New to the Concerts on the Lawn or just have a question? Read below for some answers to our most commonly asked questions.
We encourage those who are able to make the short 2 minute walk to the Grand Lawn from Elmwood, but for those who can't our golf carts are a great service for those with mobility issues or disabilities that make walking more difficult. If you need to drop someone off who needs a ride to the back lawn, please do so at the entrance to our Fire Lane, on Elmwood Ave, across from the MI DHHS building parking lot. There are benches here where individuals with mobility issues can wait for a golf cart. Other cart pickup areas include our main parking lot, the parking deck, and at our Evergreen Cottage Lot.
Yes! Parking a bike is much easier than parking a car, thanks to the Bike Valet provided by our friends at Norte! Ride up to the Shuffleboard court by our volunteer tent to utilize the bike valet service.
The bus is a great option. Hop on the FREE BATA Bayline and get off at either the Elmwood @ 11th St. stop or the Elmwood @ 7th St. stop, both are a short 4 minute walk from the Grand Lawn. From the Meijer Car Wash lot it is a short 3 minute ride!
Concessions open at 5:30 PM and stop at 7:30 PM. We offer burgers, brats, chicken sandwhiches, black bean burgers, and hot dogs. Make a meal of it with a bag of chips and a drink. Moomer's ice cream is also available for purchase at our green ice cream tent. Nate's Best Kettle Corn is also available most weeks directly across from the ice cream tent.
Pets are allowed, on a leash, as long as they can get along with other animals and people. Please make use of the pet stations along the main path to clean up after your pet.
We have porta-potties around the Grand Lawn for guests, including an handicap accessible one.
If the weather is not safe for guests or the band, we will cancel. Rain during the day does not mean the concert is automatically canceled. If the skies are predicted to be clear during concert time, the show will most likely go on. You can check the sidebar of our website or our Facebook page for the latest information. If we cancel it will be posted there and we will also notify our media partner, Midwestern Broadcasting, so they can air it on their stations: WTCM AM & FM, WCCW AM & FM, and Z93. A message will also be available at this number, (231) 932-3018, with the latest concert status.
The Concerts are BYOS--Bring Your Own Seat! It can be a folding chair, a blanket or you can sit on the grass, but we do not provide seating for anyone but our residents and our sponsors. If you are unsure if a seat is available, please ask at the Foundation/Marketing tent. Do not just assume they are open. There are a few benches and picnic tables, but they fill up fast!
On sunny days, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. On cloudy or cooler days, bring a sweater. The lawn gets a good breeze which can be a bit cool in late evening.
The concerts are free. Our expenses are paid through sponsorships from area businesses. The freewill offering we collect goes to the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation. The Foundation uses these funds to help support the Pavilions and its mission of providing accessible, trusted, and compassionate care that enhances quality of life for aging adults.
Concerts start at 7 PM and are about an hour long.
If we didn't answer your question above, please call us at (231) 932-3018 and we will do our best to help!