Your concert experience

Whether enjoying a summer performance at the Sun Valley Pavilion or a winter concert at the Argyros Performing Arts Center, each distinct season is an experience all its own—admission free of course! Toggle the summer and winter buttons below to learn how to attend concerts in person for either season.

Choose your seating location

pavilion seating

The open-air Pavilion offers direct lines of sight to the stage and an unamplified, acoustic experience. Donors of $3,000 or more may reserve seats in advance, but free seats are always available to the public, beginning one hour before the concert. Line up for these (in the shade, by the bar, with chairs to ease the wait) on the East Terrace. If the line looks long, don’t give up! Unclaimed, reserved seats are released by 6:15 PM.

Bars open at 5:30 PM (one hour before the concert). Feel free to take your drink and snack to your seat, but please no outside food or beverages, glass containers, or coolers (or anything that might block an aisle or row).

Please do not take any photographs or record audio or video during the performance.

Click here to view a Pavilion map that shows important locations and descriptions of amenities and services.

lawn seating

Relax with friends as the sun sets, enjoy a picnic, and listen to beautiful music through a state-of-the-art sound system while watching the action on the Festival’s new, larger big screen. (Thank you to the Festival supporters who supported the campaign to upgrade the lawn experience this year!) The lawn experience accommodates all listening styles: serious aficionados tend to sit up front, picnickers congregate everywhere, and families with active children and dogs have room in the back.

Come early and reserve the perfect spot with a blanket (no tarps, please—not good for the grass). Or arrive just in time and make new friends as you find an empty spot.

  • The Welcome Center and Store (to the left of the main Pavilion entrance) is your exclusive source for everything you need to help make your concert experience memorable! Staff are available to greet you, answer questions, and provide tips on some of the most exciting things to look for at the concerts. Browse unique keepsakes, apparel, and useful items for picnicking on the Pavilion lawn. Looking for lost and found items? Find them here! All proceeds benefit the Festival’s education programs. Click here to learn more.
  • Low-back lawn chairs are a great idea. If a basketball could fit under it, your chair could obstruct others’ views. Lawn patrons in wheelchairs, or those who need high-back chairs, may use the dedicated space by the Paver Bar and along the row of houses near the Welcome Center and Store. If you have questions about appropriate use of your chairs, please see one of our Concert Services members.
  • Restrooms are located at the back of the lawn.
  • If your dog has plenty of energy, please consider sitting along the perimeter of the lawn to ensure everyone has a good experience.
  • Please keep all electronic devices quiet. Drones are prohibited on Sun Valley Resort property.
  • Help keep the lawn green—please recycle and throw away your trash and save or return your program book.

A unique concert experience

seating in venue

The Festival offers a unique, more intimate environment for enjoying music during its Winter Season at the Argyros. Here’s what to expect:

  • Reserved seating: You will select your seating location when you make your reservations. There will be a variety of vantage points to choose from, all with great views of the stage. See the seating chart below to view this year’s seating configuration.
  • An intimate experience: The concerts will offer the perfect setting for audience members to enjoy this beautiful music up close and personal, and perhaps even chat with a musician or two during intermission.

Seating map for Winter Season concerts


audience ordering food

With just one opportunity to perform for you during the winter, the Festival offers a longer program with more music, including:

  • two acts: the first around 50 minutes and the second about 35 minutes;
  • one 20-minute intermission; and
  • wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase in the lobby before the performance and during the intermission.

As seating capacity is limited, the Festival will repeat the program for each of the three performances, allowing as many patrons as possible to attend (for free, of course).

Additional events

Performing for local students

The Festival will offer a special performance for students at the Wood River Middle School during the week of the Winter Season.