with the main stage designed as an amphitheater (ground, balcony and lawn seating). They host a variety of acts throughout the summer, with both free and paid concerts. The grounds are beautiful, with picnic areas outside of the gated area, and they allow food and drink on the lawn. Nothing except for water is allowed in the seating area, so don't plan on bringing anything to your seats. If you do plan to get lawn seats, you should be aware that the hill has a decent slope, and they don't allow chairs below a certain line (basically the upper lip of the amphitheater). You should also plan on getting to the grounds a bit early. Lawn space is first come, first serve, and popular concerts tend to fill the lawn quickly. Overall, it's a great venue, and the variety has been getting a lot better over the last few years. If you are a local, you should definitely give Wolf Trap a shot.
I have seen tons of shows here. I will definitely recommend the covered amphitheatre seating because buying tickets 2 months in advance makes planning for weather rather difficult. With that said, the lawn seating is a great spot for a night time picnic that you can bring your own alcohol to. Great shows for reasonable prices and a fun woodsy vibe.
This is an absolutely beautiful venue for an outdoor concert. We got lawn seats and you can bring any food and drink you want (see the wolf trap website for cooler size restrictions.) Excellent sound and video projections. There is only a small sliver at the top of the hill for full size lawn chairs but you can use the "stadium chairs" that basically have no legs, just the back support. We rented some from wolf trap for $10 and they were really nice. Also all the staff were amazingly friendly.and helpful. Definitely see a show here.
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