Summer 2021 Policies and Guidelines | Wolf Trap
Filene Center Meadow

Summer 2021 Policies and Guidelines

Updated as of May 3, 2021

In preparation for the safe reopening of our venues and spaces, we will be updating this page regularly with the latest information for gathering together.

The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is our highest priority as we plan for the 2021 Summer Season, the 50th anniversary of the Filene Center inaugural season. 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.

COVID-19 safety practices are developing and improving every day. As we get closer to opening, we will continue to refine our plans, processes, and procedures based on the latest scientific and medical guidance available and share those procedures with you on this page and through other communications.

Our current plans are as follows:


  • In accordance with public health guidelines, the Filene Center will operate at a reduced capacity with patrons seated in socially distanced groupings six feet apart referred to as “pods.”


  • Tickets will only be available via and 877-WOLFTRAP. To purchase accessible seating, please call 703.255.1868. The box office will NOT be open for walk-up ticket sales.
  • Tickets will be sold in socially-distanced grouping “pods” of 2 to 8 tickets. Pods must be purchased in their entirety. To purchase pods of 8 tickets, please call 703.255.1868.
  • Please familiarize yourself with the reduced capacity seating chart before beginning the ticket purchase process.
  • All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
  • For Children’s performances at the Filene Center: Each pod must include an adult, over the age of 18.
  • All tickets will be delivered digitally 48 hours in advance of the performance; no paper tickets will be issued for the 2021 Summer Season.
  • Due to reduced capacity, ticket inventory may be extremely limited. Wolf Trap recommends purchasing tickets as early as possible, as we expect many performances to sell out quickly.
  • Failure to maintain seating pod integrity by selling, transferring, or otherwise distributing some portion of the ticket holder’s pod tickets to another party may result in the forfeiture of the entire pod.
  • If you need assistance, please contact Wolf Trap Patron Services at or 703.255.1868.


  • All seating pods, including those on the Lawn, are reserved.
    Patrons will be able to use lawn chairs in all reserved lawn pods. Lawn chairs sizes cannot exceed:
  • Height from ground to seat level – 15” or less
  • Height from ground to top of back of seat – 36” or less
  • Lawn chairs and all other items (coolers, tables, blankets, etc) must be kept within the boundaries line of the patron’s lawn pods.
  • 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 or 703.255.1868.


  • All patrons (2 years of age and older) and staff will be required to wear face masks at all times inside the Filene Center EXCEPT when seated within their pods. Masks are required while walking to seats, waiting in lines for food and beverages, in restrooms, on courtesy carts, and while in line outside the Filene Center. Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth.
  • EPA-approved disinfectants will be used to clean and sanitize bathrooms, concessions, gates, gathering areas, and other high touch surfaces on a regular basis.
  • To encourage safety in typically congested areas, social distancing markers will be in place.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the Filene Center.
  • All monetary transactions will be electronic (Apple/Google Pay) or via credit/debit cards. Cash will not be accepted.
  • More information will be available on this page in the coming months.


  • 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
  • All performances, including Children’s performances, will be at the Filene Center.
  • Most performances will run approximately 90-minutes in length with no opener and no intermission. Children’s performances at the Filene Center will run approximately 45-60 minutes in length.
  • Upon arrival, patrons and their parties must go directly to their seating locations and stay in their pods during the performance, unless purchasing food and beverages from the concessions, merchandise, or using the restrooms. 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 in their reserved lawn pods. More information on size restrictions will be provided on this page closer to the start of performances. All food, beverages, coolers, and other personal items shall be contained within the reserved lawn pod area.
  • Visitors with house (Pavilion) seating may not take food to their seats, nor will the reserved lawn be available for food consumption. Visitors are welcome to purchase food inside the ticketed area, but must consume it on the non-reserved lawn area or outside of the ticketed area.
  • Directions to the Filene Center may be found here. Parking is free, but limited.
  • The Wolf Trap Shuttle to and from the Metro will not be available in 2021.
  • 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.
  • With the exception of service dogs assisting patrons with disabilities, pets are not permitted.