The iconic Hilde Performance Center is one of Plymouth's defining landmarks. The 45-foot tall open-air facility is built for excellent acoustics in an outdoor setting. A glass wall in the back of the bandshell allows the audience to view the natural beauty of Plymouth's wetlands beyond the stage.
Designed by the architects who created the Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis, the Hilde features the acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra each summer at Music in Plymouth.
The bandshell is home to the Live at the Hilde concert series, which is presented by independent concert promotions company Sue McLean & Associates. Live at the Hilde has featured Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, local music legends, upcoming superstars and more at multiple shows during the summer.
The facility also hosts a wide variety of community events, such as Kids Fest, Bark in the Park, Movies in the Park, Zoomobile visits, musicians, car shows, magicians and more – drawing tens of thousands to the Hilde each year.
The Hilde Performance Center was made possible through a $1 million donation by former Mayor Al Hilde, Jr. and his wife, Jayne. Hilde was Plymouth's mayor from 1968-1978.
The Hilde Performance Center is located at 3500 Plymouth Blvd. – behind Plymouth City Hall and adjacent to Life Time Fitness.
Entrances and paths leading to the Hilde Center are located:
- On Plymouth Boulevard between Life Time Fitness and City Hall
- At the far end (north) of the City Hall parking lot
- Behind City Hall (off 34th Avenue N.)
- At the south end of the Life Time Fitness parking lot
Please note: Due to mature trees surrounding the Hilde Center and natural amphitheater area, the band shell can be difficult to see from the street during summer months.
- Central entryway
- Secondary stage
- Portable restrooms
- Pond deck
- Concessions area
- Water fountain
- Outdoor musical instruments
- Paved trails
- Open green space
Some on-street parking is available in the City Center area for Hilde events. Parking may also be available in the City Hall parking lot, though availability can be limited to reserved or handicapped parking – depending on the event.