Located in The Woodlands is one of the world’s top amphitheaters: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Next April marks the venue’s 30th anniversary, and the first three concerts to take the famed stage were the Houston Symphony, Frank Sinatra and Clint Black. In recent years, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Tom Petty, Lyle Lovett and Leon Bridges have headlined this popular destination and gathering spot.
 
In 2016, the pavilion introduced its 21,000-square-foot Pavilion Event Center, which can accommodate more than 3,000 guests and is available for rentals mid-March through mid-November (when it then transforms into a community ice-skating rink). Two air walls can divide the space into three separate rooms, each with its own multimedia capabilities. 

The Pavilion introduced the two-story Woodforest Bank Club, a year-round facility that is available for private events any time outside of concert performances, in 2017.  The venue includes an expansive, wrap-around second-level patio, three bars and a catering kitchen. To set the mood for your team’s inner rock stars, a memorabilia wall showcases photographs, signed guitars and concert posters of various artists who have performed on the venue’s main stage since its inception in 1990. Catering is provided by Wicked Whisk Catering

Ashley Gravois, public relations and educational outreach manager for the pavilion, says that the event center is typically rented out by large corporate organizations for trainings, retreats and company-wide events. Bands playing at the pavilion usually host meet-and-greets at the center before their shows. And the club, she says, is popular for more intimate gatherings, such as wedding showers, reunions and business meetings. 

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