The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail is a spectacular outdoor venue that seats 1,265 guests in covered seating and an additional 1,300 on its expansive grassy hillside with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains.
Gates to the venue open one hour prior to showtime. Lawn seating available on a first come-first served basis. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is fully ADA compliant and provides special accommodations for those with limited mobility. Concessions with food and alcohol sales are available at the facility.
Each summer, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater plays host to an array of cultural and entertainment offerings, ranging from internationally renowned dance and classical music presentations, courtesy of the Vail Dance Festival and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, to the free weekly concerts of the Hot Summer Nights series. In addition, local chorale and theater presentations annually grace the Amphitheater stage, while headlining concerts round out the summer calendar.
Parking + Directions
Take exit 176 off I-70. Head south toward Vail mountain, into the main Vail roundabout. Exit the roundabout so you are heading east on South Frontage Road. The Vail Parking structure will be a short distance up on the right, where summer parking is FREE. Alternatively, you can continue on to the Ford Park parking lot, where attendants will collect cash for paid parking.
From the structure, exit to the east. Walk northeast toward the softball fields until you see the paved walkway into the park on your right. Follow that path straight down to the Amphitheater. Golf carts run frequently between the top of the path and the venue prior to and following shows. You can also take the Gore Creek Trail directly to the venue. See maps below.
From Ford Park parking lot, look for the bike path at the southeast end of the tennis courts. Follow this directly downhill to the Amphitheater.
Limited paid parking is available at Ford Park, located northeast of the Amphitheater on the Frontage Road, and at the Soccer Field, located southeast of the Amphitheater on Vail Valley Drive. Free parking is available in the summer at the Vail Village and Lionshead Village Parking structures, both a short walk or shuttle ride to the venue. Courtesy cart service is provided to the facility on a regular basis before and after each performance for those needing transportation assistance.
Gates open one hour prior to showtime. Lawn seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is fully ADA compliant and provides special accommodations for those with limited mobility. Concessions with food and alcohol sales are available at the facility. Picnics and commercially sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.
Food items are permitted with commercially-sealed NON-ALCOHOLIC beverages only
Empty Water bottles
Short-legged chairs to sit on the lawn (EX: Crazy Creek or REI Trail Chair) – chairs can be no more than 5 inches off the ground
Stroller & bike parking is available
Concessions are available for purchase with snacks, fresh and grilled food items along with a full bar
Camera and recording device policy: The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater enforces a no-video/audio capture policy at major events*. Professionals who wish to capture still imagery, videography, or audio must apply for a credential HERE.
*Spectators attending a graduation ceremony are welcome to bring recording devices and cameras of any kind.
Smoking of any kind
Lawn Chairs with legs taller than 5 inches (you should not be able to roll a softball under the chair)
The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater can host up to 3,000 guests within the pavilion and lawn seating areas. Please note that the venue will fill quickly. When at capacity the venue will operate following a one in, one out, policy.
All tickets sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
The Amphitheater stage and pavilion seating sections have a large roof protecting it from adverse weather. The Vail Valley is famous for afternoon and evening hit-and-run rain showers. Weather is generally not a factor for most shows. We encourage you to check weather forecasts prior to attending a show at the venue.
Should a performance be changed or postponed due to weather conditions, announcements will be made on the Amphitheater website and social channels regarding pertinent details.
The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is an internationally acclaimed botanic gardens known for its alpine horticulture, education and conservation, and is the highest elevation botanical garden in the world situated at 8,200’ (2,700 m) in the central Rocky Mountains. The Gardens attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually to see its unique collection of alpine and mountain plants collected from around the world.
The Gardens is located to the west of the Amphitheater. More information about the Gardens can be found at their main website or in Vail at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center.
One hour prior to showtime unless stated differently on ticket.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily from early June through late August.
Tickets + Box Office
The Box Office is located at the Amphitheater, adjacent to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Ford Park. The Box Office opens early June. Before the June opening, please contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 970-777-2015.
CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE
Gift certificates are now available for purchase. Give the gift of entertainment at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater!