Step Inside: Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Oregon

Hayden Homes Amphitheater is Bend, Oregon’s largest outdoor music venue. Located at 344 SW Shevlin-Hixon Drive, Bend, OR, 97702, the giant amphitheater can be found right in the city’s Old Mill District, surrounded by thriving businesses, restaurants and residential developments.

The venue is known for bringing major artists to Central Oregon, with everyone from John Legend and Sam Hunt to The Roots, Weezer and boygenius playing there.

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Hayden Homes Amphitheater History

Opened in 2002 and originally named after the Central Oregon businessman Les Schwab, Hayden Homes Amphitheater is an outdoor music and events venue located in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon. Sitting along the west bank of the Deschutes River, the amphitheater is the largest outdoor music venue in the state, accommodating up to 8,000 attendees for its annual slate of shows.

Major artists who’ve played the venue in its more than two decades of operation include Willie Nelson; Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Beach Boys; Bob Dylan; Coldplay; ZZ Top; Paul Simon; Ringo Starr & His All Star Band; Dave Matthews Band; The Chicks; Fiona Apple; Norah Jones and more.

In 2020, the amphitheater underwent significant renovations to better host larger productions, and re-opened in 2021 with improved views, new seating areas and an updated design. By the end of the year, the venue had been rechristened after Central Oregon home builder Hayden Homes.

Get to Know Hayden Homes Amphitheater

Venue Features

The layout of Hayden Homes Amphitheater involves the stage and a large, natural grass slope for general admission seating in an outdoor setting with views of both the Cascade Mountains and the Deschutes River.

In the 2023 season, the venue updated its sound system to a new Meyer Sound PANTHER-based system of large-format linear line array loudspeakers.

Seating and Viewing Options

Hayden Homes Amphitheater’s lawn holds up to 8,000 concertgoers, with the majority of concerts and other events utilizing general admission seating on the lawn. Some ticketed shows, however, will feature a section of reserved seating directly in front of the stage with the general admission lawn behind. (Configuration of the reserved seating varies by artist and concert.) Select shows also offer a premium general admission area, which functions much like pit access. Lawn chair rentals are available for reservation when purchasing tickets, or arriving at the venue while supplies last.

Check out Hayden Homes Amphitheater’s seating layout (by upcoming act) here.

Venue Accessibility

ADA seating is available when purchasing tickets. The venue offers an accessible entrance as well as flat, paved ADA accessible pathways and synthetic turf near the front of the stage. ADA accessible parking is available along Shevlin-Hixon Drive as well as in the gravel parking lot across from the amphitheater. Accessible drop-off at the gate closest to the stage is also an option for concertgoers who prefer to be dropped off ahead of the show.

Parking and Admission at Hayden Homes Amphitheater

On show nights at Hayden Homes Amphitheater, concertgoers can look for “Event Parking” signs throughout the surrounding Old Mill District. Paid parking lots open one hour before doors. Bike parking is also available along Shevlin-Hixon Drive and near Will Call close to the venue’s main gates. (No overnight parking or RV parking permitted near the amphitheater.)

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Food & Drink Near Hayden Homes Amphitheater

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Hotels Near Hayden Homes Amphitheater

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