Year-round, Vail, Colorado, provides visitors with a scenic and exciting place to enjoy time far from the hustle of life. Between the amazing views, world-class restaurants, and easy access to many outdoor activities, it’s not hard to see why Vail calls travelers back year after year. Those heading this way in the summer looking for top-notch entertainment will easily find it at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater. This sprawling open-air performance venue can easily accommodate up to 2,500 guests at a time and is owned and operated by the Vail Valley Foundation.
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The Heart of Vail's Cultural Scene at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater
Gerald Ford Amphitheater Location
The Gerald Ford Amphitheater is located at 530 S Frontage Road East in Vail, just 1.7 miles and no more than a 5-minute drive from the Lodge at Lionshead.
The Gerald Ford Amphitheater was first opened to the public in 1987 and at that time, it was large enough to host 1,200 people across the 900 seats and a scenic viewing lawn. Construction of the amphitheater was the result of years of fundraising on the part of the Vail Valley Foundation which was determined to create a place where community, the arts, and culture would thrive. The first concert here was hosted on June 27th of 1987 and was attended by the 38th President of the United States of America Gerald R. Ford. The President’s wife, Betty Ford, was also in attendance. Other notable figures attending the amphitheater’s grand opening were Bob Hope and Dolores Hope as well as many prominent Vail residents. In July of 1987, crowds made their way to the Gerald Ford Amphitheater to see Willie Nelson perform at $25 a ticket for general admission. Other major concerts held at the amphitheater in 1987 included the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, the Colorado Springs Symphony, and the U.S. Army Chorale and Band just to name a few.
Exciting 2023 Events at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater
Since those first performances in 1987, the Gerald Ford Amphitheater continues to welcome local and big-name performers to the stage, much to the delight of summer audiences year after year. The amphitheater is home to Bravo! Vail and is also the stage that welcomes Vail Dance Festival performers each summer. Many community events and graduation ceremonies are hosted here as well making it a prime gathering place in town.
This summer, the performance lineup is sure to inspire!
June Events at the AMP
- Brothers of a Feather
- Orebolo The Heavy
- Local Natives
- Lowdown Brass Band
- Shakey Graves
- Classic Albums Live!
July Events at the AMP
- 49 Winchester
- Thievery Corporation
- Old Crow Medicine Show
- The Dip, just to name a few!
August Events at the AMP
- Dance for $20.23
- International Evenings of Dance
- The Head and the Heart X Father John Misty
- Mt. Joy!
One of the Best Places to Stay Near the Gerald Ford Amphitheater
Taking time to unwind and enjoy the best of Vail is always worth a traveler’s while. Make sure you have incredible lodging to match by booking through the Lodge at Lionshead. Enjoy complimentary amenities such as cruiser bikes (first come, first serve), refreshments in the lobby, high-speed internet, and so much more!