Washington DC – Wolf Trap National Park 2

In the summer months from May to September, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts will present around 100 performances, of every type and genre. You can see their schedule online (link below) and make your plans, when you know when you are visiting Washington DC.

This week, for example, some of the performances include: The Backstreet Boys, Riverdance, Jethro Tull, Cirque Dreams and next week Harry Connick, Jr., Sheryl Crow and CATS!

Wolf Trap is certainly an experience not to be missed. There’s a show every night, often 7 different offerings each week!

The area is on the way into Washington DC from Dulles International Airport, so you may want to schedule your accommodations nearby in Reston, Vienna, Falls Church or Fairfax instead of going into Washington DC, proper, especially for the days / evenings you attend concerts.

You may find you even like being out in these Fairfax County towns for your whole DC visit and then pop into DC with the rest of the commuters.

I lived in Reston, Virginia for 2 years (literally moments from Wolf Trap) and this is the plan that I used when sightseeing in DC.

I also will never forget my first pre-performance picnic on the lawn there and then being seated inside the Pavilion to see the legendary Ella Fitzgerald up close and personal! Decades later, I still remember the WHOLE experience.

I have also used the cookbook of Wolf Trap picnic recipes I got at the Gift Shop that first visit for many other memorable outdoor times (like my youngest sister’s wedding). Everything in that book was delicious and safe for picnic use.

If you do not have access to making your own picnic and don’t want to eat beforehand in Wolf Trap’s formal Ovations restaurant, you can also arrange for a catered picnic (see link below) and pick it up at the restaurant.

Capital Restaurant Concepts is the official picnic caterer of the Wolf Trap Foundation. They can prepare your picnic under the stars!

Order online from them at Catered Wolf Trap picnic baskets or call (703) 255-4017 by 2 pm the day before the performance and have your fresh, gourmet picnic ready for pick up at Ovations.

So, enjoy this uniquely beautiful experience and be sure to visit the Gift Shop!

LINKS:
Wolf Trap National Park Overview
National Park Service, Wolf Trap

2010 Season Calendar Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Transportation:
Plan Wolf Trap visit

Metro service to Falls Church, Virginia

Connector from Metro to Bus for Wolf Trap

You can drive yourself: Wolf Trap has its own exit on the Dulles Toll Road (Rt. 267 West, Exit 15) which is open 24 hours a day. The Wolf Trap exit is for westbound traffic only. Eastbound traffic can exit at Route 7. See the Directions and Map Page (Do NOT confuse the Dulles Toll Road with the Dulles Access Road.) These roads run parallel to each other, but the Access Road is for airport use only!

Call a taxi: you can call a taxi at (703) 534-1111.

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