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“Excellent place to see a concert” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182
703-255-1900
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Vienna
Type: Parks, National Parks
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Owner description: The only national park dedicated to the performing arts, with spaces for indoor and outdoor performances.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Excellent place to see a concert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We have been to two concerts here, the most recent was last night, and its really a great place to see a show. First, they let you bring your own food and drink into the venue. I highly suggest doing so, and having a picnic. There are plenty of places to set up other than the lawn. The lawn can get a bit crowded. We actually set up along the side of the grass parking lot and it was nice. Granted, the weather cooperated, but even so it would be a nice time. The venue itself is good. Both shows had great sound and seeing the stage wasn't a problem. I would definitely go here again.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Really Enjoy concerts at the Filne Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Living in Northern VA I try to make sure I go to Wolf Trap at least once a season for several reasons:

1) Small Venue, great sound! The giant wooden structure is built into the ground and the sound is great, whether you're in seats or in the lawn.

2) BYO Everything!! Its so nice that they allow you to bring a cooler in with food/beer/drinks/etc so you can actually have a picnic in the lawn while enjoying a show. You can't bring the cooler into the pavilion but several times I've just left my blanket/cooler in the lawn and it was there when I returned after the concert ended.

3) Friendly staff - most of the ushers and people working at Wolf Trap are friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the place.

The only downside is that it is a smaller venue so you're not going to get a really popular band to play there. If you can find some unknowns (like John Butler Trio - AWESOME band!!) or stars past their prime (like Steve Miller, Lionel Richie, etc) its well worth it.

Visited June 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Picnic”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We got tickets to the Pixar concert. They are a bit expensive but I think that it is worth the experience. Its a nice place to go with friends and do a picnic.
They only have one screen which is not enough.
The location is not great. It's a 30 minutes drive from DC.
There are huge lines to get in.
Food and drinks are very expensive in the park.
Ravinia in Chicago is better organized.

Visited June 2014
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Towson, Maryland
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“IL VOLO”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had very good seats to see Il Volo, three Italian youngsters (well now they're all over 20) who have sensational voices. You may have seen them on PBS. They are for real, and while we hope they stay together for a long time to come, each has a unique voice and personality which leads us to believe that they will eventually separate. Thus we felt privileged to see them perform live at Wolftrap. Anyone and EVERYONE there that evening will tell you just how very special it was. Thanks fellows, and we'll keep a light shiining on your futures.

Visited June 2014
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“First Visit- will be back again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Our first visit to Wolf Trap to see Il Volo. We visited the website first but really still had no idea fully what to expect as far are the venue itself goes. So here goes: casual dress- picnic tables so you can enjoy your food you have brought form home prior to the show. They do have food options there- the sit down places are pricy. Once you go into the area where they scan your tickets and search your bags, has food vendors too, Also gift shops. Ample bathrooms. You can take your seat 1/2 hour prior to the show unless you are on the lawn. We were in orchestra Row S great Seats. One disappointment: The website said no still pics or videos so we left the camera home. Once there, they announced there" no video- still pics ok- our camera phones could not take good pics from our seats. Great show tho!! I was in music heaven! Their lineup thru the season is a nice variety for all tastes.The sidewalk from Lot 4 closest to the Felene Ctr is a bit steep. We got there early as they state parking is limited. Leaving the lot afterwards was not a lengthy process- lots of staff to assist in all areas.

Visited June 2014
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