A Travel Guide to Phish Summer Tour 2020

by Sasha Savinov
Phish Summer Tour 2020

Phish fans unite! Our favorite 4-piece band has dropped their tour dates for an epic 27-show summer tour and it’s time to make those travel plans and get your hotels, Airbnbs, and campsites locked in. In this post, we’re taking a deep dive into all things travel like where to stay, where to eat, and things to do to make it easier to plan your summer tour. Let’s get this show on the road and see what’s ahead for Phish summer tour 2020!

Phish Summer Tour 2020

For their 2020 summer tour, Phish will be playing 27 shows in 13 cities. I know west-coast fans are stoked that Phish is kicking things off in Eugene, OR. It’s been two long years since Phish played any west coast shows and I, for one, am very happy to return to the best coast.

Phish summer tour 2020 consists of three 3-night runs, six 2-night runs, three standalone shows and will culminate at the 10th anniversary of their annual 3-night run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park near Denver, CO. This tour will also include the band’s first-ever performance in Arkansas and a special 3-night run on the beach in Atlantic City.

Here’s a closer look at each venue plus things to do and places to stay at each stop.

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This post is a work-in-progress so bookmark it. You’ll notice that not all the tour stops have places to eat and things to do. I wanted to get this published before all the tickets went on sale to help you save time finding places to book. I’ll add the rest as we get closer to showtime.

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Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking claws on Phish lot!

July 14-15 Matthew Knight Arena: Eugene, OR

Phish summer tour 2020 kicks off out west in Eugene with a 2-night indoor run. The shows are at Matthew Knight Arena, which is home to the Oregon Ducks basketball team.

The arena holds just over 12,000, so it’s hard to say what demand for tickets will be like. Since the shows are on Tuesday and Wednesday, it shouldn’t be too hard to get in the door if you’re not picky about where you sit.

Phish last played here back in 2014 on their fall tour. This will also be the first west coast show in two years, so expectations are high.

While tour openers always get knocked for the band being rusty, I feel like that won’t be the case this year. Trey will be nice and warmed up after several gigs with Oysterhead, while Page and Mike will be each have several shows with their side projects. I guess Fish will be doing Comptroller stuff in the off-season, or perhaps just ironing his moo-moo.

We’re flying out to Eugene for our first time there. If you have any travel tips, please drop us a comment and let us know! This will also be our first time hitting the Phish summer tour opener.

Where to stay in Eugene

Airbnb

Hotels

Where to Eat in Eugene

July 17-19 Gorge Amphitheatre: George, WA

Next up for the Phish from Vermont is a 3-night run at the legendary Gorge Amphitheater. This is far and away our favorite place to see our favorite band, and we’re super excited about making our 4th trip to the storied venue.

There’s just something special about the Gorge. Sure, Red Rocks is amazing, but my vote for the top venue in the country goes to this GORGEous place in George, Washington.

I’ll never forget the feeling of walking up the hill and seeing the Gorge for the first time ever back in 2009. It’s an absolutely breath-taking place and the perfect venue for Phish. I can’t wait to feel the feeling I forgot (or didn’t) at the Gorge once again.

We also went to the Gorge in 2011 (birthday show for this guy!) and again in ’16 as part of our month of music.

Two-night runs were always the standard for the Gorge, but that changed in 2018. It’s basically a festival now, just without a Ferris wheel.

While it’s on everyone’s bucket list, there’s no denying that the Gorge is a royal pain in the ass to get to. It takes over 2 hours from Seattle and about 4.5 from Portland. The juice is well worth the squeeze to make it here, though!

As it’s a massive venue that’s entirely GA, tickets should be easy for this one. Some years they are on the floor, but that’s not always the case. At the very least, you can rock up and just buy them at the box office.

Night two of the Gorge marks our 5-year wedding anniversary and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate! This should definitely be a highlight of Phish summer tour 2020.

phish summer tour gorge amphitheatre

We love the Gorge!

Where to stay:

Camp at the Gorge Amphitheatre Campgrounds

Where to eat:

BYO camping food or Shakedown

Things to do:

July 21-22 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys: Sateline, NV

The third stop of the tour is the scenic Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena. This venue will forever live in Phish lore for the Tahoe Tweezer from summer ’13, easily one of the best jams of the 3.0 era.

Located in Stateline, Nevada, the arena holds just 9,300. Even though these shows are in the middle of the week, they’re sure to be a hot ticket.

With the lake as its background, this is definitely one of the prettiest venues Phish plays. Their last run here came in the summer of 2018 when a 2-night run served as the tour opener.

We’ve never been to Tahoe but have heard great things. Since we’re already headed out west, we decided to try our luck at the lotto and actually scored tickets. We’re waiting to see if we can coordinate travel plans with friends but hope to be there!

Where to Stay in Lake Tahoe

Airbnb

Hotels

Where to eat in South Lake Tahoe

There are a million restaurants in the area but these come highly recommended:

July 24 The Forum: Inglewood, CA

People trying to do the whole tour got thrown a curveball (too soon?) with the next show. Rather than head to nearby San Francisco first, Phish hops all the way down to SoCal for a one-off show at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Since it’s so far out of the way, a lot of people will likely skip this one in favor of a day off before San Fran, ourselves included. I love Phish, but I’d rather have an extra day at the lake than drive all the way to LA just to turn around and head north again.

The Forum holds over 18,000 for concerts so it shouldn’t be a hard ticket. That being said, it’s still a Friday night in the 2nd biggest city in the country, so the floor and lower bowl will be packed.

While the Forum got a 2-night run in summer 2018, it’s usually a one night stand here. I’m sure this show will rage. We’ll just be raging it from the couch!

Where to Stay in Inglewood

Airbnb

A hotel is probably better for this standalone show unless you’re staying a couple of days. These are the cheapest Airbnbs I found in the area:

Hotels

Where to Eat in Inglewood:

July 25-26 Chase Center: San Francisco, CA

Phish summer tour 2020 rolls on with a 2-night run in San Francisco. This time, the band heads to the shiny new Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors.

The move to the arena marks a big change from the band’s previous SF runs in 3.0, all of which were held at the much smaller Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. All of those were 3-night runs as well.

While many fans are bemoaning the move, at least it won’t be such a freaking hard ticket this time around. Whereas Bill Graham only holds 8,500, the Chase Center can pack over 18,000 wooks in. Plus, indoor Phish in the summer is always great!

As is the case with many arena shows, floors and lower bowl seats might be a bit tough to snag. If you don’t mind partying in the uppers, this should be an easy ticket to acquire.

If we make it to Tahoe, we figure we might as well hit San Francisco as well. We haven’t been to Cali since we last saw Phish there back in 2013, so we’re long overdue for a visit!

phish summer tour san francisco

Phish SF ’13

Where to Stay in San Francisco

Airbnb

Hotels

Where to Eat in San Francisco (near the venue)

July 29 Walmart AMP: Rogers, AR

In their long and storied history, Phish has had a penchant for playing in random, out of the way places. That tradition continues with Phish summer tour 2020 as the band heads to Rogers, Arkansas on a Wednesday night.

Even better, the show is at the freaking Walmart Amphitheater. Seriously. Phish is playing Walmart in Arkansas on Wednesday. It’s actually the band’s first-ever show in the state, so I have a feeling this one is going to be a barnburner.

If you’re curious, it would be a 1,846-mile drive totaling 27 hours to get from the last show to this one. For those of you trying to pull the whole tour off – best of luck with that one!

We – like a majority of phans – will be sitting this one out. I’m sure it’s going to be a heater, but there’s just no way we can make this random one-off show happen. Instead, our plan is to finally do the Highway One trip down California to chill with my brother for a few days in LA before flying to ATL.

Where to Stay in Rogers

Airbnb

Hotels

Things to Do in and Around Rogers

  • Rent a pontoon on Beaver Lake
  • Play disc golf
  • Go mountain biking
  • Visit the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville (it’s FREE!)
  • Visit Hot Springs, AR on your way to the next show in Alabama (famous mobster hideout in the early 1900s)
  • Dig for your own diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park
  • Go to Eureka Springs and eat a burger at Rowdy Beaver

Special thanks to Dee – the Phish Chick who posted all these recs!

July 31 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre: Pelham, AL

Before the boys hit Hotlanta they have another one-off show, this one at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Alabama.

Unlike Arkansas, Phish has actually played a decent amount of shows here. The band has played the venue four times (’94, 99, ’12 and 14), and have played shows in other parts of Alabama as recently as 2015.

We were at that show in Tuscaloosa (my one and only night ever in Alabama) and it was actually tons of fun. For being in the Deep South, it was quite relaxed and the lot was raging.

This is an outdoor venue that’s smaller than many of the others on Phish summer tour 2020. It only fits 10,500 and it’s on a Friday night, so this one might be tough to score good seats to. Lawn Boys will likely still be easy, though.

Where to Stay in Pelham

Airbnb

Hotels

August 1-2 Piedmont Park: Atlanta, GA

Southern tour rolls on to a 2-night run in Atlanta next. While Phish has played many of their recent runs in the area in suburbs, this time the circus is actually coming to town.

The park is located in the heart of Midtown and should turn out to be an awesome venue to boogie…on reggae woman. It must be something in the water because Phish always crushes it when they have a few nights in the A.

As far as the experience and tickets, this one is interesting. Phish has never played here before, but Dave Matthews Band packed 80,000 into the park for a show in 2007. Fans seem to think Phish is shooting for somewhere in the 30-35,000 range, so we’ll see.

Either way, the show is totally general admission unless you’re custying up for the special Foundation tickets that Phish is selling for select shows this tour.

At $250 a pop plus fees, these are going to include special viewing areas, nice bathrooms and bars, and some merch. It’s for a good cause and sounds great, but they’re definitely way out of the budget for us online English teachers and travel bloggers…

If you just want to get in the door, tickets should be easy for this one. We plan to just find some closer to the date, as we’re using funds to pay for the tougher tickets now, like the next stop on Phish summer tour 2020!

Where to Stay in Atlanta

Airbnb

Hotels

Due to Piedmont Park’s location in Midtown Atlanta, the nearest hotels are pretty expensive but I’ve listed them anyway for those who like to be as close as possible.

August 4-5 Ascend Amphitheater: Nashville, TN

The land of hot chicken is up next as Phish heads to Nashville and the beautiful Ascend Amphitheater. Seriously, this is easily one of our top five venues to see Phish in.

It’s in a great location, there’s not a bad seat in the house, and it being Music City, the production value crushes. Phish was the 2nd band ever to play here back in 2015, and we were in attendance. Fun fact – it will have been exactly 5 years to the date since that show on night one!

Ascend is located right on the banks of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. Between the pit and the reserved seats, the capacity is about 2,500, while 4,500 barefoot children will be dancing on the lawn.

Even though these shows are during the middle of the week, this will be a relatively tough ticket. The secret is out that this venue is great and Nashville is just a fun city to visit and home to many phans. That being said, if you really want to get in the door, you should be able to find a lawn ticket.

We were at that first Ascend show back in 2015 but missed the run in 2016 when Bob Weir sat in. At the time, we were working on a farm in Oregon saving money for the Halloween run in Vegas. It hurt to miss that one…

Phish next played Ascend as part of my Rock-tober, and I was in attendance for those. Rachel, meanwhile, was at the 7in7 digital nomad conference in Medellin. She was doing professional things while I was doing #wookshit. No surprise there.

Having an early August birthday is awesome because I always get Phish shows on or around the date. This will probably be the third time I see two Phish runs with my birthday as the day off. I’ve also gotten birthday shows at both the Gorge and Baker’s Dozen. Hooray for being a Leo!

Phish Nashville

Ascend is a beautiful venue!

Where to Stay in Nashville

Airbnb

Hotels

August 7-9 Ruoff Music Center: Noblesville, IN

My birthday will be a travel day again this year as we and the rest of the traveling circus will make our way to Noblesville, Indiana.

This next stop is one of the most hallowed venues in Phistory. The tickets and sign may say Ruoff Home Mortgage Center, but to Phishheads this place will always be Deer Creek.

This Midwest shed has had several shitty corporate names over the years, but one tradition that has remained has been Phish burning the place to the ground over and over again. Perhaps that’s why they’re always changing the name?

The band has played here for a total of 26 times, dating back to 1995. In addition to that first year, there have been one-night stands here in ’09 and ’16. It hosted 2-night runs in every year from ’96-99, in ’04, ’10 and ’12. This will be the third 3-night run here and first since 2003.

Deer Creek has a special place in my heart. This was where I did my first multi-night Phish run back in 2003. A friend and I took a Greyhound to Indianapolis because my van broke down, then caught a cab to the campground.

We were definitely the youngest people there except for children of fans. Our camping neighbors brought us to town to buy some food, let us use their coolers, and even bought a case of beer for us newbs.

phish summer tour 2020

Deer Creek ’03

It was the best time of my life and a life-changing experience. I came back the next year for the 2-night run before saying goodbye to Phish before they broke up.

Thankfully it was only a break, and I was back five years later with Rachel and a huge crew. We returned in 2012 while living in China and then again in 2016. This is hands down one of our favorite places to see Phish.

Seventeen years later, I’m beyond excited to return. Coming the day after my 35th birthday, it’s crazy to think that I’ve spent half of my life now following this band around. 100 Phish shows in and I’m still going strong!

Oh yeah… tickets and all that. Sorry guys, I tend to ramble. Deer Creek is a big outdoor shed with a massive lawn. If you’re OK with being on the hill, this will be a very easy ticket to get.

Those who demand pavs will have to work a bit harder, so sign up for Cash or Trade and get that gold membership or get your finger in the air.

phish summer tour

Phish Deer Creek ’12

Where to Stay in Noblesville

You should most definitely camp somewhere near the venue. All of the affordable Airbnbs and hotels nearby are all booked up.

August 11-12 Giant Center: Hershey, PA

Finally, Phish summer tour 2020 points towards the east coast. Even though they’re an east coast ban with an east coast fanbase, there will be very few shows in the area.

This 10,500-seat arena hosts the Hershey Bears minor league hockey team. On two nights this August, it will be home to the Phish from Vermont. Several goals will be scored and the crowd will go wild.

Phans will be able to enjoy rollercoasters and waterslides during the day, which is pretty freaking awesome. I went to Hershey Park when I was a kid on a family vacation and remember having a blast.

The best part about this run is that the first night will coincide with a Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Poison show at the nearby stadium. That will likely be the most interesting lot scene in the history of Phish. Here’s hoping for a “Dr. Feelgood” or “Pour Some Sugar On Me” cover, which would be very fitting in a town named after chocolate.

Or perhaps the band will harken back to the Chocolate Night from Baker’s Dozen as the next 2-night run will be in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It’s at the Giant Center, an indoor area at Hershey Park. A “Chocolate Rain” sure would go over well here!

This is another Tuesday-Wednesday run, but with the small number of east coast shows on tap many fans expect this to be a rather difficult ticket.

After doing west coast and the southern run plus Deer Creek, we’re going to bow out at this point. It’s a 9-hour drive or so from one show to the next and we know we’ll be burnt out and broke by this point in the summer. Kudos to those of you who can persevere to the finish line!

Where to Stay in  Hershey

Airbnb

Hotels

August 14-16 Atlantic City Beach: Atlantic City, NJ

Put your tye-dye on, fix your dreads real pretty. Meet Phish in August in Atlantic City.

Who knows if the Boss or the Situation will be in attendance, but one thing is for sure – 30,000+ fans will fill the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey this summer.

That’s right, kids. Get ready to GTL and beat up the beat, because it’s Jersey Shore – Phish Edition!

Many fans (ourselves included) were hoping for an east coast festival this summer to make up for Curveball, but it seems like this is basically the replacement. There’s a Ferris wheel, but you definitely don’t want to camp out in Atlantic City!

You’ll find those 1.0 fans with their “jobs” and “stable bank accounts” staying at the fancy casino resorts near the Boardwalk. No one will be staying at any Trump casinos here, though, because they all went bankrupt. Sad!

The w00k class, meanwhile, will have a tough time deciding between schlepping back and forth from far-flung campsites or cuddling up next to a crackhead under a bridge. Atlantic City, baby!

Kidding aside, a tour-closing weekend on the beach on the east coast is sure to be a rager. We’re so certain that we booked cheap beds in a hostel nearby that actually looks pretty good. This run is highly unlikely for us, but we don’t want to rule it out because we know how much fun it’s going to be.

If we do go, you can expect me to don a tracksuit, gel my hair, get my spray-tan on and yell “Cabs are here!” several times a day. Get excited, people.

As far as tickets go, this one is much like Atlanta in that it’s up in the air. They’re going to sell a ton of GA tickets and also have a Foundation area. Apparently Pink filled this beach with 50,000 people a few years ago, but it’s doubtful Phish will bring such a big crowd. Most people are thinking 35,000 or so.

Where to stay in Atlantic City

With this being the only show in the northeast, on a weekend in the summer, all the affordable hotels got booked up on rumors. The only places left are $1k+ for three nights. No thanks.

Many phans have been recommending folks to book an Airbnb that’s a 20 to 30-minute drive away. It’s not ideal but at least you’ll have a spot.

Airbnb

September 4-6 Dicks Sporting Goods Park: Commerce City, CO

While Atlantic City basically marks the end of the Phish summer tour 2020, there’s still the annual pilgrimage to a field named after male genitalia. For the 10th year in a row, Phish reminds us how much they love Dick’s by returning to Commerce City, Colorado for a 3-night Labor Day run.

After surviving the prairie dog plague last year, phans are ready to celebrate this momentous occasion. Unfortunately, once again there will be no camping allowed at Dick’s. We never camped out as we have lots of friends in Denver, but everyone who did says it was a blast.

There have been many legendary Phish Dick’s shows over the years (Thank You encore comes to mind) and this year is sure to be one for the ages as well. With so many Phishheads in Colorado and the fact that this is a destination show for many, Dick’s is a hard ticket these days.

We’ve been to Dick’s every three years since ’13 and have always had a blast. This past year, in particular, was such a fun time. I got my 100th show and we got to rage with some of our favorite people for a few days.

We’re going to try our best to make it out again this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary, but it might not be in the cards for us. Never say never when it comes to seeing us at a Phish show, though!

phish dicks

Still plague free!

Where to stay for Phish Dick’s

Airbnb

Hotels

Enjoy Phish Summer Tour 2020!

The fan lotto is already finished, and tickets for the tour just went on sale to the public half an hour ago. We’ve already got our Tahoe and Nashville passes and also plan to hit Eugene, the Gorge, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Deer Creek.

May the odds be ever in your favor as you play the hungry for Phish tickets game over the coming weeks and months! It should be an amazing tour and we’re all so lucky that our band is still crushing it like this.

If you have any tips to add for any of the destinations on this summer tour, please drop us a comment here and let us know! Also if you’re going to be at any of the same shows let’s meet up and rage! We’re always up for making new Phish friends.

Whatever you do, take care of your shoes.

 

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Phish summer tour 2020 consists of 27 shows spread across 11 states. Read all about each stop on the tour with hotel and restaurant recommendations in this post! #phish #livemusic #phishsummertour

 

 

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Augie Hoffmann February 7, 2020 - 10:58 pm

Thanks for the tips! See you on tour!

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Rachel Story February 19, 2020 - 8:46 pm

Sure thing, thanks for reading! See you on the road 🙂

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