Summer 2021 Policies and Guidelines | Wolf Trap
Filene Center Meadow

Summer 2021 Policies and Guidelines

Updated as of July 19, 2021

In preparation for the safe reopening of our venues and spaces, we will be updating this page regularly with the latest information for gathering together.

The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is our highest priority as we plan for the 2021 Summer Season, the 50th anniversary of the Filene Center inaugural season. We are working with state and local authorities, as well as the National Park Service, to ensure that we are in compliance with official policies as we develop COVID-19 protocols and procedures. CDC Guidelines


  • In accordance with public health guidelines, the Filene Center will operate at a reduced capacity with patrons seated in socially distanced groupings six feet apart referred to as “pods” for June and July performances.
  • The Filene Center will return to full capacity for August and September performances.


To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all Wolf Trap visitors and staff, National Park Service security staff will be inspecting all items entering and reentering the ticketed area. Please see the following new size limits of coolers, containers, and bags allowed within the venue. Wolf Trap patrons are permitted to bring food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Below is a list of prohibited items not allowed in the Filene Center.

NEW Size Guidelines for Coolers and Bags:

  • Allowable coolers size is no larger than 16”x 16” x 8”
  • Coolers with wheels are allowed as long as they do not exceed size limits.
  • Allowable bag size (including suitcases, duffel bags or backpacks) is no larger than 14”x 13” x 10”
  • No more than two items per person. Blankets, ground cloths, and purses are allowed and do not count toward the two item per person limit.

Security Inspections:

  • All containers and packages will be inspected. This includes coolers, baskets, carts, tote bags, purses, diaper bags and any and all other containers. The Park Service may also ask you to shake out your blanket or jacket.
  • Security screening and inspections will be done at all Filene Center entrances prior to scanning your tickets. Patrons will also be asked to walk through metal detectors.
  • Pre-screening will begin 15-30 minutes prior to the gates opening.
  • If you have no containers to inspect, or are only carrying a purse, fanny pack, or blanket, you may use the Express Gate. No packages other than a small purse not to exceed 4.5" x 6.5" for the Express Gate.

Prohibited Items include:

  • Weapons including but not limited to firearms, projectile weapons, ammunition, bladed, edged, or sharp tools or implements, club-like items and striking devices, explosives or combustible chemical compounds and mixtures, and disabling chemicals such as mace or pepper spray
  • Wagons and carts (coolers with wheels are allowed as long as they do not exceed size limits)
  • Candles, bug repellant burning coils, anything that has a fire or flame
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Grills
  • Beer kegs
  • Athletic equipment (e.g., balls and flying discs) and bicycles, scooters, or skates
  • Tents, canopies or umbrellas over six feet in diameter
  • Drones or other flying apparatus


  • Tickets are available via To purchase accessible seating, please call 703.255.1868. The Filene Center box office is open Monday - Friday: 10 AM to 4 PM and Saturday - Sunday: 4 PM to 9 PM (only on performance days).
  • Tickets for June and July shows will be sold in socially-distanced grouping “pods” of 2 to 8 tickets. Pods must be purchased in their entirety. If you cannot find a seating pod to accommodate your party, please call Wolf Trap's Patron Services at 703.255.1868 or email
  • Please familiarize yourself with the reduced capacity seating chart before beginning the ticket purchase process.
  • All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
  • For Children’s performances at the Filene Center: Each pod must include an adult, over the age of 18.
  • All tickets will be delivered digitally 48 hours in advance of the performance; no paper tickets will be issued for the 2021 Summer Season.
  • If you need assistance, please contact Wolf Trap Patron Services at or 703.255.1868.


  • All seating pods, including those on the Lawn, are reserved for June and July performances.
    Patrons will be able to use lawn chairs in all reserved lawn pods. Lawn chairs sizes cannot exceed:
  • Height from ground to seat level – 15” or less
  • Height from ground to top of back of seat – 36” or less
  • Lawn chairs and all other items (coolers, tables, blankets, etc.) must be kept within the boundaries line of the patron’s lawn pods.
  • Lawn chairs will be permitted in reserved Lawn pods from June 18-July 31, 2021. Beginning August 1, 2021, Lawn chairs are not permitted below the signs on the lawn seating area.
  • Should official government imposed capacity guidelines change, Wolf Trap Foundation reserves the right to reseat patrons.
  • If you need assistance, please contact Wolf Trap Patron Services at or 703.255.1868.


  • CDC guidance on mask wearing
  • EPA-approved disinfectants will be used to clean and sanitize bathrooms, concessions, gates, gathering areas, and other high touch surfaces on a regular basis.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Filene Center.


  • All sales are final. Performances, schedules, programs and artists are subject to change.
  • No refunds will be given unless a performance is cancelled in its entirety, with no replacement performance scheduled. Performances take place in all-weather, including rain or shine. Patrons should come prepared for the elements. In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, Wolf Trap Foundation will notify ticket buyers by email and post an alert on the homepage of
  • Most performances will run approximately 90-minutes in length with no opener and no intermission. Children’s performances at the Filene Center will run approximately 45-60 minutes in length.
  • Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management.
  • Patrons may bring their own food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy at picnic tables around the Park, and in their reserved lawn pods. All food, beverages, coolers, and other personal items shall be contained within the reserved lawn pod area.
  • Visitors with in-house seating may not take food to their seats, nor will the reserved lawn be available for food consumption. Visitors are welcome to purchase food inside the ticketed area, but must consume it on the Plaza or picnic table located to the left and right of the Filene Center, or outside the Filene Center gates.
  • Directions to the Filene Center may be found here. Parking is free, but limited.
  • The Wolf Trap Shuttle to and from the Metro will not be available in June and July.
  • Courtesy shuttle cart rides provided by NPS personnel will be limited to visitors with accessibility needs only.
  • All Wolf Trap venues are smoke-free facilities. Smoking, including E-cigarettes, are only permitted outside the venues more than 25-feet from the gates.
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