Special Performances & Programs



A core part of California Ballet’s mission is to make sure great art is accessible to everyone. Each season, we are delighted to present special performances and programs that allow an expanded opportunity for all persons to experience and participate in the joy of dance and live theatre as well as offer free and discounted tickets for underserved communities and groups. Please browse our current season’s offerings below. See you at the theatre!


Sharing the Art

Discounted & Complimentary Tickets

California Ballet believes that quality art should not be a privilege. Sharing the Art provides equal and accessible arts access to live theater for communities and demographics with limited means and opportunities. Discounted or complimentary tickets are given to program participants, so they can experience high-quality live performing arts at a California Ballet performance at either the San Diego Civic Theatre or Balboa Theatre.

In FY18 our Sharing the Art program distributed 8,570 comp tickets to San Diego community members including 2 schools & 11 service organizations. Through our military programming over 5,000 tickets were distributed to U.S. military members and their families.

Toddler & Family Friendly

The Nutcracker | Civic Theatre

A unique opportunity for those with young children to introduce them to the beauty of dance and live theatre. The Holidays are for the entire family and California Ballet is excited to present a special 60-minute performance of The Nutcracker for families with very young children. Infants and toddlers under 4 are welcome! | Run time: 1 hour, recorded music

TICKETS: $35-$50 | Children 12 and under $25-$40

All Children over 12 months old must have a ticket with an assigned seat

$5.00 Lap Tickets will be available at the Theatre Ticket Office the day of the show for parents wishing to bring any child under 12 months of age to this performance

Complimentary Valet Stroller Service and booster seats will be available on a limited basis.

Photo Booth with the Sugar Plug Fairy begins after the show.

Military Night

The Nutcracker | Civic Theatre

For over 10 years, California Ballet Company's Military Night at The Nutcracker brings military members and their families to the San Diego Civic Theatre for a special presentation of the holiday classic. Each year hundreds of free tickets are made available to active military and their families with the help of VetTix, Operation Homefront, and our generous sponsors. | Run time: 2 hours, including one intermission.



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