Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD)

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INFO Merriweather Post Pavilion is an outdoor music venue located at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, Maryland, in an area known as “Symphony Woods.” The venue was named after Post Foods heiress Marjorie Merriweather... ... read more

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    Columbia, MD
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    10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
    Columbia, MD 21044

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Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD) Information

Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD) - Concert Venue in Washington, DC.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is an outdoor music venue located at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, Maryland, in an area known as “Symphony Woods.” The venue was named after Post Foods heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 1967, Merriweather Post Pavilion was originally built to house the National Symphony Orchestra in the summertime and has undergone many changes over the years. For example, 700 truckloads of dirt were brought in to regrade the lawn in the 1980s, which formed the lawn's current slope that allows guests to view the stage from anywhere on the grass. Subsequently, the first fifteen rows of seats were removed to allow for a mosh pit for a Green Day concert. The environmentally conscious venue has solar panels that provide the energy for the house lights and utilizes composting as a method of waste removal.

Performances at Merriweather Post Pavilion span a vast array of genres including rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic, alternative, and classical music. Past performers at Merriweather Post Pavilion include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin. Some of the annual festivals at Merriweather Post Pavilion are Sunday in the Country and the Sweetlife Festival. Tailgating at Merriweather Post Pavilion is not permitted.

Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia, MD) User Reviews

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A Venue For Everyone
Ian M. May 10, 2013
Merriweather Post Pavilion is not easily forgotten. Nestled in Columbia, Maryland, this amphitheater is the premier outdoor venue for music in Maryland. The lawn, shaded seats, and “pit” provide a range of seating options for those in attendance. The lawn itself has a gradual incline, creating optimal viewing from almost any position, while the “pit”, located directly in front of the stage, allows a small few to experience a show similar to that of a festival. The beauty of Merriweather comes from more than its main stage. The forty-acre lot allows the grounds to be used for more than simply concerts. Merriweather will occasionally play host to a variety of festivals, with themes ranging from music to art and cuisine. While most venues pride themselves on their tailgating prowess, Merriweather has steadily reduced tailgating over the years. The parking grounds, which used to house a wide variety of pre-show “activities”, have slowly been tamed. Solo cups and low volume are still allowed for those who arrive early. The venue has been revered by many, including the band “Animal Collective”, who named their 2009 album after the pavilion. Merriweather’s simplicity and beauty have people marking their calendars in early January for the Spring and Summer lineup. If your favorite band, or even an act you may be unfamiliar with, is playing at Merriweather, make an effort to attend.
A Venue We Take For Granted
Max M. May 7, 2013
Growing up in Maryland, I often went to Merriweather. It almost became a summer ritual. Looking back, I think we all took it for granted. Here, in our backyard, was a venue designed around simplicity and comfort. A venue so well-rounded and revered that bands such as O.A.R and Animal Collective regard it as their favorite. Offering both lawn and seating options, Merriweather has something for everyone. While tailgating has gradually been removed, the venue itself has not lost any charm. The plot of land is staggering; large enough for an entire one-day music festival (Sweetlife). If weather permits, it is an ideal spot to lie on the hill, watch your favorite bands, and revel in aura created by such a serene environment.
Great summer time venue
Lindsey W. Mar 7, 2013
This is a great place to go for a summer time concert. It's super laid back, very serene and offers plenty of space. Although it is outside and not accessible by metro, it's still super easy to get to.
Much more than just a lawn.
Santiago B. Mar 4, 2013
As a resident of the Washington D.C. area I can honestly say this is my favorite venue on the East Coast. I have been to it on various occasions and every time is a whirlwind of excitement, great music, and a breath taking location. Merriweather Post Pavilion is a venue with extensive history. Some notable acts that have trampled through are, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Blink 182, Weezer, Deadmau5, and many more. It is also the venue which inspired the 2009 Animal Collective album, Merriweather Post Pavilion. It is not hard to see why this venue was selected as inspiration. The lawn on a summer night is about as good as it gets and if you're lucky enough to go to one of their bigger festivals, such as Virgin Free Fest, you may get to experience the entirety of the venue. When the venue is 100% open there is the main lawn and pavilion, a dance forest located behind the pavilion, and an approximately three to four acre forest which separates the main pavilion from the second stage which is a massive field that will take you straight back to the 60's. Unless they have recently upgraded their sound system they could definitely use an investment. The sound on the lawn can get slightly echoey so if you are going for music you love, get a pit or pavilion ticket, you can always party on the lawn as well when it gets wild. Food is quite good yet it can run slightly expensive but there is a good amount of variety including everything from the usual hot dogs and chicken tenders to the signature Maryland sandwich, the Crab Cake Sandwich. Get out to Merriweather Post Pavilion, the vibes are there. Add good weather and she'll never let you down.
Favorite Summer Concert Venue!
Lauren G. Jan 4, 2013
I absolutely love Merriweather Post Pavilion. I've been on the lawn, in the pavilion seats, and had general admissions floor seats as well. Everything about Merriweather provides a whole-hearted summer experience. From the lawn, you can experience a more relaxed experience, where you can still see the stage pretty decently. I would recommend getting seats or floor tickets if you're seeing a band you love or you might be disappointed by the viewing you get from the lawn. From the lawn, as night approaches, you can also get a nice view of the stars on a clear night, which is awesome. I recommend bringing blankets or lawn chairs and weather appropriate gear. The lawn is much more of a laid back, fun experience, where you can even buy ticket packages for big groups. The tickets are usually decently priced as well, less expensive than the Verizon Center. Merriweather hosts a variety of festivals, like Free-Fest, and brings in big names as well, such as Jack Johnson or Eric Church. All types of music, all types of fun - a perfect summer night. All my favorite summer memories as a concert junkie are from Merriweather Post Pavilion - you won't be disappointed!
Great summer venue
Christina W. Dec 11, 2012
I have been to many concerts and Merriweather Post Pavilion and so far all of them has been a good experience. I only sat in the seats once (which was great, because you could see really well) but I much prefer the lawn. It's such a great spot to just lay down a blanket and chill out while enjoying the music. Most concerts have three or four acts, a few openers followed by the headliner(s), so you can get there at 5pm and spend many hours chatting with friends, snacking on hot dogs, and enjoying yourself. My biggest suggestion is leave early. I generally try to clear out before the last encore, because if you wait you will spend an hour in parking lot traffic. The pavilion is gigantic, so with thousands of people trying to leave at once things can get really messy.
It was better when you could tailgate
Jody P. Nov 30, 2012
I really loved Merriweather Post Pavilion when tailgating was permitted. It is still a good venue to see music, but part of the fun of concerts is making a day of it which includes grilling and drinking beer with friends in the parking lot to get psyched for whatever show you are about to see. When they banned tailgating, most people just did it anyway, but then the venue started employing helicopters and security officers on golf carts to put an end to it. Eventually people started getting around it by parking at the nearby Mall in Columbia and tailgating in that parking lot before walking through Symphony Woods to the Pavilion. I don't think that is technically allowed, but no one seems to care since the mall is usually winding down when people get there to tailgate. The venue itself is really great on the inside. There is a seating area in front of the stage and a lawn area in the back where you can spread out a blanket and sit down while watching the show. They have big screens where you can watch the show close up if you are sitting far back. When I saw Kings of Leon there, they had a vintage pinball machine exhibit where you could actually play these old machines for a nickel which I thought was pretty cool. There is a good variety of food for purchase and concessions are expensive just like at most venues. Aside from the annoying no-tailgating rule, this is a good place to see a show.
My favorite concert venue
Rebecca K. Oct 13, 2012
I've been to many concerts here. I love sitting on the lawn and partying with all the other fans. Having seats under the pavilion does get you a closer look at the act performing. I've seen many shows here including Counting Crows, Alanis Morrisette, Phish, Maroon 5, James Taylor, and Katy Perry.
Great place for a summer concert
Rebecca F. Sep 5, 2012
I have seen many concerts over the years at Merriweather. Always a good time. I have sat on the lawn for Pearl Jam and in the seats for Jack Johnson and OAR to name a few. Definitely been caught in a few rain downpours and was thankful to be under cover. If you can get the VIP pass- it is a must. Pre-party on the deck is the way to start the night.
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