If you love music, sunsets, Lake Michigan beach towns and truly world-class talent, we’ve got good news: Summer Sessions is back and we promise that there will be a lot to love.

Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium

1 S. Harbor Drive
Grand Haven MI

Summer Sessions was originally launched in 2019 and held two concerts in its inaugural year. Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium had just been completed and the potential was set for the newly formed concert series to grow and become one of the premier summer concert events in the Midwest. But then the pandemic came in waves, dampening the hopes and dreams of what could be a truly remarkable and magical opportunity to celebrate all the best of Michigan Summer.

Thankfully, there were a few people not willing to let this visionary ambition end. And through hard work, determined planning and key support from community members and area businesses, this truly special series is back on track for the summer of 2022!

Frequently Asked Questions

The fenced capacity is approximately 1500.  

Courtyard Concerts is the exclusive promoter for Summer Sessions per agreement with the City of Grand Haven. There will be four shows each summer. Courtyard Concerts is a 501(c)(3) community organization. Visit courtyardconcerts.org for more info.

Where do I get tickets? Tickets are available online at summersessionsgh.com. You can also call 616-930-4755 for tickets. The Courtyard Concerts Box Office is currently open on Fridays from 4-7pm. On the day of the show, tickets are available at the Courtyard Concerts Box Office which will be open 4-7pm. Will Call tickets will also be available during scheduled Box Office hours. An I.D. matching the purchaser’s name is required to pick up tickets.

When buying tickets, you can request that they be mailed to you (you will be asked to provide address, city, state and zip code during the purchasing process), or you can ask that they be available at “Will Call”. 

The Box Office is located at 1 N Harbor on the east side of the building at the top of the stadium facing Harbor Drive.  

You must have your physical ticket(s) to enter. Confirmation emails on your cell phone are not valid for entry. 

Other small items you may want to consider bringing:

  • Your physical ticket(s). VERY IMPORTANT!
  • You may bring water in clear plastic unopened bottles so long as it fits in the stadium bag described above. You may bring your personal water bottle, but it must be empty at the point of entry. A free Hyrdoz water filling station is available in the stadium during the concert.  If you want, you can carry in some ice in the stadium size bag. Other beverage containers are not allowed whether opened or not. Food and beverages are available in our concession area. 
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun Screen.
  • Hats but no tall hats.
  • Cell phones for emergency calls, but not for audio/video recording please.
  • A positive attitude and a smile!
  • Effective July 12, 2022, there are no chair restrictions although low profile chairs are encouraged. Please consider not blocking the view of others. We do reserve the right to ask you to relocate if you are blocking the view of others. If your chair is in a chair bag, please remove the chair as you go through security check-in so the bag can be inspected. Blankets may be used for seating, but please restrict the size to what’s required for your seats. 

Note that an area in front of the stage will be reserved for standing only and no chairs will be allowed in that area.

On the “floor” of the stadium, there is a section with chairs that are reserved for our premier sponsors and VIP ticket holders. Please don’t sit there unless you are part of the sponsor group or a VIP ticket holder. Please keep your VIP ticket available upon request.

At present time we are not renting or selling chairs. VIP tickets provide one chair per ticket. Contact 616.930.4755 for more info about VIP tickets.

Concerts start at 6:30pm with gates opening at 5:30pm. Shows should end around 9:30pm or earlier, but are at the artists discretion. Soon after the show ends, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain will begin their nightly show. You can stick around for the Fountain shows if you desire. As concert goers are leaving, people will be entering for the free Fountain shows. You may not carry any alcohol out when you depart. 

There is one entry gate on the southeast corner of the stadium for General Admission ticket holders. You can line up as early as you like, but you cannot use any “place-holders” in the line such as chairs, blankets, etc. You must be present in the line to hold your spot. Re-entry after entering the gate is not permitted. Please don’t ask. 

Shops in the depot building are open to the general public that may or may not be attending the concert.  Please leave clear space in front of their doors and service windows.  

For the safety and comfort of our guests, here is a list of prohibited items:

  • Weapons. This includes any type of gun regardless of any permits to carry, knives of any kind or size, mace, pepper spray, or any item deemed unacceptable by gate or security personnel.
  • Alcohol. Beer, wine, and canned cocktail beverages can be purchased in the concession area adjacent to the stadium on the north side. Any alcohol product not purchased from our concessions will be confiscated. All policies regarding alcohol comply with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission Code.
  • Bags. Backpacks and large bags are not allowed. For small items, consider using a “Stadium Bag”. These are clear plastic bags 12″x6″x12″. Stadium bags are available on Amazon for $1.60 to $15.00. Alternatively, store your small items in a clear plastic gallon size zip lock bag. Any bags deemed unacceptable by gate or security personnel will not be allowed.
  • Baby strollers and carriages.
  • SLR Cameras. Audio/Video Recording Equipment. Artists contracts require us to make our best effort to restrict the use of these devices. You may see some professional audio/video recording happening when the promoter or artists hire these professionals.
  • Any food or drink. However, you may bring water in clear plastic unopened bottles so long as it fits in the stadium bag described above. You may bring your personal water bottle, but it must be empty at the point of entry. A free Hyrdoz water filling station is available in the stadium during the concert.  If you want, you can carry in some ice in the stadium size bag. Other beverage containers are not allowed whether opened or not. Food and beverages are available in our concession area. 
  • Pets. An exception is people with disabilities with their service animal.
  • Drones of any type.
  • Use of cigarettes, E-cigarettes, and cigars & pipes except in a designated smoking area.
  • Any illegal substances.
  • Aerosol cans, bull horns, and bells. Non-aerosol insect repellent is allowed.
  • Large umbrellas. Small umbrellas are allowed if needed for inclement weather conditions. Please be courteous to others by not blocking their view.
  • Consider a rain poncho. 
  • Any item deemed unsafe by our security personnel at their sole discretion or if required by contract with the artists.
  • If you’re unsure about bringing something, it’s best to just not bring it or send an email to info@sevenstepsup.com. It may not be possible to answer email on day of show, so ask in advance please. You can also call our Box Office number with questions: 616-930-4755.

Yes. A special section is available at the top of the stadium for those who need to sit in their chair. Several tables are in the ADA area that accommodate wheel chairs. One companion may sit with you. If room allows, additional companions can join you. An ADA compliant portable restroom is available at the back of the concession area at the north side of the stadium.

All seating other than VIP is general admission and is first come/first served. VIP seating will be first come, first served. If you try to reserve your space with chairs or blankets prior to the gates opening, any items will be moved to the entry gate. 

There are no designated parking areas, so use any of the numerous public parking lots in the city.

For questions, contact us by email at: info@sevenstepsup.com or call 616.930.4755. Please note that questions submitted on the day of the show may or may not get a response. Best to ask earlier.

All shows are “rain or shine”. If there is inclement weather, shows could be delayed. If bad weather passes, the promoters will decide whether the show can continue. Lightning storms and tornado warnings may require the concert to end. There are no refunds for weather canceled shows.

All policies and restrictions are subject to change at anytime and without notice. The promoter (Courtyard Concerts), its contractors, the City of Grand Haven, and the performing artists and crews are not responsible for injury or damage at the stadium venue.

The promoter is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged tickets or for any tickets sold on a 3rd party platform. To ensure that your tickets are valid, only purchase from www.sevenstepsup.com or at the Box Office. All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges including but not limited to failure of the performer(s) to appear, changes in performer(s)or cancellation due to inclement weather.