Nestled against foothills near the Irvine Spectrum Center, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is an OC favorite for enjoying concerts under the stars in an intimate outdoor setting.  A local landmark for concert enthusiasts since the 80's, many longtime locals saw Ozzy, Michael Jackson, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page perform back when the venue was Irvine Meadows.

verizon amphiteaterIt's always reminded me of a more casual version of the Hollywood Bowl, with a much more intimate vibe. There's plenty of outdoor seating and the general-admission grass lawn above the reserved seating gives lawn ticketholders freedom to move around, dance, picnic and bundle up in blankets.

The amphitheater has a wide range of concerts for everyone's music tastes.  It's the summertime home to Pacific Symphony Orchestra and is the annual site of KROQ's Weenie Roast and Christian music event Fish Fest.   Lots of family friendly fun is to be had at the Verizon Amphitheater during events such as the recent Pixar Pacific Symphony. Concert goers brought all kinds of family picnics: drinks, foods, blankets, lawn chairs, etc. But be warned - some events will have strict enforcement, not allowing outside items to be brought into the venue.  For example, at the recent John Mayer concert restricts were tight:  one water bottle per person, no chairs, food or blankets.


Insider Tips:

  • Arrive early and park near the parking lot exit if you want to get out quickly, although you'll have to do some walking to get to the theater.
  • Check the website to see what items are allowable, then call to verify.
  • Bring a jacket. It can get chilly, even in the summer months.
  • Use the restroom facility early to avoid long lines.
  • Ladies, wear comfy shoes. There's a small hike from the parking lot to your seats, so don't wear heels for this date night. Definitely, break out those cute flats. It's a half mile from the entrance gates of the Amphitheater to the seating area. Trams are available for those who have difficulties walking, but make sure to allow additional time for tram lines.

Upcoming schedule:

Black Sabbath

Wednesday, Aug 28 7:30 PM    

Pacific Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Saturday, Aug 31 8:00 PM          

America's Most Wanted Festival: Lil Wayne, T.I. & Future

Sunday, Sep 1  7:00 PM   

Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney & DJ Pauly D

Friday, Sep 6  7:30 PM      

Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, Sep 7  7:00 PM

Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival: Alice In Chains, Janes Addiction, & Coheed And Cambria

Friday, Sep 13  2:00 PM    

Rascal Flatts & The Band Perry

Saturday, Sep 14 7:00 PM

The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Dave Chappelle & Flight Of The Conchords

Sunday, Sep 15  5:00 PM

Epicenter Festival

Saturday, Sep 21  12:00 PM        

Honda Civic Tour: Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson & Rozzi Crane

Friday, Oct 4   7:00 PM                                   

How The West Was Won: Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube & The Game

Saturday, Oct 12   5:30 PM         

 Address and Contact Information

 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8808 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, CA 92618

Recorded Info:  (949) 855-6111

Box Office:  (714) 755-5799

Terry Winkler is an OC native, who loves sharing all the great things Irvine and Orange County has to offer and is the founder of Enter Stage Write an OC theater blog.