Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The only national park dedicated to the performing arts, with spaces for indoor and outdoor performances.
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Shamaal
Hanover, MD211 contributions
Attended a 1930 concert with George Thorogood and Joan Jett. Unadorned raw rock and roll.
The venue, and the subject of this review, was a star in its own right. Being a part of the National Park Service, I was amazed at both the quantity and friendliness of the civil servant and security staff. We parked a seven minute walk from our seats in the sixth row of the orchestra.
An aside on the seats; when I first looked on the internet, the price for seats in the 5th row from the stage were $179. On a whim I checked the Wolftrap site and was able to pickup seats in the Sixth row for $82 - literally five days before the concert.
The acoustics were wonderful and parking ease of entry and exit was almost enjoyable. We're not regular concert goers but after this experience Wolftrap will be added to our list of pleasurable entertainment venues.
Written August 13, 2021
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perioddramafan
Vienna, VA18 contributions
Wolftrap is a terrific venue for entertainment, thanks to Mrs. Shouse's gift to Vienna.
The theater offers everything from concerts to comedians, ballet to Broadway, and rock to radio shows. We've been to many shows and always enjoyed them, either sitting on the lawn under the stars or on seats inside the open-air pavilion . Parking is free, picnic dinner is available next to the theater, and free van rides are available up the hill. Many concerts are free, such as those on national holidays (ie the Fourth of July with the Armed Forces Band) .Last shows we saw were : ABBA tribute band and Swan Lake ballet.
Written March 5, 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you again this summer!
Written March 6, 2020
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MKJourneys
Washington DC, DC1,148 contributions
Couples
Classic location to take in a Summer concert.
We got lawn seats which add to the summer experience. Gates open for the venue and lawn seats at 6p for 7:30 concert. For reserved seats they open at 7p. Lines form early if you want a particular spot on lawn. The lawn gets packed.

Parking is all over depending when you get there, so don’t get there st the last minute or you will have a long walk. Read up on regulations online regarding what you can bring in before you go.

Outside the venue the park is open to all day so arrive earlier and enjoy picnic on the many tables they have outside the gates.

Clear views from almost anywhere on the lawn.
Written June 30, 2022
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VQuesada
Rockville, MD23 contributions
Wolf Trap is getting harder and harder to enjoy. The tickets are very expensive and if you don't have some membership you can't get any decent seats.
Now, their ticket system locks you out. You try to reset your password and you just get continued errors. Though the biggest shows are on the weekends and holidays - THERE IS NO ONE TO CALL IF YOU ARE LOCKED OUT on Saturday or Sunday or a holiday. WTF!! You can leave an email and it has been over 4 hours and no response to the email. Very disappointing and frustrating.
They have your money... and they don't seem to care whether you can log in and get your tickets.
Written July 2, 2022
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Jenn S
Los Altos, CA55 contributions
This review is for the hike. We've gone multiple times with a 3 and 5 year old. They love the hike, it is about 3-4 miles total, easy to find and signed, and just the right level of challenge. It follows Wolf Creek all the way and circles around the back of the performing arts center, so lots to look at. There's even a small boardwalk section. We actually visited during the pandemic so there was never a concert/parking issues to worry about and it was always completely empty. Wouldn't take someone with walking difficulty though as there is elevation gain and it is a real trail.
Written June 21, 2020
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Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States712 contributions
I made an evening visit to Wolf Trap. There wasn't a concert going on at the time, so the park was fairly empty. However, it's a nice place for an evening walk. I took a quick look at the Filene Center, which is an open-air venue. The structure itself has a very interesting design. From there, I walked down to the river, past a smaller stage. There's a trail which meanders through the forest along a little stream. I also noticed that there were several pavilions along the ridge which appear to be newly constructed.

Overall, Wolf Traps looks to be a great place to attend a concert. It's also a great place to go hang out and enjoy the outdoors.
Written July 4, 2021
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GrandTour661970
Pine Level, NC9 contributions
Family
My daughter and I went to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center to see Brandi Carlile in concert. This is a beautiful concert venue with just magnificent acoustics. We had a great time and would love to return for another concert. I wish we didn’t live 4 1/2 hours away but it was well worth the drive.
Written August 31, 2021
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Brandon Gerding
Lima, OH964 contributions
Friends
Had to stop here was part of the national park service. What a beautiful venue with awesome architecture. Would love to hear a performance here one day to hear the acoustics. Quick stop unlike most other national parks not a normal visitor center. Had to really look for where I get a passport stamp.
Written June 23, 2020
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PookyTrip
Raleigh, NC12 contributions
Family
This was my first time going to Wolftrap -- went to see Gladys and the Ojays. Drove from Raleigh NC and stayed overnight. The venue is nice if you can get seats close to the stage or if you like sitting on the lawn. Got box seats (my seat was Box 48, Seat 4) and was not as close as I expected and the seats were VERY uncomfortable. Each "box" has 2 rows and the front row of each box is so uncomfortable they should be ashamed to sell those seats. When sitting in that front row, you have entirely NO room to move your legs -- let alone stretch them. I couldn't wait for Gladys to finish her set so I could get up -- kinda ruined it for me. Once she finished I left my seat and stood up behind the box seats for about a half an hour and was able to find a seat in the box in the back row which was much more comfortable. I was also able to get a chair for my mom so that she could also sit right behind the box seats. With the uncomfortable seats and it being so hot -- even at 8PM, didn't much enjoy the concert. Oh, and their so called handicapped parking is a joke. It only works if you ask them to call you one of those golf-cart type vehicles to take you to the entrance. Anybody with mobility issues will have a hard time. We had no problem getting a ride from the parking area (on the grass) to the entrance, but when the concert ended we were told it would be 30 minutes before they would start carting folks who needed rides to the parking area. We eventually took one of their wheelchairs and walked my mom back to our car. Guess you could have a nice time at this place if it's not too hot, you're not in the front row of the box seats, and you don't have difficulty doing a lot of walking.
Written August 25, 2018
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luv2travl003
Reston, VA750 contributions
I have visited Wolf Trap many times over the years. The venue itself is smashing - a large wooden pavilion in a natural dip in the land, with lawn seating going up the hillside outside the pavilion. Lawn seating is first come, first served, with lawn chairs, blankets, coolers (BYO food and drinks recommended, as the food & beverage at the concessions, while of decent quality, is very overpriced - one crabcake and two beers for $40). There is also a restaurant operated by Jose Andres, for which you will need reservations. Plenty of lawn and picnic table area for the tailgate crowd.

Acoustics and sound system are both very good, though the headliner will at times want his/her volume upped sufficiently to drown out the musicians in the background, as happened with Jennifer Hudson this week, performing with the NSO. The Symphony opened the show with a very nice set of popular themes. After the intermission, they were joined by J-Hud and her band. The NSO might as well have left at that point, as the vocals and drums drowned everyone else out.

Seating in the boxes and loge can be a bit tight on the knees. We were in the first row of a 2-row box and had to wedge knees between the wooden slats separating the boxes. That was bad enough, but when an obese woman with a gallon of perfume sat nextdoor, we moved to the back row of another box, where legroom was better and the air breatheable. (Hint, if you normally wear perfume or cologne, skip it when going to a close-quarters venue. Maybe Wolf Trap should put that recommendation in its ground rules.)

The most electrifying performance I have seen there was a few years ago, when the NSO under Leonard Slatkin and the Washington Chorus teamed up for Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It was a sultry summer night with thunderstorms flashing in the distance. When the final movement began, the thunderstorms moved in, and Slatkin (who was conducting from memory, without a score) looked like he had become Beethoven.
Written September 6, 2019
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Thanks for the feedback. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!
Written September 9, 2019
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