Each summer, The Cleveland Orchestra presents the Blossom Music Festival of weekend concerts (from late June through Labor Day Weekend) featuring the Orchestra in symphonic repertoire, along with performances by the Blossom Festival Band, Blossom Festival Orchestra, and visiting artists and performers (including ballet, Broadway, and such presentations as Bugs Bunny on Broadway!).
Blossom Music Center has provided an inviting and gracious summer home for The Cleveland Orchestra since it opened in 1968. Located just north of Akron, Ohio, and about 25 miles south of Cleveland, Blossom lies within the city limits of Cuyahoga Falls, an Ohio community first settled in the early 1800s. Blossom is situated on 800 acres of rolling hills surrounded by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Its beautiful outdoor setting is an integral part of the Blossom experience. In addition to each summer's Festival performances, Live Nation presents a summer-long season of concerts devoted to rock, jazz, country, and other musical presentations.
The musical heart of Blossom is the Blossom Pavilion, a covered concert venue situated at the base of a natural bowl and widely celebrated for its distinctive architecture and superb acoustical qualities. The Pavilion seats 5,700 people in its seating boxes and reserved and general admission seating areas, while the expansive hillside lawn offers room for another 13,500 concert-goers to spread blankets or chairs under the stars.
Around the Pavilion, the Blossom grounds include a number of other performance and recreational facilities.
In 2002, Blossom was enhanced through a major redevelopment project including improved parking, restrooms, and accessibility features, and now welcomes more than 400,000 visitors each summer.
The Blossom Grille is open before and after each Festival concert for full-service dining or for take-out picnic dinners. Other dining concessions, as well as the Cleveland Orchestra Store and the Wine Shop, provide everything needed for a festive evening.
Blossom also features three landscaped gardens and several picnic areas, including Knight Grove ― a party center accommodating groups of 25 to 450, as well as the spacious lawn, where Blossom Festival attendees enjoy a decades-long tradition of picnicking before the concert.
The Porthouse Theatre (located near the Blossom entrance) hosts summer theatrical productions by the Porthouse Theatre Company, a professional repertory company affiliated with the Kent/Blossom Theatre program. In addition, Eells Gallery exhibits visual and sculptural works by regional and national artists selected through the Kent/Blossom Art program.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Cleveland Orchestra thanks the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park for being among our Blossom Community Partners. CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting.
For more information about CVNP, please call 216-524-1497 or 800-445-9667, or visit their website, or visit the Day in the Valley website. For more information about the Conservancy and its membership program, visit their website or call 330-657-2909.