Each summer, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail 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.
It is with great excitement that after months of being closed, we will reopen soon with limited access and seating. Our venue has the opportunity to show we can host events while still limiting the spread of COVID-19. If we want to continue enjoying the performing arts in this beautiful outdoor setting, all our guests, artists, and employees must meet or exceed the guidelines set forth by local, regional, state and federal agencies for operating in a COVID-19 environment.
SEATING & CAPACITY
This spectacular, intimate outdoor venue can host 2,565 guests. It is divided into lawn and pavilion seating with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains.
Expansive grassy hillside Lawn seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
The covered Pavilion area seats 1,265 guests. It is divided into 4 sections with approximately 17 rows in each section.
Tickets + Box Office
The Box Office is located at the Amphitheater, adjacent to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Ford Park. The Box Office is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am to 5pm or until show start time on event days.
CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE
Are you shopping for someone else and unsure what to get? Let them choose with a Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Gift Certificate. Gift Certificates can only be applied toward ticket purchases to any Vail Dance Festival or Amp Summer Concert performances.* Gift Certificates can be sent by email (no charge) or in the mail ($2.50 charge). Gift Certificates do not incur any additional processing fees.
Redemption: Gift Certificates can be redeemed over the phone, in person or online. To redeem by phone: call us at (970) 845-8497 To redeem in person: come to the box office at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail or the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek (open year-round) To redeem online: choose the “Pay with a Gift Certificate” option on the billing page
*All tickets subject to availability. Gift Certificates can be applied as payment to any eligible performance, cannot be redeemed for concessions or merchandise. The Gift Certificate is non-transferable, has no cash value, and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. All Gift Certificates expire 3 years from the date they are issued.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Gates open one hour prior to showtime. Lawn seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Limited concessions with snacks and alcohol sales are available at the facility. Commercially sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is fully ADA compliant and provides special accommodations for those with limited mobility.
- 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
- Weapons of any kind
- In-Line Skates
- Lawn Chairs with legs taller than 5 inches (you should not be able to roll a softball under the chair)
- Hula Hoops
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.
Concessions in 2020 will be limited. We will offer a limited range of beer, red and white wine, and cocktails. The grill is not expected to be open in 2020, but we will offer a limited selection of snacks. We encourage all our guests to visit local restaurants and shops before or after the show.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily from early June through late August.