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Buy Tickets to Riverbend Music Center

Tickets to Riverbend Music Center events are available now at Event Tickets Center! Oftentimes, Riverbend Music Center shows are difficult to come by. But, Event Tickets Center has a variety of tickets available for the next several events at the venue. Prices start at $21, but can range all the way up to $6167. So, you need to act fast before ticket prices rise. If you are on the fence about going to see a Riverbend Music Center event, we have conveniently laid out some of the most important information about the venue. Check out insider information about parking, concessions, seating, rideshare, public transportation, bag policy, amenities, and more! Find the event you want to attend in the event list above, so you can purchase your tickets to go see your next Riverbend Music Center event live!

About Riverbend Music Center

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center is an outdoor amphitheater that first opened its doors in 1984. Currently, it’s under the ownership of Music and Event Management, Inc..

Riverbend Music Center Seating

The venue has a total capacity of 20,500, although this number can fluctuate based on the event and seating arrangement. Also known as J. Ralph Corbett Pavilion, Riverbend Music Center is an open venue.

Events at Riverbend Music Center

Riverbend Music Center is the hub for several events. The venue serves as the stage for concert events, in addition to hosting other functions.

Getting into Riverbend Music Center

Want to ensure a smooth entry to Riverbend Music Center? We've got you covered! From security to accessibility, we've compiled all the info you need for a hassle-free arrival.

Security at Riverbend Music Center

Security at Riverbend Music Center is taken very seriously. All guests are required to go through security checks before entering the venue. Typically, security checkpoints tend to get longer as you get closer to the start time of the event. We recommend planning ahead so you don’t miss anything. Please note that Riverbend Music Center has a strict bag policy.

Riverbend Music Center Bag Policy & Prohibited Items

The venue's bag policy prohibits bags or purses larger than 12" x 12" without prior authorization, with all guests subject to bag inspection upon entry. Other acceptable items for entry into the amphitheater include small cameras, umbrellas (compact with no points), commercially-sealed water bottles, food, blankets, low "beach style" lawn chairs, soft-sided coolers, binoculars, seat cushions, strollers, sunscreen (non-aerosol), squeezable empty water bottles, service animals, and portable chargers (must be the same size or smaller than phone). Restricted items include alcohol, aerosol spray cans, animals (except service animals), backpacks or bags larger than 12" x 12", fireworks, glass/metal/hard-plastic containers, laser pointers, professional cameras, posters/signs larger than 8.5" x 11", iPads/laptops, weapons, tools, hard-sided coolers, glow items, musical instruments, inflatables, selfie sticks, pointed tip umbrellas, club colors, spiked jewelry/chains, stickers, camping/lounge chairs higher than 12" off the ground, and any other item deemed unacceptable by Riverbend Music Center. All policies are subject to change at the discretion of venue or tour management. Guests can bring personal lawn chairs with a seat no higher than 12" off the ground. In contrast, chairs with shade canopies are not permitted.

What to Bring to Riverbend Music Center

When you come to an event at Riverbend Music Center, make sure to bring your ticket and a valid ID, especially if you intend to purchase alcohol. We recommend bringing a credit or debit card and also some cash. Because this is an outdoor venue, it can get a little cold during the winter months (and sometimes year round), so we recommend checking the weather report to consider bringing extra layers and maybe even a blanket. Plus, it might be worth it to carry a rain jacket or poncho just in case the weather changes.

Is Riverbend Music Center ADA Accessible?

Riverbend Music Center is committed to providing a comfortable experience for all guests. Assistive listening is available, and the venue is also ADA compliant. Typically, Riverbend Music Center has special seating and preferred entry gates for these patrons. Be sure to check the policy for your specific event for more information.

Riverbend Music Center Experience

Your experience at Riverbend Music Center extends beyond the event itself. Discover delicious food and drinks, convenient transportation options, and more to create an unforgettable memory.

Food and Beverage at Riverbend Music Center

Plenty of concessions are available at Riverbend Music Center. Non-alcoholic beverages are served as well as alcoholic beverages including but not limited to beer, wine, mixed drinks, liquor and hard seltzer.

Payment Methods Accepted at Riverbend Music Center

Riverbend Music Center primarily operates on a cashless basis. This implies that while some vendors may still accept cash, most onsite purchases are done with digital wallets or debit and credit cards. Although Riverbend Music Center accepts most credit cards (such as Visa and Mastercard), it is prudent to carry a small amount of cash for tipping and for the few vendors that might accept it inside and outside the venue.

Is There Wi-Fi Available?

Indeed, the venue provides Wi-Fi access. We suggest connecting to the Wi-Fi network immediately upon arrival, as cellular service can sometimes be unreliable.

Can I Smoke at Riverbend Music Center?

Yes, Riverbend Music Center has designated smoking areas located throughout the venue. In these areas, cigarettes, vapes, and e-cigarettes are permitted. However, it should be noted that smoking in the seating area is generally not permitted.

How to Get to Riverbend Music Center

Riverbend Music Center is located at 6295 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45230. We've got you covered with all the options to get there, from public transportation to convenient rideshares.

How Early Should I Get to Riverbend Music Center?

Arrival times may vary depending on the event, but we recommend arriving at the venue about an hour before the scheduled start time. This gives you some breathing room in case of traffic congestion, parking difficulties, visits to the merchandise store, or if you want to grab some food and drinks before the event starts.

Rideshare Drop-off and Pickup Location

At Riverbend Music Center, there are specific pick-up locations for rideshare users. You’ll find the designated pick-up spots at Kellogg Avenue, on the other side of Coney Island Gate 2. Using rideshare to attend an event is a great option because it eliminates the stress of finding parking, which can often be scarce and expensive. Additionally, ridesharing promotes safety by providing reliable transportation if you plan on drinking alcohol during your visit.

A popular summer music venue located along the banks of the Ohio River, Riverbend Music Center was originally built for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1984. Taft Broadcasting donated about 11 acres of land, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Ralph Corbett contributed $2 million for the construction. It took a year for the amphitheater to be built, and in 1984, Riverbend Music Center was officially opened. In 2008, the Riverbend Music Center's expansion project led to the construction of the more intimate PNC Pavilion venue right next door.

Designed by renowned architect Michael Graves, this 20,500-capacity open-air music venue is located along the Ohio River in Cincinnati, OH. Its tent-like pavilion features statues that represent musical muses. At the outer border of the lawn, there is an arcing pergola with a variety of facilities and concessions. Riverbend hosts live concerts, festivals, theatrical acts, and symphony productions. Its stage has been graced by musicians such as John Denver, Ed Sheeran, and Gwen Stafani.

The venue is accessible by public bus, hotel shuttle, or cab. For those who drive, the parking fee is typically included in the ticket price. Tailgate parties are prohibited to ensure a safe environment for all patrons.

All events go on rain or shine, and umbrellas are permitted in case of inclement weather. Guests may also bring in lawn chairs with a seat no higher than 9 inches off the ground, seat cushions, small soft-side coolers, small cameras, and binoculars. Backpacks and audio or video recording devices are not permitted inside the venue.

Due to local noise ordinance, the venue has an 11 p.m. curfew. For those who want to party after the concert, Cincinnati boasts a number of nightlife options including breweries, taverns, and dance clubs. The venue is also near Belterra Park, which features a casino and a racetrack. Upcoming concerts by famous music artists are scheduled this year, and Event Tickets Center offers a wide selection of Riverbend concerts to choose from.

Riverbend Music Center Seating Information

Pit Seats

The Pit at Riverbend Music Center offers the closest and best seats to the stage. This section provides a comfortable head-on view for end-stage shows, making it one of the most in-demand seating options

Pavilion Seating

Get up close and personal with the action in the Pavilion, where tiered sections offer excellent sightlines and a palpable energy. Sections 101-112 and 201-212 hug the stage, putting you within arm's reach of the performers. For a more relaxed vibe, head to the mid-range sections like 113-120 and 213-220, or snag a seat in the elevated 300 level for panoramic views of the entire stage and lawn.

Lawn Seating

Embrace the open-air vibe and soak in the communal energy with a spot on the expansive lawn. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and settle for a relaxed experience under the stars. Feeling spontaneous? On certain events, the General Admission lawn is also available, where you can claim your spot closer to the stage as you arrive.

FAQs about Riverbend Music Center

What time do gates open at Riverbend Music Center?

Gates typically open anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to showtime at Riverbend Music Center. Be sure to check the listing on your ticket as showtimes will vary.

Looking for local Cincinnati Amphitheater concerts?

Our event listing has a list of all Cincinnati amphitheater concerts happening at Riverbend Music Center. You can also check out events in neighboring cities by checking out our list of venues by state.

Are VIP Packages or Accessible Seating offered at Riverbend Music Center?

Riverbend Music Center VIP seating packages and accessible seating section locations may vary per event. Please click the seating chart below or contact our customer service department to discuss options for accessible seating or VIP package purchases.

What is the bag policy for Riverbend Music Center?

Small purses, diaper bags are allowed. Large backpacks and oversized bags are not allowed. All bags subject to a security inspection.

Is there a ride share location at Riverbend Music Center?

Yes, the rideshare lane is in parking Lot 9 across from the Coney Island Gate 2.

Can I tailgate at Riverbend Music Center?

No, tailgating is strictly prohibited in Riverbend Music Center. Any activities that may obstruct or distract traffic are prohibited.

Can I bring my own lawn chair into Riverbend Music Center?

Yes, but only chairs with a seat no higher than 12″ off the ground.

What happens if there is inclement weather at Riverbend Music Center?

Riverbend Music Center is a rain or shine venue. In the event of extreme weather check the venue's social media for updates.

Facts about Riverbend Music Center



Past Names/Nicknames:

The Hulbert Taft Jr. Center for the Performing Arts J. Ralph Corbett Pavilion

Date Opened:

July 4, 1984

Event Dates and Pricing Information

Performer Date Price Tickets Available
New Kids on the Block Jun 21, 2024 From $28 547
Janet Jackson Jun 22, 2024 From $49 680
Niall Horan Jun 25, 2024 From $36 1,065
Santana Jun 28, 2024 From $44 1,244
Third Eye Blind Jul 2, 2024 From $21 1,894
Red, White, & Boom Jul 4, 2024 From $30 177
Red Hot Chili Peppers Jul 5, 2024 From $181 913
Train Jul 12, 2024 From $34 1,424
Luke Bryan Jul 13, 2024 From $71 1,199
Dan and Shay Jul 18, 2024 From $41 1,340