Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

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Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
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Key Info

530 South Frontage Road East


Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Named for former President Gerald Ford, this outdoor performance venue plays host to some of Vail's most popular events, including the Vail Dance Festival and the Bravo! Vail music festival. However, according to previous audience members, what makes this amphitheater special is its setting on a hillside in the Rocky Mountains.

Recent visitors recommended bringing a blanket to sprawl out on the lawn in front of the stage, which reviewers say is the perfect spot to set up a picnic. You can bring your own food and drinks (except alcohol, which must be purchased on-site). Another upside to sitting on the lawn: the tickets are cheaper than those for the covered section of the amphitheater. A few other tips from past visitors: arrive early to score the best parking and the best spots on the lawn; bring a coat since it can get chilly once the sun goes down; and prepare for rain – the show goes on either way.

The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is located near the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in central Vail. Performances are held on a regular basis during the warmer months. Ticket prices depend on the show and the type of seat. From June to August, the amphitheater also hosts the Hot Summer Nights free concert series, which takes place every Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit the amphitheater's website.

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