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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Filene Center)

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Filene Center)

Performing Arts Venue and Concert Hall
  • Kimberly W.
    "Lawn seats are great!"(11 Tips)
    DC After Five
    "U can bring your own food and wine!"(3 Tips)
    C. S.
    "Great place for a picnic while listening to music."(7 Tips)
    Audrey A.
    "wine and food"(4 Tips)
81 Tips and reviews
  • concerts
  • lawn seats
  • picnics
  • own food
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  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaJune 28, 2015
    LOVE!!! Went to go see Back to the Future with lawn tickets. As I'd never been there before, I was afraid we wouldn't be able to see the screen, but they had one outside as well. Great atmosphere!
  • ShannonRenee M.
    ShannonRenee Mouton GrayJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    EXCELLENT venue to see live performances. Bring a picnic lunch/dinner, including adult bevs, spread out your blanket and just chill. Well worth the drive from DC and MD for the experience.
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HickinbothamSeptember 9, 2013
    If you have lawn seats, get there as the gates open! Otherwise you will be sitting all the way in the back on the hill and it's very slopey! Was a great show nonetheless :)
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 23, 2015
    Half price discount for seniors and students half hour before show begins. If you opt for this, get something to eat beforehand, as you can't enter the concession area without a ticket!
  • Cortney B.
    Cortney BacaJuly 13, 2013
    Lawn seats are a much better deal. You can't even take a drink to the seat in covered seating. Having done both, I'll choose lawn every time. With byo sushi and beer. :-)
  • Angela
    AngelaAugust 20, 2013
    If you have lawn seats, get there early so you can claim a prime spot! It's a great area to picnic as well. Only issue is if it rains... then you're SOL.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HAugust 8, 2011
    Get there early if you've got lawn seats-the grassy area fills up quickly. Bring your own drinks & a blanket. Great accoustics at this venue. REALLY enjoyed seeing Alison Krauss here!
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeJuly 12, 2011
    A fantastic picturesque venue in Vienna, Va housing performances from pop artists to ballet to the National Symphony. Pack a blanket to stake out your own seat on the lawn, have a picnic!
  • Visit Fairfax
    Visit FairfaxSeptember 19, 2012
    Bring your own food & beverage to enjoy while you sit on the lawn of the Filene Center and enjoy any number of the fantastic performances they line up each summer.
  • jenrandall
    jenrandallJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wolf trap should provide a low-noise fan or cooling system for nights like tonight - when the heat index is 111. It's simply humane!
  • Ann Marie B.
    Ann Marie BMay 26, 2012
    Pavilion seats are nice, but with lawn seats, feel free to bring in food & drink. The acoustics are amazing. Have a great time!
  • TheConcertMan
    TheConcertManJuly 26, 2012
    This place is an awesome venue to see concerts! This is a pic that I took of Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. Visit for a show review.
  • Mary Lou W.
    Mary Lou WithemAugust 16, 2011
    Comte cheese, rosette de Lyon sausage, a baguette and a bottle of Herdade do Esporao Verdelho is all you need for a great evening at Wolf Trap with Chicago.
  • Stacy B.
    Stacy BrooksApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best outside venue in the DMV!!! Always get the lawn seats, bring your own food and drinks and have a party on the lawn!!
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HJuly 20, 2010
    Acoustics are incredible, at least in the pavilion, even sitting right in front of the stage! The lawn could hear Idina Menzel projecting with out a mic and she said she could hear the orchestra bette
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 31, 2012
    See a show at the most spectacular venue in the DC Metro area: a former country barn. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out
  • David K.
    David KennedyJune 7, 2014
    Love this place. We WILL be back. Great performamce, great atmosphere.
  • Kit M.
    Kit MJune 22, 2014
    Post show they let those nearest the Filene Center exit. The lot across the road has to wait. Pack extra snacks and drinks.
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeSeptember 9, 2011
    Abba: The Concert at Sunday 8pm Tickets are $38 for in-house and $25 for the lawn. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit Read more
  • C. S.
    C. SOctober 21, 2009
    Good outdoor venue. Get seats; you can always sit on the lawn if you like, and you have somewhere to go if it rains. Great place for a picnic while listening to music.
  • CJ W.
    CJ WallingtonAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pack some wine, some cheese, some more wine and enjoy the concert under the stars. 8^)
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJuly 23, 2015
    Beware the regulars who go to Wolf Trap for pretty much everything, regardless of whether they know the band. Many of them talk loudly throughout the show. Bad concert manners...
  • LetTeddyWin ..
    LetTeddyWin .comJune 15, 2010
    The pavillion is cavernous -- not a great place for a broadway-style show unless you've got great seats, especially not a matinee because you know, you can't turn down the house lights.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RunyonAugust 18, 2013
    First trip. Ate the Buffett. Saw ABBA. GREAT TIME!!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The ushers are friendly and helpful, be kind to them.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJuly 23, 2015
    If you sit on the lawn, don't expect to see much. They don't have any big screens like other amphitheaters so the musicians on stage look like ants.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrive early to reserve yourself a good lawn seat!! Don't forget your blanket, wine and food :)
  • Elyse B.
    Elyse BaileyJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bartenders and concession stand workers are incredible.
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RhodesJune 8, 2014
    Get there early for a good seat on the lawn and save money and bring a picnic lunch
  • Jeanne L.
    Jeanne LittleAugust 23, 2016
    Great venues, lots of different choices! Love #WolfTrap
  • InternsROCK!
    InternsROCK!May 23, 2011
    Are you interning in DC? Get a wristband from The Washington Center & get 10% discount to RAIN! See here for details:
  • Derek D.
    Derek DunhamJune 10, 2016
    Great show, but getting out of the parking lot was a nightmare! Over an hour to be able to move more than a couple feet!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LambertAugust 6, 2015
    The lawn is a perfect spot for any performance.
  • Nicole
    NicoleAugust 30, 2015
    Packed an awesome picnic and blanket. What an incredible venue for a cool, summer night.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 27, 2011
    In 1632 wolves were a problem at Wolf Trap (the name gives it away), but now it’s an arts centre founded by Catherine Shouse who befriended every president from Wilson to Clinton.
  • Al C.
    Al CarrollJune 13, 2015
    Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Temptations, Four Tops, and Santana all played here.
  • Shelagh S.
    Shelagh SittersonJuly 10, 2013
    Bring good booze. Because you can. You're welcome.
  • Shemika J.
    Shemika JamisonAugust 15, 2014
    We had a great time last night!
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Country, pop, folk, orchestra, dance, theatre, opera—you name it, and Wolf Trap’s got a show. - June issue 2012
  • Lauren J.
    Lauren JJune 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to pack a picnic! You can bring anything in but a keg.
  • Beth P.
    Beth PenningtonAugust 10, 2014
    The lawn is so worth it!!!!
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeJuly 30, 2011
    Dolly Parton is playing a Sunday night sold-out show. DC gay fans may have a tough choice with Britney playing the same night!
  • Shemika J.
    Shemika JamisonAugust 11, 2014
    I have an extra Eric Benet ticket at the Wolf Trap this Thursday at 8pm! Contact me if interested at
  • Angelia A.
    Angelia A - PJuly 23, 2014
    Partying under the star next Lionel Richie.
  • Dmitri M.
    Dmitri MehlhornDecember 2, 2015
    Lawn seating. Amazing performers. Philanthropic opportunities.
  • Robin G.
    Robin GardnerAugust 11
    Concerts, Lawn seats, BYOB
  • Michael H.
    Michael HilgendorfAugust 23, 2016
    Amazing concert venue
  • Christian K.
    Pack your favorite libation + a blanket. Save some cash and skip the over-priced concessions.
  • Shelagh S.
    Shelagh SittersonAugust 13, 2013
    Ke$ha is great
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The acoustics are tremendous.
  • Jack's Mannequin On Tour
    Come back and see Jack's Mannequin and Guster Live on August 15th, 2011. More info here:
  • Carter
    CarterAugust 9, 2014
    Great lineup of summer concerts
  • Kimberly W.
    Kimberly WarfieldJune 21, 2012
    Lawn seats are great! 1st time for me.
  • Katie P.
    Katie PAugust 15, 2013
    Awesome venue
  • Megan L.
    Megan LengelJuly 23, 2015
    Bring bug spray and a blanket!
  • Kristen H.
    Kristen HendricksJuly 28, 2012
    Leave your chairs at home and rent instead. There is a no chair policy.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KolcunJuly 7, 2013
    Loge front and center - Awesome!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MarroJune 18, 2013
    Elyse is amazing.
  • Ruby M.
    Ruby MagillSeptember 3, 2013
    Beautiful atmosphere
  • Chad B.
    Chad BrownJune 12, 2011
    Beware: food and drink are not allowed in the pavilion. Water is fine, though.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BisignanoJune 9, 2012
    Leave early gets packed
  • Angelia A.
    Angelia A - PJuly 23, 2014
    CeeLo & is fat self is partying.
  • Beth
    BethAugust 11, 2014
    Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw!
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveAugust 24, 2010
    U can bring your own food and wine!
  • Tim G.
    Tim GordonAugust 15, 2014
    Eric Benet and Boney James!
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeAugust 19, 2011
    Saturday and Sunday ONLY: Gipsy Kings
  • George V.
    George VSeptember 17, 2010
    Protect your space on the lawn. Any open spot is fair game.
  • Lori H.
    Lori HallMarch 13, 2011
    Time to get tickets for your favorite artists.
  • Jay W.
    Jay WilsonJuly 27, 2011
    Don't forget: there is no smoking... ANYTHING.
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeNovember 18, 2011
    Out singer/songwriter Catie Curtis plays Friday 8 p.m. with special guest Meg Hutchinson. Read more
  • Sharon P.
    Sharon PihonakJuly 31, 2010
    Children's Theater in the Woods is great!
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellJuly 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the lawn seats. Not worth chancing bad weather and dealing with the crazy regulars.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ComptonJuly 9, 2009
    Pack a cooler, rent a chair, and enjoy lawn seats for a summer show
  • Vanessa V.
    Vanessa VertizblancoAugust 5, 2013
    I loveeeee this place
  • Diane H.
    Diane HallerJuly 22, 2010
    Get a corporate sponsor and check out the Encore Circle.
  • Cheryl B.
    Cheryl BaumgardnerAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love Lyle
  • Nikhil D.
    Nikhil DewanJuly 15, 2010
    B52s almost on. Opening band sounded terrible. I thought the lady singer was having a coniption
  • joan s.
    joan stansfieldJanuary 27, 2010
    i run/walk to Wolf Trap almost daily! Read more
  • Mary D.
    Mary DurstSeptember 1, 2013
    It was disappointing.
  • Desiree T.
    Desiree TaboadaAugust 4, 2015
    Uno de los lugares que mas disfruto en Virginia en verano. Y la atención que tienen con las personas con discapacidad física es increíble. Aunque claro no puedo decir lo mismo de todos los asistentes.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Anna S.
    Anna SotnikovaSeptember 5, 2014
    Отличная концертная площадка! Первые ряды в боксах даже лучше партера. И значительно дешевле. Можно расположиться на траве рядом с партером, но в этом случае не будет видно сцену.
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