Frost Amphitheater Information

Frost Amphitheater

About Frost Amphitheater

The Frost Amphitheater is located at 351 Lasuen Street, Stanford, CA 94305. It first opened in the 1930s, and has become a key part of local culture. Situated on the world-famous Stanford University campus, the venue benefits from a large local student population, as well as the massive San Francisco Bay Area population.

For this reason, plenty of famous acts visit. In a typical year, the amphitheater hosts musical concerts, live orchestras, festivals, and other functions. It’s also the site for several official Stanford University events.

Frost Amphitheater is also a very flexible space. There can be reserved seating, lawn areas, and general admission, all at the same show — you might also find that some events are just general admission. Operated by Stanford Live, it combines with the local Bing Concert Hall to host the majority of the town’s visiting performing arts acts.

Sandford University

Frost Amphitheater is an incredible outdoor venue located at Stanford University. Stanford University, officially known as Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in California. It’s one of the largest universities in the country occupying a space of 8,180 acres with an average enrollment around 17,000 students. Many university analysts and educators consider Stanford to be one of the most prestigious universities in the world and that makes graduation from the university one of the biggest badges of honor for their students.

So it’s no surprise that its amenities and facilities are considered some of the best in the world. That includes Frost Amphitheater (officially known as The Laurence Frost Amphitheater).


As you would expect, the history of Frost Amphitheater is tied to Stanford University. It was built in 1937 with money gifted by the parents of John Frost, a recent Stanford graduate who died shortly after leaving the university. The venue was designed by Leslie Kiler, covering 20 acres of a natural, grassy bowl on the campus.

At the time of its founding, Frost Amp was best known as being the site of commencement ceremonies for the university. This lasted from 1938-1984. But during this time, the space was used for a variety of other events as well, as evidenced by photographs of major performers including Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young attending the venue. But one of the most famous historical incidents was when the venue was the site of a speech by then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1992.

The venue would later see renovations and updates, with the most recent being in the 2010s. In its early years, the Frost Amphitheater was used for Stanford commencement ceremonies and to host notable speakers. Shortly after, it began to hold musical shows — mainly jazz and pop performances — including appearances by acts such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

In the 1960s, the local Bay Area rock scene had a significant influence on the venue. This saw the arena begin to host acts such as Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Santana. Local rock legends Grateful Dead also appeared many times.

Since then, the amphitheater has become known for its mix of star-studded shows, relaxed atmosphere, and beautiful surroundings. It continues to host music concerts, the Frost Music and Arts Festival, and other local and international shows throughout the summer months.


Over the years, Frost Amp has played host to a variety of star-studded events. This includes several concerts by some of the world’s biggest bands, performers, and musicians. This isn’t a surprise to anyone until you realize how often these entertainers come back.

For example, The Grateful Dead played 14 shows at the Amp in 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989. This may have helped spur on the Stanford Concert Network (SCN). The SCN is a student run organization that has hosted an annual Frost Music and Arts Festival at the Amp each May. The event featured headliners Modest Mouse, MGMT, Dispatch, Flume, and Fetty Wap, as well as Eyes Lips Eyes, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Delorean, Kuroma, Paper Void, Yeasayer, Kaytranada, AlunaGeorge, and Sage the Gemini. For many students and attendees, the performers featured at the festival become their new favorite performers in a variety of genres.

Perhaps most famously of all, the venue hosts a jazz or classical concert and fireworks display every 3rd of July.


When you look up reviews of Frost Amp, you’ll find high-ratings and frequent praise. One of the most common sources of praise can be attributed towards the majestic and simple beauty of the venue especially with how the stage is surrounded by trees. Fans will also comment on the diverse and welcoming crowd that seems accepting of a variety of age groups and backgrounds. 

The acoustics are also frequently praised for being perfectly balanced so music is clear without being too loud so you can hear the person next to you, even during the loudest or most wild concert events.

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Frost Amphitheater Seating Chart:
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