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Ford Amphitheater Lawn Seating Tips & Tricks

Every year, the Vail Dance Festival is housed at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in the center of the Vail Valley. In addition to the beautiful natural mountain backdrop, this venue offers audience members the opportunity to enjoy an evening of performances by world-renowned artists from the comfort of the lawn. 

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you take advantage of this unique experience and enjoy the beauty of the festival to the fullest. 

DIY Seating

Get creative! Make yourself comfortable with blankets, pillows, stadium chairs, or anything else you might think of. Keep in mind that Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater does not allow lawn chairs with legs taller than five inches, tents, or hammocks inside the venue.

Plan for Weather

 Don’t let the warm, sunny weather deceive you! Vail nights are cool and often bring light rain. Always check the weather forecast for the evening and be certain to bring warm clothes to bundle up as the sun goes down. In the event of rainy skies, it’s also helpful to pack a raincoat or small umbrella to stay dry. If you forget an outer layer, don’t fret! Vail Dance Festival merchandise, including cozy sweatshirts and joggers will be available for purchase before the performance.

Pack a Picnic

 Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater provides a fabulous variety of food and beverage concessions offered before the show and during intermission. However, you are also welcome to bring your own spread of food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy throughout the performance.

Arrive Early

Lawn seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Be sure to arrive early to secure the best seats. Gates will open an hour before show time.

Lawn seating is an enchanting way to experience dance from a new perspective and is available for all performances throughout the festival. Be sure you are familiar with the venue policies


Visit the Vail Dance Festival to secure your tickets to any of our events and performances throughout the week.

Tips from Emmy Wildermuth