Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA)

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INFO Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, known simply as Wolf Trap, is a performing arts center located on national park land near Vienna, Virginia. The area, formerly known as Wolf Trap Farm Park, was authorized... ... read more

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    Vienna, VA
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    1551 Trap Road
    Vienna, VA 22182

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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA) Schedule of Events

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2014 Wolf Trap Ball - Benefit / Charity Event | Party | Food & Drink Event | Special Event in Washington, DC.

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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA) Information

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA) - Concert Venue | Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, known simply as Wolf Trap, is a performing arts center located on national park land near Vienna, Virginia. The area, formerly known as Wolf Trap Farm Park, was authorized as the first national park for the performing arts in 1966.

The park features two main performance venues, the Filene Center and The Barns at Wolf Trap. With a 7,000-person capacity, the Filene Center hosts performances from May throughout early September, featuring artists from a wide range of musical genres. With both covered and lawn seating, the Filene Center is ideal for summer concerts. Past performers at the Filene Center include Aretha Franklin, Train, Bright Eyes, Counting Crows, Demi Lovato, and Dolly Parton.

In addition to concerts at the Filene Center, the venue also hosts a number of educational programs, special events, and artist master classes.

The Barns at Wolf Trap is the park’s smaller, indoor venue. Operating year-round, the 18th century barn seats almost 400 people and features a variety of events, including jazz concerts, cabaret shows, children’s concerts, and performances by the Wolf Trap Opera Company.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA) User Reviews

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A Perfect Symphony of Sound
Katie R. Apr 5, 2013
Wolf Trap is bar none the venue for music lovers. There is nowhere else in the DC area that you will experience such clarity of sound. Their Filene Center, open every summer, is an open-air arena built into a hill, and uses the natural acoustics of the area to help amplify the sound through the covered-seating area and out to the sloped lawn behind, meaning that no matter your price range, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Warm summer nights, with a hint of chill as the night descends around you, pre-made picnics available for purchase, and great artists on the stage, create the perfect evening experience at Wolf Trap. Here is where you’ll hear truly talented musicians at their best, even if they’re not always still on the top 40 charts. Chris Isaak and Mary Chapin Carpenter tend to stop by every year, but Train and even Demi Lovato will perform as well. If you’re a classical or musical lover, there’s always a few symphony experiences and musicals scheduled as well. It’s not always the youngest crowd; often filled with the 40-50’s wine enthusiasts, but the reasonable prices, the idyllic location, and unbelievable talent that come through each year are not to be missed.
An Upscale Picnic
Tina S. Feb 20, 2013
Wolf Trap has such a wide variety of events that your experience there will always change. Concerts here are best if you plan on picnicing on their lawn, because the actual seats don't have much of a concert feel to them. However, Wolf Trap also hosts numerous plays and shows throughout the year, which are great for families and children. Overall it's great if you're going for a relaxed and tame time, but nothing more exciting than that.
Plan a Picnic for your Summer Concert!
Lauren G. Jan 4, 2013
Wolf Trap is much like Merriweather Post Pavillion - very laid bad and fun for a summer night, although a little bit smaller. I saw the Counting Crows here and Adam Duritz's unique voice was still impeccably heard from the lawn. I brought blankets and a cooler full of drinks and food which really made the night all the more intimate. I could lay back with my friends and look at the stars in between acts while sipping on a drink or stand up during the acts and have a great time. The lawn is sloped so it makes it easier when you stand for you to not be directly blocked by someone's head. The lineups are pretty sporadic though - some bigger names like Counting Crows, Michelle Branch, or Parachute came when I went. I would say parking is horrible, like most concert venues. Expect to wait at least an hour in the parking lot if you stay until the end of the show. Overall, I've had fun nights. One of the performers even ran out to the sidewalk separating the lawn and the pavilion seats, which was awesome! I would say parking though is Wolf Trap's biggest downfall, the worst I've experienced in comparison to Merriweather, 1st Mariner, or Jiffy Lube (all outdoor concerts I went to). I saw there were shuttle buses to take you from the Metro for a $5 roundtrip but you just have to plan everything out meticulously if you want to go that route for transportation, seeing as it comes in 20 minute intervals and also runs no later than 11pm. The biggest plus was being able to pack your own food for your own intimate, picnic. I recommend trying this venue for sure for a great summer night!
Perfect on a warm summer night
Danny M. Aug 10, 2012
Wolf Trap is a very chill live music venue which is perfect on warm summer night. The fact that you can bring in your own food and drink (including alcohol) and just chill on the lawn makes for a very enjoyable experience. For an outdoor amphitheater it’s pretty small as well (holds about 7,000 people…much smaller than Merriweather and Jiffy Lube Live, the big outdoor venues in the DC area) which makes it the perfect spot for a chill performance with someone special to bop around with (or snuggle up next to). The lineups here are pretty good too… the occasional major act of the moment (although less in number given the size of the venue), stars a little past their prime (I saw Meat Loaf there a few years back), up and coming bands, and mid-level recognizable acts that never quite hit superstardom. The only issue I have is location…since it’s in Vienna just outside of DC, traffic during the week can be a big problem since you’re riding with the daily exodus from DC to the VA suburbs…trying to get to an 8:00 show on time can be a challenge. But overall this is a great venue and well worth a visit… I suggest bringing a blanket, a cooler with food and booze, and be ready enjoy a night of live music.
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