Wolf Trap just announced their complete summer line up, and the list this year looks as big as ever. As the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts will return to the outdoor stage to bring a wide variety of live music and shows to patrons this season.
From May to September, the public can once again experience the thrill of a live musical event, from Sting to Aimee Mann and many more. With big name artists to local acts, there’s sure to be something for everyone, and the venue is also hosting your indie favorites and out-of-the-box shows that are fun for the whole family—like, say, a symphony orchestra performing the “Harry Potter” score as the film plays across the screen.
We’ve rounded up the highlights from the announcement below. For the full list of performances and to purchase tickets, head to their calendar. Tickets for these upcoming performances will go on sale February 19 at 10 a.m. Pricing will vary for performance and location, and Wolf Trap members have exclusive access to presales. All performances, unless otherwise noted, are held at the Filene Center on Trap Road in Vienna. COVID-19 precautions will follow up-to-date recommendations from the CDC.
The Big Names
Your favorites in the music industry could be coming to Wolf Trap this summer. From Grammy winners to Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, the venue is bringing artists from across a wide variety of genres.
Bonnie Raitt (with opener Lucinda Williams), June 10 and 11, 8 p.m.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Award-winner will grace the Wolf Trap stage as part of her Just Like That … Tour 2022.
Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (with opener Waxahatchee), June 16 and 17, 7 p.m.
The queen of crossover country-rock Sheryl Crow and Jason Isbell, one of his generation’s most celebrated songwriters, are returning to Wolf Trap this summer for a dynamic double bill.
Little Big Town, August 4, 8 p.m.
The CMA, ACM, and Grammy Award-winning country group has a crossover sound with four-part harmonies that has garnered acclaim for its many hits, including “Girl Crush.”
Goo Goo Dolls (with opener Blue October), August 17, 7:30 p.m.
Known for hits like “Iris” and “Slide,” this record-breaking, multi-platinum rock band returns to Wolf Trap.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters, August 18, 8 p.m.
This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has flipped genres, from rock to punk, for over 40 years. Come watch an enduring favorite.
Fantasia, August 19, 8 p.m.
As the winner of the third season of American Idol, Fantasia was the first artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart to debut at No. 1 with her first hit single, “I Believe.”
The Beach Boys, August 28, 3 p.m.
America’s favorite surf rockers continue to ride a way unequaled in American music history. The Beach Boys will provide the perfect summer soundtrack at Wolf Trap with their hits “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and many more.
Sting, September 2, 3 and 4, 8 p.m.
The 18-time Grammy winner returns to Wolf Trap for three unforgettable evenings.
The Vienna venue is hosting some Virginia natives at this summer’s shows, from Richmond to right here in the Washington area.
The Original Kings of Go-Go, May 28, 7 p.m.
Listen and watch DC’s best go-go groups perform the “official music of DC.” Catch Trouble Funk, E.U. with Sugar Bear, Junkyard Bank, DJ Wroyal, and the Queens of Go-Go Fitness all playing music that thrives off of the audience’s energy, so concert-goers should be ready to sing and dance along.
The Head and the Heart, June 9, 8 p.m.
Jonathan Russell and Tyler Williams of the famous indie-folk band both hail from Richmond. As part of their Every Shade of Blue Tour, the collective is sure to play their Billboard hits “Rivers and Roads” and “Honeybee.”
Steely Dan, with special guest Aimee Mann, June 25 and 26, 7:30 p.m.
Listen to Richmond singer-songwriter Aimee Mann open for the group known for their signature sound.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, with Emmylou Harris, August 27, 7 p.m.
Having called the DC area home for nearly 30 years, beloved singer/songwriter Carpenter is bringing Americana to Wolf Trap this summer. She’s joined by Harris, who started in DC’s club scene and has collaborated with everyone from Dolly Parton to Bright Eyes.
If you want to experience the indie tunes of the past and catch up on the alternative scene today, Wolf Trap has some of your underground favorites returning to the stage this summer.
Belle and Sebastian and Japanese Breakfast, June 15, 7 p.m.
As one of the most beloved indie-pop bands, Belle and Sebastian will make their Wolf Trap debut alongside Grammy-winning Japanese Breakfast.
Barenaked Ladies (with openers Gin Blossoms and Toad The Wet Sprocket), July 17, 7 p.m.
Headliner Barenaked Ladies will have audiences singing and dancing to their catchy hits as part of their Last Summer on Earth Tour.
Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
Songwriter and vocalist Andrew Bird is joined by Iron & Wine for a night of eclectic indie-rock as part of their Outside Problems Tour.
Fitz and the Tantrums, Andy Grammer, August 3, 7:30 p.m.
The independent upstarts to bonafide hitmakers Fitz and the Tantrums will be joined by “Honey, I’m Good” singer/songwriter Andy Grammer in his Wolf Trap debut.
The Decemberists, August 24, 8 p.m.
Watch the eccentric indie-folk band in their Wolf Trap debut.
Fun for the Whole Family
Wolf Trap isn’t just bringing concerts to their amphitheater. In addition to watching local and big names take the stage, guests can bring the whole family to enjoy different styles of live entertainment, from a Sound of Music sing-along to a comedy show with legends Steve Martin and Martin Short.
“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” June 21 and 22, 8 p.m.
This musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King, who created beloved songs like “I Feel The Earth Move,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” and many more.
Signature Theatre and Wolf Trap Present: Broadway In The Park, June 24, 8 p.m.
This second annual night of stellar show tunes and memorable performances will bring show business and show people right to Wolf Trap.
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, July 16, 7 p.m.
Watch the beloved classic with a twist—sing along to “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi” as Julie Andrews graces the screen. A costume contest will precede the performance.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince In Concert, July 22 and 23, 8 p.m.
Relive the magic of year six at Hogwarts by listening to the National Symphony Orchestra perform live while Harry soars across the big screen.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Feature Film with Orchestra, July 29, 8 p.m.
Watch the fifth episode of the “Star Wars” franchise as the National Symphony Orchestra performs the Oscar-winning score live.
Disney Pixar’s Toy Story In Concert Live to Film, July 30, 8 p.m.
The beloved animated film comes to life with Randy Newman’s musical score, performed live by the National Symphony Orchestra.
ABBA The Concert, August 7, 8 p.m.
ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling audiences with fantastic performances of the group’s iconic hits like “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen.”
Steve Martin and Martin Short, August 20 and 21, 8 p.m.
In “The Funniest Show in Town at the Moment,” watch the comedic duo driven to make each other laugh as hard as the audience.
“Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” August 25 and 26, 8 p.m.
The NPR show returns to Wolf Trap for two nights to test your knowledge of what’s real and what’s made up.
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