Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center History

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center has been a part of the Darien Lake theme park since the Nineties when it opened as a replacement for the Lakeside Amphitheater which had previously held concerts at the park. It is the third largest music venue in western New York and attracts big name performers when it hosts concerts during the summer months, occasionally holding concerts when the theme park is closed. The Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, or PAC as it is called locally, is operated separately from the park by Live Nation. Tickets are available to attend only the concerts or can be upgraded to a Park Combo Pass which allows access to the theme park as well.

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Events

Each summer Darien Lake Performing Arts Center brings in top notch headliners to hit its stage and draws in fans from all over New York to catch a concert at this unique venue. Performers at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center include the Backstreet Boys, Journey, Steve Miller, Fall Out Boy, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blake Shelton, Drake, KISS, and more. The venue is also home to big time music festivals including the Vans Warped Tour and the Kingdom Bound Festival.

Buffalo, New York

Following New York City, Buffalo is the second most populous city in all of New York and offers visitors a bevy of entertainment options. Buffalo is often referred to as the Queen City, a reference to its status as the second largest city in New York. The waterfront area of Buffalo is a great place to enjoy a leisurely stroll as it is where the Buffalo River, the Niagara Rivers, and Lake Erie meet. There are several great parks to visit in Buffalo including the Olmstead Park and Parkway System which is the most popular and well worth a visit. If you are looking to catch some sports you can catch a Buffalo Sabres NHL game or a Buffalo Bills NFL game if you are in town at the right time of the year.

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Seating Layout

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center allows 21,600 guests for its biggest concerts which are typically general admission. If you would like to be close to the action on stage you had better arrive early to stake out a spot, or you can enjoy different vantage points as you and your friends roam around the venue. It is always a good idea to arrive early and upgrade your ticket to a Park Combo Pass and enjoy some of the rides and attractions that Darien Lake has to offer. There is an abundance of things to do at Lake Darien so be sure to take full advantage of your visit.


Darien Lake was originally established as a campground and there are still camping areas onsite which can be a great idea to use when attending a concert if you would like to enjoy a concert at night and spend the next day enjoying rides like Boomerang, Hoot N Holler, Motocoaster, Mind Eraser, or others.

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