The Rotary Amphitheater is Fresno's premier amphitheater in a unique and intimate outdoor setting. The theater is situated in Woodward Park, a 300-acre facility located on the south bank of the San Joaquin River between Highway 41 and Friant Road. It is nestled within lakes, streams, trees and trails and comfortably seats 3,500 people in orchestral, plaza and terraced lawn areas in continuation of the Greek open amphitheater tradition. Many patrons are surprised by the intimacy of the theater and how close all of the seats are to the stage.
Plenty of parking is reserved for Rotary Amphitheater patrons next to the venue. No outside food and beverages may be brought into the venue and all shows are produced rain or shine. The amphitheater now features a beautiful shade structure that reduces the ambient temperature in the seating area about twenty or more degrees and shelters patrons from about 70% of any rain drops!
The amphitheater has hosted such nationally renown stars of contemporary jazz as Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Richard Elliot, Boney James, Michale Lington, The Philippe Saisse Trio, The Jeanette Harris Band and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra. In addition, the amphitheater has hosted several country music stars and even comedy great Paul Rodriguez.