Originally built in 1970-71 of Douglas Fir, the Filene Center is a beautiful outdoor amphitheater designed to be in harmony with its national park setting.
The venue hosts more than 80 performances each summer, as well as two free annual celebrations—the Summer Blast Off! and the Holiday Sing-A-Long with the “President’s Own” US Marine Band.
Since the first performance in 1971, world-renowned artists from every genre have graced the Filene Center stage—many returning over and over again due to the extraordinary setting. A typical season includes a mix of legends and chart-toppers.
Ownership and operations
The Filene Center was founded by Catherine Filene Shouse. In 1966, Shouse donated her farmland, along with funds to build an outdoor venue, to the US government.
- Congress designated it Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. And to this day, it’s operated through a unique public/private partnership between the non-profit Wolf Trap Foundation and the National Park Service.
- The Filene Center is a covered amphitheater with open sides that look out onto the tall trees and rolling hills of the park.
- 7,028 seat venue offers gracious covered interior reserved seating and expansive general admission lawn seating.
Patrons can bring their own food and drinks, including alcohol, to enjoy picnics throughout the grounds including, the park’s beautiful meadow before the show.
- Those with lawn tickets can also picnic on the lawn before and during the performance.
- Performances are world-class, but the dress and atmosphere are casual.
- Wolf Trap offers a full restaurant, concessions, and many other hospitality options.
- There are several beautiful Pavilions and locations you can rent for pre-performance events and other occasions.