BankNH Pavilion History – from Meadowbrook Farm to live music amphitheater.

NH Pavilion has a storied history that dates back to its origins as Meadowbrook Farm. The transformation from a humble slice of land to a premier entertainment venue is an example of the evolution of New Hampshire culture.

banknh pavilion history

Early years

Originally established as a farm in the picturesque town of Gilford, New Hampshire, Meadowbrook Farm operated as a dairy farm, cultivating the land surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee.

For decades, it served its local economy and community. Interestingly, the Miller family who owned the land were known for hosting small family concerts and gatherings. This is a small indication of what the farm would one day become.


In 1996, Meadowbrook Farm became a summer concert venue. The origins of this venue were humble, with a temporary stage and 2,500 portable seats. This was the first stage of a wider transformation that saw the land go through multiple renovations. By 2001, the popularity and scope of the venue had grown, reflected in a change of name to Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center.

The venue saw a larger renovation in 2002, with the addition of several important structural features including the pavilion roof and 3,000 reserved seats. Three years later, it added a second stage for smaller bands and a bar area for guests.

By 2013, there was an expansion to add 3,000 seats and additional parking lots. The venue was then renamed to “Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion,” before being shortened in 2023 to “BankNH Pavilion.”

The venue today

Today, BankNH Pavilion showcases the legacy of Meadowbrook Farm, transitioning from a rural area to a world-renowned entertainment venue. To date, the venue has hosted a range of famous artists and bands across genres including Dave Matthews Band, Zac Brown Band, Phish, and country sensation Luke Bryan.