Everything you need to know before heading to the Blossom Music Center

The Blossom Music Center’s summer concert season is right around the corner, which means a refresher on the ins and outs of the concert hall is in order.

dozens of artists will perform at the outdoor music center between May 19 and October 4, although there is always the possibility of additional concerts. Genres on stage will range from country to rock to modern pop.

Deciding to see an artist or band at Blossom raises a host of important questions: What are the venue’s COVID-19 policies? Do their vendors accept cash? Where should we eat first? Fortunately, the answers to these and other questions can be found below.

Akron rock duo The Black Keys — Patrick Carney, left, and Dan Auerbach — return to Blossom in September.

COVID-19 Protocols for Blossom Music Center

This summer, mask-wearing, screening and vaccination requirements vary by concert. Live Nation advises fans to check out the place website for details on their specific event closer to show day, as protocols are subject to change based on the latest local guidelines.

Blossom Music Center COVID-19 Rules 2022:What to know about COVID-19 protocols before going to Blossom Music Center

In 2021, social distancing was not required at Blossom, but people who were not vaccinated were recommended to wear a face covering unless they were eating, drinking or exempt from wearing a face covering.

Blossom’s 2021 do’s and don’ts:What to expect when attending the Blossom Music Center concerts in 2021

How to get there, where to park and use Uber/Lyft

The key to a great Blossom Music Center experience is arriving early, whether in your own car or using ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft. We’re not talking 30 minutes or an hour early: it’s best for spectators to arrive at least two hours before the show starts so they have plenty of time to park and walk to the amphitheater.

Blossom’s main entrance, off Steels Corners Road, is what most people use to get in and out of the venue, but the Northampton Road entrance is also an option. Those dropping off a guest should use the Steels Corners entrance and stay in the far right lane upon arriving. Parking staff will direct drivers to the designated drop-off area on O’Neil Road.

There will be construction on Steels Corners Road and State Route 8 this summer, so Live Nation suggests using alternate exits to get to Blossom. A useful note for those coming from the north: the Akron-Peninsula Road section from State Road 303 to Truxell Road is open and will remain open during construction this spring.

Opening of the Akron-Peninsula road:The rebuilt section of Akron-Peninsula Road is expected to open Wednesday

Attendees using an Uber or Lyft should notify parking attendants so they can be directed to the Blossom-designated Uber/Lyft area. When using these apps for pick up, make sure the driver arrives no later than 9 p.m. (approximately two hours before the end of most concerts) so they can be directed to the pick up area. Lot B parking lot charge. Drivers arriving after 9 p.m. will have to wait on Steels Corners until they are directed by the Sheriff’s Department to grass Lot 4.

The first of Blossom’s two parking spots is a grassy area that requires a short walk to the amphitheater; the other is paved terrain recommended for the elderly and disabled. Parking passes are available for purchase up to 10 days before each show.

Restaurants near Blossom Music Center

The Shawarma Brothers is one of many local eateries near the Blossom Music Center where concertgoers can refuel.

A good chunk of events, no matter how exciting, are made tedious on an empty stomach – and concerts are no exception.

Blossom eats:Stock up at these 9 eateries before catching live music at the Blossom Music Center

Whether you’re craving barbecue, seafood, or traditional American fare, there are plenty of places to stock up on great food before heading to Blossom. The Beacon Journal has identified nine local restaurants capable of satisfying spectators, check them out here in line. Plus, as a bonus, each venue is within a 15-minute drive of the Cuyahoga Falls Concert Hall (disregarding traffic, of course).

Tim McGraw is scheduled to perform May 19 at the Blossom Music Center.

Blossom concert schedule for summer 2022

The music venue’s summer concert series often has last-minute additions, so be sure to check back. Blossom Music Venue Concert Schedule regularly. Some of the concerts are newly announced and others are postponed from 2021 dates that were canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ticketing

All events will be Mobile Entry, meaning viewers will use their mobile device to access the event. Tickets will not be emailed or available for printing. Tickets for previously scheduled shows where purchasers have selected “print at home” or “send by mail” will be honored accordingly.

Tickets purchased for a group or individuals arriving separately will need to be transferred using the Live Nation app. This should be done before arriving at the event. For step-by-step instructions on how to access your smartphone ticket and transfer tickets, visit mobile ticketing section of the Blossom website.

Do vendors of goods or food accept cash?

No, all Blossom outlets will only accept payment by credit, debit or mobile card (such as Apple Pay or Google Pay).

What to bring or leave at home

Spectators should put their belongings in clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 x 6 x 12 inches or small pouches no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches.

Permit:

  • Cover.
  • Garden chair whose seat does not exceed 9 inches from the ground. A standard beach chair is recommended and chairs will also be available for hire.
  • Food in a 1 gallon clear Ziploc bag. One bag per person.
  • Water: one 20 ounce bottle, factory sealed or empty per person; other drinks are not permitted.
  • Standard size umbrella 3 feet in diameter.
  • Ponchos and raincoats.
  • Pocket or disposable digital camera: non-professional only, no removable lenses.
  • Small binoculars.
  • Non-aerosol sunscreen lotion and insect repellent.

Not allowed:

  • Weapons of all kinds: including but not limited to knives, guns, mace, pepper spray, etc.
  • Alcohol.
  • Drugs or illegal substances.
  • Glass containers.
  • Cans.
  • Hard/soft/large coolers.
  • Laser pointers.
  • Animals (except service animals).
  • Fireworks.
  • GoPro.
  • Selfie sticks.
  • iPads or tablets.
  • Video cameras.
  • Drones.
  • Golf umbrellas and umbrellas with metal or plastic tips.
  • Large signs, posters or flags.
  • Inline skates, skateboards, bicycles or action sports equipment.
  • Carts or large non-folding strollers.
  • Boot spurs.
  • Anything else that may pose a threat to other guests, staff or performers.
  • Spray sunscreen lotion or insect repellent.
  • Wallet chains.

Contact Beacon Journal reporter Tawney Beans at [email protected] and on Twitter @TawneyBeans.

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