GERALD R. FORD AMPHITHEATER
The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail is a spectacular outdoor venue that seats 1,260 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.
GETTING TO THE GRFA
Take exit 176 off I-70. Head south toward the ski 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.
WHERE TO PARK
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.
For complete Town of Vail event parking information we encourage you to visit: http://vaileventparking.com/
VILAR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Located in the heart of Colorado’s Beaver Creek Resort, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is a 535-seat theater, owned and operated by the Vail Valley Foundation, which presents a variety of year-round performances including Broadway musicals, concerts, family entertainment, comedy, dance, classical music and more. The intimate and inviting performance space of the VPAC was designed to exacting specifications to create perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from every seat.
Box Office Hours are Monday – Friday (11am – 5pm), and two hours prior to curtain on weekends. The Box Office remains open through intermission.
GETTING TO THE VPAC
Beaver Creek Resort, home to the Vilar Performing Arts Center is conveniently located adjacent to Interstate-70 in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Eagle County Airport (EGE) is located just 30 minutes to the west while Denver International Airport (DIA) resides two hours to the east via Interstate-70. Both airports offer services from most major rental car agencies.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE VPAC
Take Exit 167 off I-70 at Avon (7 miles west of Vail). Go south straight through Avon’s 3 ’roundabouts’ to Beaver Creek Ski Resort. The Welcome Gate at the main entrance to Beaver Creek will instruct you on parking. Follow Village Road 2 miles and turn left, following signage for the Vilar Performing Arts Center, onto Avondale Lane just before Beaver Creek Lodge. Follow Avondale Lane about 3 city blocks, the VPAC will be on the right and the Villa Montane parking structure on the left.
pARKING & TRANSPORTATION
Summer parking is FREE in Beaver Creek on a first come, first served basis. The VILLA MONTANE lot is directly across from the VPAC on Avondale Lane and the FORD HALL lot is located just north of the venue on Village Road.
10th Mountain Limo
Travel between your Vail hotel or residence easily and inexpensively. Enjoy discounted VPAC rates starting at $15/person round trip (driver gratuity not included). Must be booked through the VPAC Box Office a minimum of 24 hours in advance of performance date.
Beaver Creek Shuttle from Lower Lots
Park, walk or Eco bus to the lower Beaver Creek Village lots (Elk and Bear) and hop on the complimentary transportation Beaver Creek Village shuttle which runs every 10 – 20 minutes during the winter season. Please refer to this website for all information on the current Beaver Creek shuttle schedule.
Staying in Beaver Creek? The VPAC is an easy walk from anywhere in the Village and can also be reached via the Beaver Creek Dial-A-Ride service. Complimentary door-to-door, shared ride transportation within the Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead villages. Guests may ask their concierge to arrange transportation anywhere within the resort, or call Village Transportation to make arrangements at: (970) 949-1938
Additionally, many of Beaver Creek’s local lodges including The Beaver Creek Lodge, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and The Charter Beaver Creek will offer free valet parking when you dine at their restaurants, all of which are just a short walk to the VPAC.
AVON PERFORMANCE PAVILION
The Avon Performance Pavilion at Harry A. Nottingham Park is a year round cultural and entertainment venue for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, theater performances, educational events, private functions and more.
GETTING TO THE AVON PERFORMANCE PAVILION
Harry A. Nottingham Park is located at 1 Lake Street in Avon. From I-70, take exit 167 toward Avon. Take a sharp left on Avon Rd. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto W Beaver Creek Blvd. Turn left on Lake Street, then turn right.
WHERE TO PARK
There is parking on the North and East sides of the parking. Parking is limited though, so carpooling walking or using the busline is recommended.