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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Since it first opened in 1990, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has welcomed many talented artists to its stage. Frank Sinatra performed during opening weekend, and headliners throughout the years have included Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews Band, Sting, and James Taylor. The venue, which seats approximately 13,000 on the lawn and 6,000 underneath the tent, presents between 50 to 65 events every March through December. Pollstar magazine, the concert industry’s leading trade publication, has named it one of the top outdoor amphitheaters in the world multiple years in a row.

One of the things that makes this venue so unique is the way it gives back to the community. The Pavilion is owned and operated by The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Revenue from popular concert’s ticket sales, along with contributions from donors, are used to provide free art events for the community. Performing Arts shows, which include performances from The Houston Ballet and Houston Symphony, are always free to attend. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion also provides arts scholarships, arts training, and free arts education events for children.

When George Mitchell, The Woodlands’ founder, and his wife Cynthia Woods Mitchell first dreamed of creating a first-class event venue, they envisioned it as a place for classical and popular music performances, as well as arts education. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion has brought exceptional music and performing arts to The Woodlands since it first opened, and nearly 35 years later, continues to stay true to its mission as a nonprofit: to make the arts accessible to everyone.

Shania Twain photo courtesy The Cynthia Woods Musical Pavilion. All other photos courtesy Visit The Woodlands.