Wolf Trap Filene Center lawn

All performances

Does my baby need a ticket?

Yes. Everyone, including children of all ages, needs a ticket. Children under 2 are permitted for free to Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods.

My tickets are at will-call. When can I pick them up?

Patrons may pick up already-purchased tickets at the Wolf Trap box office during box office hours. A photo ID and confirmation number are needed to claim tickets.

Can I bring a camera?

The use of recording equipment and cameras (with or without flash) during performances is prohibited, except by authorized press and personnel.

I cannot attend a show that I am holding a ticket for—can I get a refund?

No refunds are given, but patrons may exchange their tickets for a future performance and pay the difference in cost (if any), plus an exchange fee of $5 per ticket with a maximum fee of $30. (Wolf Trap Foundation members are not subject to an exchange fee.) If the tickets being exchanged are of lesser value, the difference will not be refunded. Exchanges must be done in-person at the box office at least 24 hours prior to the performance date on the ticket.

Filene Center performances

What time do the gates open?

The gates to the lawn open 90 minutes prior to show time. Because lawn area seating is 'first come, first served,' patrons often line up at the gates prior to opening in order to get a good spot. Patrons with reserved (in-house) seating can access the house 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Can I see from the lawn?

That depends. Lawn seating is 'first come, first served.' The earlier you arrive, the better your view. For the most part, you can see well from the lawn and you can certainly hear—the lawn has its own separate sound system. But sight depends mainly on when you arrive.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Yes. Patrons can bring in food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy in picnic areas or on the lawn. Kegs are not permitted. Only bottled water is allowed in the covered seating area. Packages, bags, other containers are subject to inspection at any time. A wide variety of meals, snacks, and drinks are also available to purchase on the plaza—view menu.

NOTE for Filene Center Performances: Inspections and Size Limits

All coolers, packages, bags, and other containers will be inspected. All coolers must be 15" x 15" x 22" (48 quarts) or smaller. All other items must be 14" x 13" x 10" or smaller. Please allow extra time for inspections.

What is the smoking policy at Wolf Trap?

The Filene Center is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted outside the venue more than 25 feet from the gates. E-cigarettes are prohibited in the in-house covered seating area.

What happens if it rains?

All performances take place, rain or shine. If there are seats available in-house, lawn ticket holders can exchange their lawn seats for those in-house seats and pay the difference in price. If a show is sold out in-house, patrons should come prepared for the elements. There are no refunds, exchanges, or rain checks given to ticket holders due to inclement weather. The ushers will not permit lawn ticket holders to move under cover, unless they have upgraded their tickets at the box office.

I urgently need to contact a patron who is attending the performance. What number should I call?

Persons needing to urgently contact a patron attending a performance at the Filene Center may call the Ranger Station at 703.255.1800.

What is general admission seating?

A general admission ticket gains admittance to a performance with no designated seating. Patrons may sit wherever they wish, in-house or lawn, on a 'first come, first served' basis. (Seating on the lawn is always on a 'first come, first served' basis.)

General admission does not mean unlimited tickets are for sale—all performances have a maximum capacity and can sell out.

Can I bring a lawn chair to sit on?

Yes, but people with lawn chairs must sit at the back of the lawn area, behind the signs in place on the lawn. This includes legless beach chairs. Seat cushions with back support may be used anywhere on the lawn, and are available for rent from the gift shop on the plaza.

Are pets allowed at the Filene Center?

With the exception of service dogs assisting patrons with disabilities, pets are not permitted.

The Barns at Wolf Trap performances

What time do the doors open?

The bar at The Barns at Wolf Trap serves a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, desserts and a wide variety of beer, wine, and fine spirits starting 90 minutes prior to show time. The doors to the performance space open 30 minutes prior to show time.

What is general admission seating?

A General admission ticket gains admittance to a performance with no designated seating. Patrons may sit wherever they wish on a 'first come, first served' basis. For General Admission Dances, the chairs are cleared from the main floor to allow room for dancing. Seating remains in the upper balcony.

General admission does not mean unlimited tickets are for sale—all performances have a maximum capacity and can sell out.