Frequently asked questions about facility rentals | Wolf Trap

Frequently asked questions
about facility rentals

Am I required to use a specific caterer for my event?

Wolf Trap requires using a caterer from its Preferred Vendor List. Clients are not permitted to bring their own food, beverage, or alcohol. Wolf Trap offers a variety of caterers to suit every need and budget, and clients benefit from working with caterers with a thorough knowledge of Wolf Trap’s facilities, rules, and regulations.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

All bar and beverage services must be provided by Wolf Trap. We offer a variety of packages to suit different needs and budgets. No outside liquor is permitted.

Can I only use vendors (photographers, florists, entertainment companies) on your Preferred Vendor List?

With the exception of catering and beverage services (as noted above), you may work with any vendor you choose. We ask that third party vendors schedule a site visit at least 2 weeks prior to the event to review facility rules and regulations. We require a Certificate of Insurance from all third party vendors. They may also be covered under a company’s insurance policy or event insurance.

How do I secure a facility and date for booking?

A facility may be held for up to 2 weeks and holds must be requested in writing. However, if a facility is on hold and another inquiry is received, you will then have up to 3 business days to confirm your booking. To secure a space, you must sign a rental agreement and return it with a 50% deposit.

What are the rental fees and how much time do they permit?

Facility rentals include 8 hours, including setup and breakdown. Events longer in duration, or requiring additional setup and breakdown time, are subject to an increased rental fee.

What does the rental fee include?

Rental fees include the use of the facility, WiFi, ample parking, iPod hook-up, and onsite kitchen access for caterers in The Barns. The Barns and the Center for Education also come with access to various sized on-site tables and chairs.

What time can events begin and end?

Load-in may not start prior to 7 am, and all events at The Barns and the Center for Education must conclude by 11 pm (not including load-out time).

Events at Wolf Trap National Park are only permitted in conjunction with a Filene Center performance and may begin no earlier than 2 hours prior to showtime. Events must conclude by the start time of the performance. In addition, all event guests must have tickets for that night’s performance.

Can I have live music?

Absolutely. As with other third party vendors, all entertainment vendors—bands, DJs, musicians—must have a Certificate of Insurance. They may also be covered under a company’s insurance policy or your event insurance. We require that entertainers and musicians provide all of their own sound equipment, including events occurring in The Barns. Third party vendors must follow Wolf Trap’s facility rules and regulations.

Do you offer event parking?

Rentals include complimentary parking and there are ample spots available in each location.

Can my group attend a performance after our event?

To book tickets to a Barns performance during the winter/spring season or the Filene Center in the summer, please contact Group Sales at 703.255.1851 or

Is the Filene Center available to rent?

The stage was built only for presenting performances. It is not available for event rentals.

Do you offer discounts for nonprofit organizations?

We value our relationships with area non-profits and are committed to providing a high-value experience for all organizations and individuals.  Please inquire about discount options.

Which address should I use on materials related to the event?

Be sure to specify your facility’s exact name and address on all invitations and promotional materials. Event attendees who search for “Wolf Trap” on a GPS device may not reach the correct destination. You can also share this link to directions and a map
  • The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA, 22182
  • Center for Education at Wolf Trap: 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA, 22182
  • Filene Center, Associates Deck, and The Terrace at Wolf Trap National Park: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA, 22182