Pre-Performance Discussions are offered on select evenings on the Farmhouse Lawn. These discussions offer insight and interpretation of the evening's performance. They begin 1 hour before the scheduled show time and end with plenty of time to reach your seat before the show starts.
The Old Farmhouse Lawn is located to the left of the main gate/Box Office area for the Filene Center. Chairs are provided, or you may bring a blanket and enjoy your picnic during the presentation. For additional information, visit the National Park Service website, email the National Park Service, or call 703.255.1824.
Summer 2019 Pre-Performance Discussions
Wednesday, June 12 at 7 PM - Caracalla Dance Theatre
Alissar Caracalla, choreographer
Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 PM - American Ballet Theatre
Sunday, July 14 at 7 PM - Nas | NSO
*Location: Associates Deck
Moderator: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Jeriel Johnson – Executive Directory, DC Grammy Chapter
Simone Eccleston – Director of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music, Kennedy Center
Lawrence Cosby – Social Media Influencer/Comedian/Hip Hop focus
Paul Butler – Georgetown Attorney, Author and MSNBC commentator
Dr. James Brixton Peterson – Professor, Author, founder of Hip Hop Scholars Inc.
Friday, July 26 at 7 PM - Noseda Coducts Tchaikovsky & Beethoven | NSO
Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 PM - Disney Pixar’s Coco: In Concert Live to Film | NSO
Friday, August 2 at 7:30 PM - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert | NSO
Friday, August 9 at 7:15 PM - Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
Wednesday, August 14 at 7 PM - Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Stop by the chalkboard outside of the Filene Center’s gates to interact with the evening’s chalk art. Draw a picture, share your experience, and, of course, snap a selfie! It’s the perfect way to remember your experiences at your favorite shows! (It’s also a great spot for a selfie!)
Make sure you look for the free activities happening on the Plaza, located just past the Filene Center entrance gates. For select performances there are on-site radio stations, a free boomerang booth sponsored by PNC, artist signings, National Park Service representatives, and more. And keep an eye out for Wolf Trap's mascot Wolfie. He frequently makes appearances throughout the summer on the Plaza to take photos with patrons and give out high-fives.