Animals can be unpredictable and may cause harm to other guests or staff. For this reason, with the exception of service animals (such as seeing-eye dogs), guests are asked to not bring animals (of any nature) to The Pavilion.
Aerosol cans are not permitted for fire safety reasons. The contents of these cans are under pressure and contain flammable substances. If you'd like to bring in sunscreen or insect repellent, etc., you may do so in a pump spray form.
Professional cameras, those with detatchable lenses (i.e. Canon and Nikon DSLRs, 35mm, etc.) are not permitted at The Pavilion. Smaller film and digital cameras, and cell phone cameras are allowed on a case-by-case basis. To confirm, call the Pavilion information line at 281 363-3300 on the day of the show to check if any cameras will be allowed for that particular show.
Beverages are not allowed for many reasons: TABC laws prohibit guests from bringing alcoholic beverages into The Pavilion; containers may be thrown and could harm other guests. Any non-plastic bottles or bottles with lids will not be permitted. If you need to bring in non-permitted items for medical purposes, please contact the appropriate gate supervisor, who can have the item brought to First Aid.
Personal Chairs are not permitted. Lawn chairs will differ in size and shape. A guest might bring a chair that blocks the view of other guests or that is not safe for the grade of The Pavilion's hill. Because there are so many types of chairs, it is the policy to not to allow any chairs into the facility. The Pavilion has specially-designed chairs that can be rented at many performance events. These lawn chairs are offered for free at all performing arts events.
Personal Electronic Devices, such as portable televisions and radios, laptops and tablets, such as iPads and Kindles (of any size) are not permitted in the facility because they are a distraction to other guests and the artist.
Strollers and playpens are not permitted as they present a safety hazard to the children in them. The strollers are not safe on The Pavilion stairs and hill. In the seating area, the strollers block aisles and violate state fire codes.
Weapons of any kind are not permitted for obvious safety reasons. This policy includes pocket knives and small chains. Some may not consider these items threatening, but they can cause harm. While it is legal, with a permit, to carry a concealed handgun in Texas, The Pavilion does not allow guns in the facility; a policy they are allowed to enforce since they are privately owned.
There are certain items that some performers will allow guests to have during their shows. There are also items that pose safety threats to guests depending on the type of show and the audience demographic the show attracts. It's always a good idea to call The Pavilion information line at 281 363-3300 on the day of the show to check which items are permitted for that particular show.
Small Blankets Guests may bring something no larger than the size of a regular bath towel to sit on. Large Blankets are not permitted as they have been used by guests to throw other guests into the air causing serious injury.
Food is now allowed to be brought in to The Pavilion at all events. At contemporary events (LiveNation concerts), each person is allowed to bring in a total of one gallon plastic bag of food for personal consumption (that is, all the food should be inside that one bag). At performing arts events (the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, etc.), there is not a one gallon plastic bag limit. Remember, no drinks (including water) can be brought into the venue at any time.
Umbrellas are allowed, but please be courteous, as open umbrellas can block the view of guests sitting behind you. Also, certain umbrellas have been used to cause injury to other guests. The decision on whether or not to allow umbrellas is based on the past history, attendance for the show, and the forecasted weather. You may bring a rain poncho or purchase a poncho at The Pavilion merchandise tent.
Cameras are not allowed at most shows at the artist's request. However, there are times when the artist will allow guests to bring small, non-professional cameras (which are typically cameras without detachable lenses) to the show. No audio or video recordings are permitted at any concert or show at The Pavilion. Photography and video, including with cellphones, are not allowed at Houston Symphony concerts or Houston Ballet performances at their request.
For more info: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Website