Nestled within 800 acres of rolling hills and encircled by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Blossom Music Center opened in 1968, and has since become the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra. The venue was named in honor of Dudley S. Blossom, the orchestra’s former president. The famous open-air amphitheater specializes in many large concerts as well as music festivals like the Country Throwdown Tour, Lilith Fair, Projekt Revolution, and All That! Music and More Festival. Its lovely outdoor setting and laid-back ambiance has inspired many legendary artists such as James Taylor and Barry Manilow. The venue has a capacity of 5,700 pavilion seats and 13,500 on the hillside lawn seating area. Blossom Music Center welcomes about 400,000 visitors each summer.
Blossom Music Center is about 25 miles south of Cleveland. The amphitheater is easily identified by the distinct sloping slate roof of its pavilion and its grass-covered back rows. It also features stunning gardens and picnic areas, which offer guests an outdoor music experience like no other.
The venue has both paved and grass parking areas. Free trams go around the grounds and operate continuously before and after concerts. Tailgate parties are not allowed, however, picnic tables are provided for guests who want to enjoy a picnic before entering the venue. Visitors may bring in a small non-professional digital camera, one factory-sealed water bottle, food in a one-gallon, clear Ziploc bag, and lawn chairs no higher than nine inches above the ground. The show must go on rain or shine, so do not forget a small umbrella and rain gear.
Blossom Music Center is home to an art gallery, a full-service restaurant, beautiful gardens, and natural wooded surroundings, so there are many things guests can enjoy on-site. Also very near to the venue are the Cuyahoga National Valley Park and the Cuyahoga Valley Arts Center, where visitors can explore and discover many scenic spots and artistic masterpieces.
A: Gates typically open anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to showtime at Blossom Music Center. Be sure to check the listing on your ticket as showtimes will vary.
A: Our event listing has a list of all Akron amphitheater concerts happening at Blossom Music Center. You can also check out events in neighboring cities by checking out our list of venues by state.