Dining at Blossom
Picnics are a traditional prelude to Blossom Festival concerts. The lush lawn and peaceful wooded picnic areas offer gracious spaces for outdoor dining. Bring your own basket or let us make dinner for you.
Bring Your Own Picnic
You are welcome to bring your own picnic dinner to Blossom, packed with everything you’d like to make the evening special and relaxing. Longtime Blossom attendees come prepared with favorite meals ranging from wine and cheese baskets to coolers stocked with roast chicken and chocolate cake. Whatever your style, arrive early and dine at leisure at a picnic table or on the lawn.
If you don’t want to pack your own picnic or want to add to your menu, Blossom’s exclusive onsite caterer, Aramark Catering, offers many dining options.
For an easy and exceptional meal, you can order gourmet picnic dinners in advance through the Blossom Grille and then pick them up when you arrive. There are a variety of boxed dinners from which to choose.
For more information or to place an order (at least three business days prior to your concert), call Blossom Grille at 330-916-6063.
The Blossom Grille
Blossom’s lovely open-air restaurant at the top of the lawn offers a full-service start to your evening. The restaurant and bar menus include a variety of freshly prepared entrees, including lighter fare, and a wide selection of wines, spirits, and beers. The Blossom Grille is open for dinner beginning 2½ hours prior to all Blossom Festival concerts and at intermission for wine and drinks. The restaurant is also open after concerts for coffee, dessert and drinks. To make a reservation at Blossom Grille, call 330-916-6063.
Concessions at Blossom
Food and beverage concessions are located throughout the Blossom grounds, including one near the Pavilion. These stands offer an array of items including appetizers, sandwiches, pizza, snacks, soft drinks, coffees, ice cream novelties, frozen fruit drinks, and a selection of alcoholic beverages featuring domestic and imported beers, summer cocktails, and refreshing wines.
If you forgot to pack the corkscrew or would like to upgrade your dinner with a bottle of bubbly, stop by the Blossom Wine Shop. Located at the top of the Lawn near the Frank E. Joseph Garden, the Wine Shop stocks an assortment of wines and accessories to help make the evening even more special.
Kulas Plaza is a private terrace and dining area reserved for Blossom subscribers and Cleveland Orchestra donors of $2,500 and more. Located next to the Blossom Pavilion, Kulas Plaza features an intimate atmosphere with café tables and a special menu of light fare along with wine, beer and other beverages.
To learn more about Kulas Plaza privileges and to donate, contact The Cleveland Orchestra Development Department at 216-231-7529. To purchase Box Seats for Blossom Festival concerts, call 216-231-1111.
Catering and Parties
With a welcoming natural setting, gracious gardens and a summer full of music, Blossom is a great place to host a party. Our party pavilions can accommodate 20 to 500 people, and we can make special arrangements for larger groups. Bring a few dozen friends, your favorite clients or your whole company to a concert and let Blossom’s exclusive caterer Aramark help you create a memorable pre-concert event.
From casual barbecues and informal receptions to elegant sit-down dinners, you can select a menu from our catering guide or ask our chef and catering manager to put together a unique menu for your event. To request a catering menu, please call 330-916-6063.
For information regarding group ticket packages for concerts, please call The Cleveland Orchestra Group Sales office at 216-231-7463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picnic Areas and Policies
Blossom has plentiful picnic areas with seating, including the Woods Picnic Area outside the main gate and the picnic tables near Knight Grove. Picnic areas are available to all patrons on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. The Lawn is, of course, a favorite picnic spot. Remember to bring a blanket or low chairs for lawn dining.
Patrons parking in any paved lot may wish to drop off a passenger and picnic supplies near the tram stop in their parking area. There is no picnic drop-off at the main gate.
Food and Beverage Policies
Gates to the Blossom grounds open 2 ½ hours prior to the start of each Festival performance. Please remember that food and beverages are not permitted in the Blossom Pavilion. Open flame grilling is not allowed anywhere at Blossom.
Please note that outside food and beverages are allowed at Blossom only for Festival concerts. Please visit Live Nation for information and policies relating to non-Festival performances at Blossom.