Venue Guide: Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD
Apr 6, 2023
Since 1981, the Pier Six Pavilion has been one of Baltimore’s most instantly identifiable landmarks, with a white big-top tent ceiling that’s become a defining feature of the city’s waterfront. Known for many years as the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, the venue acquired the MECU name in 2018 when the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore purchased the naming rights, however this was short lived, as the venue once again became known as Pier Six Pavilion just a few short years later. With a capacity of 4,600 split between covered seating and an open-air lawn, Pier Six Pavilion is Baltimore’s premier venue for outdoor summer concerts.
In its early-’80s infancy, the Pavilion was the place to catch legends like Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald in their golden years. In the ‘90s, it was a destination for classic-rock warhorses like Jethro Tull and The Doobie Brothers, and jam-band descendents like Widespread Panic and The String Cheese Incident. While that traditionalist tilt is still in effect today, the Pavilion has more recently played host to modern-rock phenoms like Machine Gun Kelly and Greta Van Fleet.
Located on Pier 6 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Pier Six Pavilion is the heart of one of Baltimore’s busiest destination zones. As such, its surrounding area is teeming with restaurants and prime patios, including the local chapter of the Hard Rock Cafe, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and high-end Japanese eatery Azumi. Or, if you want to make a day of it, spend the afternoon before your show exploring the nearby National Aquarium.
The venue doesn’t have an on-site lot, but several independently operated garages are in close proximity. The preferred parking option for Pier Six Pavilion is Harbor Park Garage (55 Market Place).
Yes, concessions stands are located throughout the venue and serve standard outdoor-event fare like cheeseburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and nachos.
The Pavilion features a general-admission pit in front of the stage, three tiers of covered seating and a general-admission lawn area.
The venue forbids weapons of any kind, glass bottles or cans, alcohol, laser pointers and backpacks. All guests will be subject to metal detectors and/or a physical pat-down.
|Pier Six Pavilion At A Glance|
|Venue Name||Pier Six Pavilion|
|Address||731 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202|
|Phone #||(410) 547-7200|
|Operator||City of Baltimore|
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