The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman is an outdoor amphitheater located in The Woodlands, TX. Surrounded by lush forests, The Pavilion provides the Greater Houston region with an array of performing arts events, educational outreach programs and contemporary entertainment.
The Pavilion is also known as The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
George P. Mitchell, founder of The Woodlands, along with his wife Cynthia Woods Mitchell, for whom The Pavilion is named, dreamed of creating a first-class performing arts facility for The Woodlands since the community’s inception in 1974. They envisioned the facility as a venue for classical performances and educational events, as well as popular music.
The dream became a reality when The Pavilion opened with a star-studded gala weekend in April 1990. The Houston Symphony performed April 27, Frank Sinatra April 28, and Alabama with Clint Black on April 29. Since then, it has earned praise from both artists and audiences alike. The Pavilion now presents between 50 and 65 events every March through December, events ranging in style from rock to classical, jazz to country, and modern opera to contemporary American ballet.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is the Summer Home of the Houston Symphony, the Home Away from Home of the Houston Ballet, and a presenting venue for the Houston Grand Opera and Texas Music Festival Orchestra.
The Pavilion’s national commercial attractions are produced and promoted by Live Nation. Performing arts events, including the annual Children’s Festival, are produced and promoted by The Pavilion.
About The Woodlands
Located approximately 30 miles north of downtown Houston, The Woodlands officially opened in 1974. The Woodlands is a master-planned community with approximately 110,000 residents and approximately 2,000 businesses. The Woodlands is well known for its extensive parks and recreation, golf, corporate headquarters, schools, places of worship, shopping, dining, hospitality, healthcare and much more. Today, there are more than 125 parks and more than 200 miles of hike and bike trails.
Did you know that The Woodlands outdoor sculpture collection is the largest of its kind for an area of its size? The Pavilion hosts four of the sculptures onsite.
Commemorative Tribute to Cynthia Woods Mitchell
Sculptor: Jay Hester, Boerne, TX
Description: Cynthia Woods Mitchell reading to children. Given by her husband, George P. Mitchell, in recognition of her love for children and passion for the arts.
Installed: Mother’s Day, 2001
Commemorative Tribute to George P. Mitchell
Sculptor: Jay Hester, Boerne, TX
Description: George Mitchell with two of his grandsons. Bronze sculpture weighing between 1,200 and 1,500 lbs.
Installed: October 23, 1997
The dedication of the “Cynthia Woods Mitchell Smokedance Garden” was held April 29, 2010, prior to a Houston Symphony concert. The dedication included a butterfly release in Cynthia Mitchell’s honor.
Ode to Joy
In 2014, eight benches were installed along The Waterway as part of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council fundraiser and awareness program. The bench is located just outside of the South Gates and is named “Ode to Joy.” California artist Dan Skaggs designed the piece.