Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts recently announced the 2023-24 Season at The Barns at Wolf Trap - check it out!
Every year, Wolf Trap National Park shows a large variety of performances that cover everything from folk and blues, orchestra and classical, pop, country, dance, theater, and even opera! So no matter what, there's a show for everyone. At Wolf Trap, you'll find spring and summer outdoor venues that include the Filene Center and the Wolf Trap Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, and an indoor venue for fall and winter performances called The Barns at Wolf Trap.
See who will grace the Wolf Trap stage this year: View concerts and buy tickets now!
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5 Fun Facts About Wolf Trap
1. Arts Meets Parks
Did you know that Wolf Trap is the ONLY National Park dedicated solely to the performing arts? The 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. Wolf Trap's majestic and beloved Filene Center provides the Washington, DC metropolitan area with a magical outdoor venue for world-class performances of every genre.
2. A Gift to the Nation
The late Catherine Filene Shouse founded Wolf Trap through a donation of 100 acres of her Vienna, Virginia farmland to the U.S. Government, as well as funds for the construction of a 6,800-seat indoor/outdoor theatre. (Learn more about Mrs. Shouse's extraordinary story here.) Operated in partnership with the National Park Service, the Filene Center houses over 90 performances annually from late May to early September, as well as a variety of education programs, artist masterclasses, special events, and a yearly Holiday Sing-A-Long for families and friends throughout the community.
3. Birth of The Barns
Made up of 2 adjacent 18th-century barns, The Barns is a gift from Wolf Trap's founder, Catherine Filene Shouse, and is also home to Wolf Trap Opera in the summer. Impressed by the acoustical quality of the wooden barn after attending a concert in one in Maine, she wanted to bring the same informal and acoustical setting to Wolf Trap. She commissioned Richard W. Babcock of Hancock, Massachusetts, a master craftsman, and barns historian, to identify 2 barns for relocation at Wolf Trap. He found the barns in upstate New York and restored and rebuilt them on their present site using only the 18th-century "block and tackle" methods, gin poles, ropes, and manpower. Both barns are made of hand-hewn beams and panels, and the exterior walls have been reversed to show more than 200 years of weathering. Check out more secrets of The Barns at Wolf Trap here.
4. Nationwide Education
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The Wolf Trap Foundation reaches 78K+ children, families, caregivers, and teachers nationwide through its acclaimed arts education programs. In addition, The Wolf Trap Opera company was founded in 1971 and has since emerged as one of the nation's premier residency programs for young singers.
Across the meadow from the Filene Center, literally tucked in the woods at Wolf Trap National Park, the Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods has been a summer tradition for generations of children and families. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational, and fun. All shows are about an hour long and are perfect for children ages 4 and up.
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Wolf Trap FAQs
Where is Wolf Trap located within the park?
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a larger area that includes the Wolf Trap venue. The park is situated on a 117-acre plot of land in Vienna, Virginia, which is approximately 25 miles west of Washington, D.C.
Does the Wolf Trap Venue have covered seating?
Yes, the Wolf Trap venue has covered seating options. The Filene Center, which is the main concert hall at Wolf Trap, offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor seating area is covered, providing protection from the elements during performances.
What is the seating like in the Wolf Trap concert hall?
The Filene Center at Wolf Trap provides a unique and intimate setting for performances. It features a combination of indoor seating under the roof and outdoor seating on the lawn. The indoor seating is typically in a theater-style arrangement with comfortable seats and good views of the stage. The outdoor lawn seating allows for a more relaxed, picnic-style experience, where patrons can bring their own blankets and chairs.
How do I access Wolf Trap parking?
Wolf Trap offers several parking options. There are on-site parking lots available for patrons attending performances at the Filene Center. However, parking can fill up quickly, especially for popular shows, so it's advisable to arrive early. Additionally, there might be a fee for parking, which is used to support the park's programs and maintenance.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets for performances at Wolf Trap can be purchased through various channels. You can visit the official Wolf Trap website to buy tickets online. Alternatively, you can also purchase tickets by phone or in person at the Wolf Trap Box Office. Additionally, tickets might be available through authorized ticketing partners or at the venue on the day of the show, subject to availability.
What does the Wolf Trap Foundation do?
The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization that operates and manages the performing arts center within Wolf Trap National Park. It is responsible for curating and presenting a diverse range of performing arts events, including concerts, theatrical performances, dance shows, and educational programs. The foundation's mission is to provide accessible and high-quality performing arts experiences for people of all ages while preserving the natural environment of the park.
What else can I do in Wolf Trap Park?
Aside from attending performances at the Wolf Trap venue, the national park itself offers various recreational opportunities and natural beauty. Visitors can explore the park's trails, have picnics, and enjoy outdoor activities. Wolf Trap National Park often hosts educational programs, workshops, and family-friendly events related to nature and wildlife appreciation. It's a great place to connect with nature and experience cultural events at the same time.