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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, Concert Hall, and Other Great Outdoors
  • Kimberly W.
    "Lawn seats are great!"(10 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)
    CJ W.
    "wine and enjoy the concert under the stars."(4 Tips)
81 Tips and reviews
  • concerts
  • lawn seats
  • picnics
  • own food
  • wine
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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.
  • 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!
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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^)
  • 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.
  • Derek D.
    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!
  • Jeanne L.
    Jeanne LittleAugust 23
    Great venues, lots of different choices! Love #WolfTrap
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RhodesJune 8, 2014
    Get there early for a good seat on the lawn and save money and bring a picnic lunch
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The ushers are friendly and helpful, be kind to them.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RunyonAugust 18, 2013
    First trip. Ate the Buffett. Saw ABBA. GREAT TIME!!
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Elyse B.
    Elyse BaileyJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bartenders and concession stand workers are incredible.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Beth P.
    Beth PenningtonAugust 10, 2014
    The lawn is so worth it!!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Michael H.
    Amazing concert venue
  • Dmitri M.
    Dmitri MehlhornDecember 2, 2015
    Lawn seating. Amazing performers. Philanthropic opportunities.
  • Angelia A.
    Angelia A - PJuly 23, 2014
    Partying under the star next Lionel Richie.
  • 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!
  • Megan L.
    Megan LengelJuly 23, 2015
    Bring bug spray and a blanket!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The acoustics are tremendous.
  • Shelagh S.
    Shelagh SittersonAugust 13, 2013
    Ke$ha is great
  • Carter
    CarterAugust 9, 2014
    Great lineup of summer concerts
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