Wolf Trap Filene Center
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Wolf Trap operates 3 venues—the Filene Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. All are in close proximity, but each venue does have a distinct location and address, as well as separate parking instructions and house rules. If you are planning on attending a Wolf Trap performance, please double check your tickets or the individual performance page on wolftrap.org to ensure you arrive at the correct time and location to enjoy your show!

If you have a question not answered here, please contact Wolf Trap
online, by email at wolftrap@wolftrap.org, or by phone at 703.255.1900. Your question will be answered as quickly as possible.

What time do the gates/doors open?
How do I get to Wolf Trap? Where do I park?
What happens if there is inclement weather?
What if I am going to be late to a performance?
What is the smoking policy at Wolf Trap?
Are pets allowed?
May I bring my own food and drinks?
Will my bag be inspected at the entrance?
How do I purchase tickets?
My tickets are at Will-Call. How do I pick them up?
I cannot attend a show that I am holding a ticket for—can I get a refund?
How can I get access to presales?
A performance says “Limited Availability” or “Sold Out.” How can I get tickets?
Does my child need a ticket?
Do you have accessible seating?
What is general admission seating?
Can I see from the Filene Center lawn?
May I bring a lawn chair to sit on at the Filene Center?
Can I meet the performers?
What time does the opening act go on? What time does the headliner go on?
May I bring a camera?
Help! Something is disrupting my concert experience!
What if I have a question not answered here?

Coming to a Show

What time do the gates/doors open?

Filene Center: Start times varies for each performance, but Park gates typically open 90 minutes prior to showtime (unless otherwise noted on a performance page), at which time all patrons are admitted into the Park and may select a spot on the lawn. Because lawn area seating is ‘first come, first served’ patrons often line up at the gates prior to opening in order to get their preferred spot. Patrons with reserved (in-house) seating can access their assigned seats when the house opens starting 30 minutes before the show. 

The Barns at Wolf Trap: The Barns’ lobby and bar, which serves appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, and a wide variety of beverages, opens 90 minutes prior to show-time. The doors to the theatre open 30 minutes before the show.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods: The general admission theatre opens at 10 am and performances start at 10:30 am.

How do I get to Wolf Trap? Where do I park?

Directions to all Wolf Trap venues may be found here. Please remember that Wolf Trap operates 3 venues within a ¼ mile of each other; check your particular performance ticket or wolftrap.org to ensure that you’re traveling to the correct venue.

Filene Center
: Parking is free, but we encourage you to carpool or to take the Wolf Trap Express Shuttle offering roundtrip service from the West Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line) for most summer performances.

The Barns at Wolf Trap
: Parking is free. Directions.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
: Parking is free. When you enter the Park (1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA), Park Rangers and signs will direct you to the correct parking location and give you directions on how to walk to the theatre from there.

What happens if there is inclement weather?

Filene Center: Wolf Trap is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances take place in all weather—rain or shine. In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, Wolf Trap Foundation will notify ticket buyers by email and post an alert on the homepage of wolftrap.org. If there are in-house seats available at the Filene Center, lawn ticket holders may exchange their lawn seats for 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.

The Barns at Wolf Trap
: Wolf Trap is committed to honoring its performance calendar. In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled at The Barns, Wolf Trap Foundation will notify ticket buyers by email and post an alert on the homepage of wolftrap.org.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
: Performances may sometimes be cancelled due to rain. A decision regarding a show cancellation will be made 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the show. Cancellation information will be posted on the homepage of wolftrap.org. You may also call the National Park Service at 703.255.1824.

What if I am going to be late to a performance?

Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management on site.

What is the smoking policy at Wolf Trap?

All Wolf Trap venues are smoke-free facilities. Smoking, including E-cigarettes, is only permitted outside the venues more than 25 feet from the gates or doors.

Are pets allowed?

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

May I bring my own food and drinks?

Filene Center: Yes! One of the more unique aspects of Wolf Trap is that we encourage patrons to bring their own food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy in picnic areas or on the Filene Center lawn. Please see cooler size limits. Kegs are not permitted. Only bottled water is allowed in the covered seating area. A wide variety of meals, snacks, and drinks are also available to purchase on the plaza (view menu) and at Wolf Trap’s on-site restaurant, OVATIONS.

The Barns at Wolf Trap
: Outside food and drinks are not permitted, but a full bar with light sandwiches and snacks opens 90 minutes before each performance. Food and drinks are allowed at your seat during the show. View menu.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
: Patrons are not permitted to eat or drink (with the exception of water) in the theatre. However, picnic tables are available throughout the meadow to enjoy a picnic before or after the show.

Will my bag be inspected at the entrance?

Filene Center: To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all Wolf Trap patrons, all coolers, packages, bags, and other containers will be inspected prior to entering the Filene Center. 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. Wolf Trap patrons are permitted and encouraged to bring in food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and picnic supplies.

The Barns at Wolf Trap and Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods: For safety reasons, Wolf Trap reserves the right to inspect bags and other items brought into the theatres.

Ticketing and Seating

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets for all Wolf Trap venues may be purchased online, in person at the Box Office (check Box Office hours), or by phone at 877.WOLFTRAP (877.965.3872).

Wolf Trap can only guarantee tickets purchased through Wolf Trap’s Box Office and through Wolf Trap’s sole authorized ticket online provider, Tickets.com. Patrons purchasing tickets through third-party ticket brokers, such as StubHub or individuals reselling their tickets, assume full risk for potentially fraudulent tickets purchased or obtained through unauthorized vendors.

Schedule, program, artists and price are subject to change. 

My tickets are at Will-Call. How do I pick them up?

Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road: Patrons may pick up already-purchased tickets at Will Call during Box Office hours. During daytime hours, short-term parking is available by the Filene Center Box Office. On performance nights, patrons may park as directed by a Ranger. A photo ID and confirmation number are needed to claim tickets.

The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road
: Patrons may pick up already-purchased tickets at Will Call located at Wolf Trap’s Box Office during Box Office hours. Ample parking is available at The Barns at Wolf Trap. A photo ID and confirmation number are needed to claim tickets. Note: Wolf Trap has 2 Box Office locations, which are open at different times throughout the year. Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods: Pre-purchased tickets left at Will Call may be picked up the morning of the performance at the kiosk in the meadow before the footbridge. Day of show tickets, if available, may be purchased at the kiosk with cash, check, or credit card.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
: Pre-purchased tickets left at Will Call may be picked up the morning of the performance at the kiosk in the meadow before the footbridge. Day of show tickets, if available, may be purchased at the kiosk with cash, check, or credit card.

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

While Wolf Trap does not refund ticket purchases, patrons do have the option to exchange their tickets for a future performance. Exchanges must be completed in-person at the Box Office at least 24 hours prior to the performance date on the ticket. The patron is asked to pay the difference in cost (if any), plus a $5 per ticket exchange fee to a maximum of $30. (Wolf Trap Foundation members are not subject to exchange fees.) If the tickets being exchanged are of lesser value, the difference will not be refunded. Resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.

How can I get access to presales?

Wolf Trap Foundation members (donors of $75 or more) are invited to purchase performance tickets in advance of the general public. In some instances, individual artists may also offer fan presales; please check artists’ websites for information about fan presales.

A performance says “Limited Availability” or “Sold Out.” How can I get tickets?

The quickest and most accurate way to check ticket availability is online at wolftrap.org. Click the Buy Tickets button on an individual performance page and select View Seat Map to check availability. Ticket availability is dynamic, as blocks of tickets are released and as patrons exchange and upgrade their tickets.

As a reminder, Wolf Trap and Tickets.com are the only authorized vendors of Wolf Trap tickets. We encourage patrons to purchase tickets early for best availability. Patrons purchasing tickets through third-party ticket brokers, such as StubHub or through an individual reselling their tickets, assume full risk for potentially fraudulent tickets purchased or obtained through unauthorized vendors.

Does my child need a ticket?

Filene Center and The Barns at Wolf Trap: Yes. Everyone, including children of all ages, needs a ticket.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods ONLY
: Yes. Children must be ticketed, which the exception of children under 2, who are permitted for free with a parent.

Do you have accessible seating?

Yes, the Filene Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods are accessible to patrons with disabilities. Learn more.

What is general admission seating?

Many Wolf Trap performances have assigned seats, but in some instances, venue tickets are sold as “general admission.” A general admission ticket gains admittance to a performance with no designated, or reserved, seating.

Filene Center
: Seating on the lawn at the Filene Center is always General Admission, and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Each season, one or two shows may be fully “General Admission,” which means patrons may sit wherever they wish, in-house or on the lawn, on a 'first come, first served' basis.

The Barns at Wolf Trap
: For General Admission shows at The Barns, the chairs are cleared from the main floor to allow room for dancing. Seating remains in the upper balcony, and is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
: All performances are general admission, with seating on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

On the Lawn

Can I see from the Filene Center lawn?

Yes, but lawn seating is ‘'first come, first served,’' so the earlier you arrive, the better your choice of views. For very popular and sold-out shows, patrons may not have space to spread out. For the most part, you can see well from the lawn and you can certainly hear—the lawn has its own separate sound system. Large video screens are used on the lawn for select performances featuring film and video. View the Filene Center seating chart.

May I bring a lawn chair to sit on at the Filene Center?

Yes, there is a section in the back of the lawn designated for patrons using lawn chairs. This includes legless beach chairs. Seat cushions with back support may be used anywhere on the lawn, and are available for rent at the Wolf Trap Gift Shop on the plaza.

During and After the Show

Can I meet the performers?

Unfortunately, Wolf Trap is not able to help audiences members meet performers. Artist meet-and-greets are organized at the discretion of the artist and the artist’s management. Because Wolf Trap does not represent the performers on its stages, we are unable to grant backstage access or otherwise facilitate patron access to artists or their management. Fans are encouraged to check artists’ websites and fan pages.

What time does the opening act go on? What time does the headliner go on?

To guarantee that you see the act you’re most looking forward to, we strongly recommend arriving by the performance time listed on your tickets. Because so much goes on behind-the-scenes in the immediate lead-up to a performance, it’s not possible to share precise times when an act will go on stage.

May I bring a camera?

At all Wolf Trap venues, patrons are welcome to bring a personal camera to take pictures pre-performance, but will likely need to store it during the performance. Personal photography (cell phone or point-and-shoot cameras) during the show is at the discretion of the artist. Most artists do not permit patrons to take photos during their shows. Please check with ushers to confirm the photo policy for a specific performance.

Professional cameras, audio and video recording are never permitted unless previously authorized by both Wolf Trap and artists’ personnel.

Help! Something is disrupting my concert experience!

We want everyone to have a great time when they come to Wolf Trap, and usually, they do! But we do understand that sometimes things happen that disrupt your concert experience. Wolf Trap’s ushers are trained to handle patron challenges, and they’re eager to help you have a great time. If you encounter any problem—with sound levels, other patrons’ behavior, seating issues, etc.—please notify the nearest usher. They will do all that they can to help.

What if I have a question not answered here?

If you have additional questions, please contact Wolf Trap online, by email at wolftrap@wolftrap.org, or by phone at 703.255.1900. Your question will be answered as quickly as possible.