Plan Your Visit

Things to know before you go

Making the most of your experience

Arrive Early:

Arriving at least 30 - 45 minutes before the performance time ensures an opportunity to find parking, pick up tickets, find seats, and be familiarized with the theatre and surrounding areas. Patrons are admitted to the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Please allow an extra few minutes if retrieving will call tickets, should there be long reservation lines. Late arrivals will be seated at the discretion of the ushers.

Dress Code and Attire:

Although there is no official dress code, going to the ballet certainly presents an opportunity to dress up.
That being said, you should wear whatever makes you feel relaxed and at your best. At one of our performances you may see everything from jeans to tuxedos. Many people come directly from work wearing business attire. "Upscale Casual" seems to be the norm for most performances, although opening nights tend to attract more formal wear. At many of our performances of The Nutcracker, it is not unusual to see young children dressed in festive party clothes.

Assuring a Great Experience for Everyone

Please minimize disruptive noise during performances: Ballet performances are a wonderful event when the community gets together to experience the performing art form at one place and time. Many of our patrons are new comers while others are seasoned balletomanes and aficionados. Please be courteous and respectful to everyone during the performance by refraining from talking, rustling programs, using your cell phone to text or twitter, etc.

Binoculars and Coat Check:

Binoculars are available for a minimal fee in the main lobby as well as in the balcony lobby for select performances.

For the safety and consideration of our artists and patrons please turn off cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices. The use of photographic and recording equipment during performances is strictly prohibited:


Food and beverages except bottled water are not allowed in the auditorium: In addition to the snacks and refreshments sold on all levels of the building, the San Diego Civic Theatre’s central downtown location offers many wonderful options for pre or post performance dining.

View dining options in the vicinity: Click Here

Parking and Transportation:

Directions to the San Diego Civic Theatre: Click Here

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Seeing California Ballet with Children?

An early exposure to the performing arts enriches young minds and fosters creativity for years to come.

California Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Story ballets with familiar characters such as Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and Cinderella are also wonderful productions for children.

Here are some tips to ensure that you and your child have an enjoyable experience at the ballet:

  • Pre-Performance preparations: Children must be at least 4 years old to attend and those who are able to sit quietly for two hours do best. Information on children’s ticket pricing, performance times, and repertoire can be found online at
  • Booster Seats: are available on a limited basis in the main lobby.
  • Meals & Snacks: Available before the performance and during intermission in the lobby. Only bottled water is allowed inside the theatre.

Please contact the California Ballet box office at: 858-560-6741 for additional questions.