Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this where concerts are held?
Yes, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts hosts nearly 80-100 performances each summer at the Filene Center and about 34 shows for children at the Theatre-in-the-Woods. The Barns at Wolf Trap is not part of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

2. Can we bring lawn chairs to Filene Center performances?
Lawn chairs with legs (this includes the short legged beach/sand chairs) are allowed only in designated areas located on the top/back of the lawn seating area. Signs are posted to identify these areas. Chairs without legs/cushions and blankets are allowed on all areas of the lawn.

3. Can we bring alcoholic beverages, picnic baskets or coolers?
Filene Center Performances:
No food or drink is allowed in the covered seating area at the Filene Center at any time, with the exception of water.

Picnic baskets and coolers are allowed on the lawn at Filene Center performances. Alcoholic beverages, whether in bottles or cans (no kegs) are allowed on the lawn and plaza areas. There are recycling bins located in the park for responsible disposal of these products. Possession of alcoholic beverages by minors and furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors is illegal and will be prosecuted.

Theatre-in-the-Woods Performances: No food or drink is allowed in the theater, except for water. If you would like to have a picnic after the show, please keep picnic coolers closed and stored under the benches or outside the theater.

4. What if it rains?
Filene Center Performances:
All scheduled performances go on, rain or shine. There are no refunds due to inclement weather. Lawn tickets may be used towards the purchase of any available in-house seating through the box office.

Theatre-in-the-Woods Performances are canceled if it rains. The official call is made no later than one hour prior to the show. Call (703) 255-1824 or check the Alerts & Conditions section for updates the day of the shows.

5. Where is the Lost & Found?
Lost items are temporarily held at the Ranger Station, located at the Main Gate of the Filene Center. Please call (703) 255-1800 if you lost something.

6. When do the gates open?
Filene Center Performances:
The gates open 1 1/2 hours prior to the performance time and the pavilion seating area opens 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Theatre-in-the-Woods Performances: The theater opens at 10:00 am for the 10:30 am show.

7. Where can I get the NPS Passport stamp for Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts?
Our Passport stamp can be found in the Ranger Station at the Main Gate of the Filene Center.

8. Are pet allowed at performances?
With the exception of service animals assisting disabled patrons, pets are not permitted inside the Filene Center or the Theatre-in-the-Woods.

9. What number can I call after hours?
Please call (703) 255-1800

10. What is the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts?
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is the official partner to the National Park Service in providing concert and performance programming within the Park. As a nonprofit organization, Wolf Trap Foundation is dedicated to creating excellent performing arts experiences for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences.

In addition to the work at the park, Wolf Trap Foundation:

11. Can I use a taxi or ride share to attend a performance at Wolf Trap?
Starting three hours prior to Filene Center performances, drop offs and stopping in front of the Main Gate is not allowed. Those being dropped off for Filene Center performances, will do so at the specified area on the west side of Trap Road across from the Marquee. This includes all cars, taxis and other transportation services not remaining in the park. Use the Maps or the Getting Around sections to navigate inside the park.

Last updated: March 13, 2017

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1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182-1643


(703) 255-1800

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