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2021 Policies and Guidelines

Updated as of September 2, 2021

Filene Center Policies

The Barns at Wolf Trap Policies




The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is our highest priority. We are working with state and local authorities, as well as the National Park Service, to ensure that we are in compliance with official policies as we develop COVID-19 protocols and procedures. We will be updating this page regularly with the latest information for gathering together. CDC Guidelines

FILENE CENTER GUIDELINES & POLICIES



Vaccination Requirement

  • All patrons regardless of age attending concerts at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center beginning August 28, 2021 must be fully vaccinated or provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results by the date of their visit. Verification of vaccination must be provided upon entry by either paper or electronic documentation* (including photo of card). “Fully vaccinated” means the concert date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose or single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wolf Trap will accept proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Patrons may bring a physical copy of their vaccine card, a photo on a phone, or a printout from your medical provider or state's vaccine registry. The vaccine registries for D.C., Maryland and Virginia are listed below:
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated, you may provide proof of a PCR or Rapid COVID-19 antigen test taken within 48 hours of the performance prior to entering Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. At-home tests will not be accepted.

Mask Requirement

The National Park Service requires everyone to wear a mask at all times – unless actively eating or drinking – in the following areas:
  • All buildings, including restrooms
  • The ticketed area of the Filene Center
  • Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods
  • Lines to enter the Filene Center
  • Passenger carts
Masks are available to those who need them. Please see an usher if you need a mask. CDC guidance on mask wearing

Know Before You Go

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all Wolf Trap visitors and staff, National Park Service security staff will be inspecting all items entering and reentering the ticketed area. Please see the following new size limits of coolers, containers, and bags allowed within the venue. Wolf Trap patrons are permitted to bring food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Below is a list of prohibited items not allowed in the Filene Center.

NEW Size Guidelines for Coolers and Bags:

  • Allowable coolers size is no larger than 16”x 16” x 8”
  • Coolers with wheels are allowed as long as they do not exceed size limits.
  • Allowable bag size (including suitcases, duffel bags or backpacks) is no larger than 14”x 13” x 10”
  • No more than two items per person. Blankets, ground cloths, and purses are allowed and do not count toward the two item per person limit.

Security Inspections:

  • All containers and packages will be inspected. This includes coolers, baskets, tote bags, purses, diaper bags and any and all other containers. The Park Service may also ask you to shake out your blanket or jacket.
  • Security screening and inspections will be done at all Filene Center entrances prior to scanning your tickets. Patrons will also be asked to walk through metal detectors.
  • If you have no containers to inspect, or are only carrying a purse, fanny pack, or blanket, you may use the Express Gate. No packages other than a small purse not to exceed 4.5" x 6.5" for the Express Gate.

Prohibited Items include:

  • Weapons including but not limited to firearms, projectile weapons, ammunition, bladed, edged, or sharp tools or implements, club-like items and striking devices, explosives or combustible chemical compounds and mixtures, and disabling chemicals such as mace or pepper spray
  • Wagons and carts (coolers with wheels are allowed as long as they do not exceed size limits)
  • Candles, bug repellant burning coils, anything that has a fire or flame
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Grills
  • Beer kegs
  • Athletic equipment (e.g., balls and flying discs) and bicycles, scooters, or skates
  • Tents, canopies or umbrellas over six feet in diameter
  • Drones or other flying apparatus

Ticketing

  • Tickets are available via wolftrap.org. To purchase accessible seating, please call 703.255.1868. The Filene Center box office is open Monday - Friday: 10 AM to 4 PM and Saturday - Sunday: 4 PM to 9 PM (only on performance days).
  • All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
  • if you would like paper tickets please visit the box office
  • If you need assistance, please contact Wolf Trap Patron Services at patronservices@wolftrap.org or 703.255.1868.

Seating

  • Seating on the lawn at the Filene Center is General Admission, and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
  • There is a section in the back of the lawn designated for patrons using lawn chairs. This includes legless beach chairs. Seat cushions with back support may be used anywhere on the lawn, and are available for rent at the Wolf Trap Gift Shop on the plaza.
  • Should official government imposed capacity guidelines change, Wolf Trap Foundation reserves the right to reseat patrons.
  • If you need assistance, please contact Wolf Trap Patron Services at patronservices@wolftrap.org or 703.255.1868.

Health & Safety

  • EPA-approved disinfectants will be used to clean and sanitize bathrooms, concessions, gates, gathering areas, and other high touch surfaces on a regular basis.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Filene Center.

General Performance & Attendance Information

  • All sales are final. Performances, schedules, programs and artists are subject to change.
  • No refunds will be given unless a performance is cancelled in its entirety, with no replacement performance scheduled. Performances take place in all-weather, including rain or shine. Patrons should come prepared for the elements. In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, Wolf Trap Foundation will notify ticket buyers by email and post an alert on the homepage of wolftrap.org.
  • Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management.
  • Patrons may bring their own food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy at picnic tables around the Park, and on the lawn.  
  • Visitors with in-house seating may not take food to their seats. Visitors are welcome to purchase food inside the ticketed area, but must consume it on the Plaza or picnic table located to the left and right of the Filene Center, or outside the Filene Center gates.
  • Directions to the Filene Center may be found here. Parking is free, but limited.
  • The Wolf Trap Express Shuttle, operated by Fairfax Connector, offers roundtrip service from the West Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line) to all Filene Center summer performances starting in August 2021. More info
  • Courtesy shuttle cart rides provided by NPS personnel will be limited to visitors with accessibility needs only.
  • All Wolf Trap venues are smoke-free facilities. Smoking, including E-cigarettes, are only permitted outside the venues more than 25-feet from the gates.
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The Barns at Wolf Trap 2021-2022 Guidelines and Policies

To keep everyone safe at The Barns at Wolf Trap, our indoor concert venue, Wolf Trap Foundation requires that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear masks and provide verification of full vaccination upon entry to the venue. For those who are unvaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the performance is required.

Mask Requirement

  • All staff, volunteers, and visitors will wear face masks inside The Barns, including during performances, unless they are actively eating and drinking. Only performers may be unmasked.
  • Facial masks should fit snugly and should fully cover your nose, mouth and chin. Masks with a valve, gaiters, and scarves are not permitted.
  • Masks will be provided to patrons who arrive without one or are wearing a mask that does not meet Wolf Trap requirements.

Vaccination Requirement

  • All patrons regardless of age who visit The Barns at Wolf Trap and/or attend performances must be fully vaccinated by the date of their visit. Verification of vaccination must be provided prior to each performance by either paper or electronic documentation (including photo of card). “Fully vaccinated” means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wolf Trap will accept proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Patrons may bring a physical copy of their vaccine card, a photo on a phone, or a printout from your medical provider or state's vaccine registry. The vaccine registries for D.C., Maryland and Virginia are listed below:
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated, you may provide proof of a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test taken within 48 hours of the performance prior to entering The Barns at Wolf Trap. Rapid COVID-19 Antigen tests are available at CVS MinuteClinics throughout the DMV area, and most urgent care sites. Please note that these generally require an appointment in advance. At-home tests will not be accepted.

Health and Safety

  • Patrons who are feeling ill are asked to please stay home and utilize Wolf Trap’s ticket exchange options.
If you need assistance, please contact Wolf Trap Patron Services at patronservices@wolftrap.org or 703.255.1868.