Summer Arts Festival FAQs
Q: How much do Summer Arts Festival tickets cost?
There is no admission fee for Summer Arts Festival events. Tickets are not required. We ask that you “pay what you can” when we “pass the hat” at intermission. Your donations during intermission help us continue to present our Festival programs admission-free.
Q: Do we bring our own chairs?
There is no fixed seating for outdoor events. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. We ask that plastic tarps not be used, as these damage the grass. For this reason, plastic tarps left on the lawn may be removed by Festival staff.
Chairs may be placed in Veterans Park on the day of an event beginning at 6:00 AM, and must be removed at the conclusion of each performance. Seating areas are not covered, and lawn seating may become wet. (Note: The Summer Arts Festival is not responsible for lost, misplaced, or damaged chairs and blankets.)
Limited bleacher seating is available (first-come, first-served) on the south side of Cliff Park Road at the rear of the Amphitheater.
A limited number of Rent-A-Chairs are available nightly beginning at 7:00 PM at the Welcome Center, located on the west side of the Amphitheater, for $10 ($5 is refunded when chair is returned.)
Q: Is reserved seating available?
Pit Seats and Loft Seats for the 2017 Summer Arts Festival may be reserved beginning Monday, June 5, 2017 by calling the Springfield Arts Council at 937-324-2712. A donation is required to reserve seats.
A limited number of orchestra-pit seats are available for most performances. Pit seats may be reserved in advance for a donation of $10 each, available first-come, first-served, by calling 937-324-2712.
A limited number of loft seats (located above the Control Booth at the rear of the Amphitheater) are available for most performances. Loft seats may be reserved in advance for a donation of $15 each, available first-come, first-served, by calling 937-324-2712.
Remaining orchestra pit and loft seats may be reserved at the Festival Welcome Center (on the west side of the amphitheater) nightly after 7:00 PM as available.
Reserved pit and loft seats are NOT available for Annie Jr. (June 14 & 15) and Spamalot (June 22,23,24.)
Seat donations may be charged by phone until noon on each show day.
Please note that orchestra pit seating and loft seating is limited; all seating is based on availability and may not be available at all performances.
Q: Do the shows still go on when it rains?
Festival staff and crew make every attempt to present Summer Arts Festival events “rain or shine.” Performances cannot be moved indoors or rescheduled.
Performances may be interrupted or delayed for up to one hour due to inclement weather. When summer storms are severe, or when danger is presented to the audience or performers due to lightning or high winds, performances may be cancelled.
Programs and artists are subject to change without notice. Call the Springfield Arts Council at 937-324-2712 for information.
Q: I’m coming from out of town. How do I get to the Festival?
Click here for directions to the Summer Arts Festival. Those using GPS may enter “250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, OH 45504″ as your destination.
Q: May I distribute flyers/ coupons/ surveys/ etc. to the audience at the Summer Arts Festival?
No, you may not. Distribution of any advertising, promotional, or solicitation materials, including but not limited to coupons, brochures, flyers, and administration of surveys is not permitted on the grounds of the Turner Pavilion and Veterans Park Amphitheater. As part of their Summer Arts Festival sponsorship, bonafide event sponsors may choose to distribute materials at their designated promotional tent, but may not walk through the audience to distribute.
Q: Do you sell food and drinks?
Our menu of sandwiches, snacks and beverages is on sale nightly at our concession stands, conveniently located to the east and west of the Grand Lawn on the Jesse and Caryl Philips Terrace (east) and the Landess Family Terrace (west). Beer and/or wine is also on sale at selected appropriate events.
Q: Can I bring beer and/or wine and/or alcohol to the Festival?
Under Ohio law, consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Festival is restricted to beverages sold under state license at the Festival concession areas.
Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into Veterans Park or to the Festival.
Q: Where do I park?
- GENERAL Parking: General public parking is available, non-reserved, first-come, first-served, in the lighted Veterans Park lot west of the Grand Lawn and stage. Parking is also at the Springfield Museum of Art, the Kissell Center, Wittenberg, and Covenant Presbyterian Church. For patron safety, Cliff Park Road is closed to through-traffic from 6 PM to close of show (or 90 minutes prior to afternoon events.)
- HANDICAPPED Parking: Limited parking for vehicles with handicapped tags permitted east of the Grand Lawn along Cliff Park Road beyond the first barricade. Use Fountain Avenue entrance only.
- GROUP TRANSPORT VEHICLE Parking: Limited parking for group transport vehicles permitted west of the Grand Lawn along Cliff Park Road beyond the first barricade. Use Plum Street entrance only.
- SENIOR (passenger vehicles) Parking: Limited parking for seniors in personal vehicles permitted west of the Grand Lawn along Cliff Park Road beyond the first barricade. Use Plum Street entrance only.
Q: What accessibility services are available?
ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation is provided at selected events below, courtesy of The Springfield Foundation:
• Wednesday, June 14, 2017: Youth Arts Ambassadors present “ANNIE JR.”
— Interpreters: tba
• Friday, June 23, 2017: Broadway in the Park musical “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT”
— Interpreters: tba
ASL signing may be requested for other events. A one week notice is required. Call 937-324-2712.
ASL coordinator: Barbara Dunaway
Audio description for the visually impaired may be provided by request; a minimum one week notice required; call 937-324-2712.
The Turner Pavilion in Veterans Park is wheelchair accessible; hard-surface pathways connect all areas of the Pavilion. A limited number of hard-surface wheelchair seating areas is available first-come, first-served.
Q: May I take photos and video of Festival performances?
Sorry, but by contractual agreement with most of our concert acts and performers, no photography, video, or recording of performances is permitted in the Amphitheater.
Q: Are restrooms available at Veteran’s Park?
Public restrooms, which include infant changing stations, are located on the Festival Plaza East and Festival Plaza West, next to our concession stands. All plaza restrooms are handicapped-accessible.
Q: What if I lose my keys/ phone/ wallet at Veterans Park?
Lost and found items may be dropped off or picked up at the Festival Welcome Center located just past the West Concession Stand. Summer Arts Festival management is not responsible for lost or stolen items or items left unclaimed after events.
Q: This is an outdoor Festival. May I smoke?
For the safety and comfort of all guests, we ask that smoking is restricted to the Cliff Park Road areas beyond the east and west road barricades. Please be considerate of our guests with health issues and allergies.
Q: I’ve noticed the engraved bricks on the terraces at Veterans Park. How do I order an engraved brick?
Engraved bricks are available for sale at any time, and are installed annually in Veterans Park. Call the Springfield Arts Council at 937-324-2712 for details on placing an order.
Q: I love the Summer Arts Festival! How can I help support these free performances?
In addition to donating at the performance when we “pass the hat” at intermission, you may also make a tax-deductible contribution to support the Summer Arts Festival.
Send your contributions to:
The Springfield Arts Council
PO Box 745
Springfield, Ohio 45501
Download a printable donation form here.