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“The Barns at Wolf Trap, Everything That the Filene Center Isn't”

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
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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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391 reviews
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“The Barns at Wolf Trap, Everything That the Filene Center Isn't”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

The Barns at Wolf Trap is a seasonal attraction, open in the winter months only. But it is a SUPERB venue, largely because it is everything that the Filene Center is not. The Barns are a small intimate venue with excellent acoustics. Parking and access are easy, crowds are small and the staff super friendly. Acts are an eclectic mix of artists, many international acts that specialize in small intimate venues where they are in direct contact with the audience.
Skip the Filene Center and try the Barns.

Visited March 2014
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northern virginia
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“what's not to like?”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

Choose your concert experience. Do you want to sit in the pavilion and focus on the show OR do you want to pack a picnic and hang out on the lawn? I am normally NOT a lawn seat type of girl but Wolf Trap is the exception to this rule. I cannot believe that they allow you to bring in your own food and drinks (yes, that includes alcohol). They also sell food and drinks if you would rather not lug your own treats from your car to the lawn. Some people choose to tailgate in the parking lot before the show. Some people enjoy a picnic on the lawn before heading to their pavilion seats. Such a fantastic venue!!

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Why is it so hot in the Summer?”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

My wife and I love going to Woftrap but we tend to avoid shows during the Summer months because of the heat and humidity it is very uncomfortable. With the new technology today why can't they install the whisper quiet fans in ceilings to at least circulate the air???

Visited May 2013
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West Hartford, CT
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“The Barns at Wolf Trap”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Most people who travel to the Washington, DC area think of the National Theater or the Kennedy Center for live entertainment but the trip out the Dulles Access Road to Wolf Trap is worth it. The outdoor main venue on the grounds rivals Tanglewood in terms of layout and ambience (I actually prefer it because the grassy area has a slope which makes for better viewing than the flat area at Tanglewood).

Keep an eye out for small scale concerts at The Barns, literally a Barn redesigned to handle about 200 people in a terrific little venue for quartets, solo performers etc. There's a very rustic, open, well-lit area for drinks and light socials as well. One key piece of advice: The Barns is on the OPPOSITE side of the Dulles Access Road from Wolf Trap and a real pain to get to. Once you get off the highway on the exit to The Barns you actually have to take some sort of weird u-turn to get to the main lot.

I hosted a small exhibit in the front gallery of work I'd done as an artist-in-resident for the National Park Service and loved the space, so artists might think about working with The Barns as well.

Visited January 2014
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Vienna, Virginia
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“Wolf Trap in the winter”
Reviewed 19 December 2013

When the summer schedule winds down at Wolf Trap, some of the best experiences are awaiting during the winter months at the Barns of Wolf Trap. In a small setting of a converted New England barn, performers like the Scottish Battlefield Band performs to an intimate group. With a new pedestrian bridge connecting the Barns to the Filene Center, Wolf Trap is expending and making it easier to take advantage of all that they offer. Wolf Trap has also recently completed a series of hiking trails which you and your dogs can use year round, not only she. Us met performances are going on. Just park near the Filene Center and head towards the Children's Theatre in the Woods. From there you'll see the signs for the trails marked with colors designating the routes.

Visited November 2013
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