The Herberger Theater Center is set to open its new outdoor stage, The Pavilion, to the public this upcoming Saturday, Nov. 14. Built with the safety of guests, staff and volunteers in mind, the outdoor space welcomes guests back to the theater with socially distanced seating at the Festival of the Arts. The festival returns to downtown Phoenix for the 11th straight year, offering free performances to the community, 11am–6pm.
The re-imagined hybrid festival will feature live performances on the outdoor stage, aerials and artist demos (in a safe and physically distanced space) as well as virtual offerings — performances and online vendor market. At its current capacity, the space will seat approximately 160 guests, who will follow social distancing guidelines. As restrictions loosen, The Pavilion could accommodate more than 300 guests.
Guests attending the Festival of the Arts can purchase a parking pass from the Herberger Theater’s Box Office the day of the event and park at the Arizona Center Parking Garage, located at 5th Street and Fillmore for $6. Guests will not need their parking pass until they leave the garage.
The event is sponsored by Billie Jo & Judd Herberger, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Jennings Strouss, Kathleen and John Graham, Mike Parrish, Ankura, Arizona Center, Alan & Char Augenstein, John and Stephanie Weldon, Scott Frerichs, Jill and Kipp Clark, Debra and Jim Larson, AO Tucker Photography and Raising Arizona Kids.
The festival kicks off The Art of Celebration series at the theater, featuring a variety of outdoor performances through April 2021. In late November, Arizona Opera presents a new collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera on an outdoor opera film festival staged on The Pavilion, adding another family-friendly program to its Reimagined 2020–21 Season. In December, the sights and sounds of the holidays will fill The Pavilion as one of the Valley’s most celebrated actresses, Katie McFadzen, brings to life Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol presented by Childsplay under the stars, lights and chandeliers. The Herberger Theater will also host Lunch Time Theater, a concert series and Performance Discoveries by local performers and organizations.
The continued health and well-being of guests, artists, volunteers, and staff is of the upmost priority. Information about enhanced safety procedures can be found at herbergertheater.org/covid-19-protocols.
Find more information on the Festival of the Arts here: herbergertheater.org/herberger-theater-festival-of-the-arts.