Things to Know Before You Go



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.


Out of respect and fairness to performers and fellow theatergoers, latecomers will not be admitted to the auditorium until there is an appropriate pause in the performance. During some productions, this pause may not occur until the end of the first act. Additionally, patrons who leave the theater before or during a performance will be asked to follow the above outlined late seating policies.


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.


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 newcomers while others are seasoned balletomanes and aficionados. Please be courteous and respectful to everyone during the performance by refraining from talking, rustling programs, using any electronic device, etc.



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 or silence any noise making devices. The use of photographic and recording equipment during performances is strictly prohibited.


Food is not allowed in the auditorium. Patrons may bring in drinks purchased at the Theatre or bottled water only. Please note that food and beverage items may not be brought in to the Theatre from outside sources. Concession stands are conveniently located on all levels of the Theatre, offering a variety of candies, brownies, soft drinks, coffee, wine and beer. Specialty foods, premium desserts and bars are available to all patrons in the Beverly Sills Salon (2nd level) and, for most events, bar service is also available on the exterior plaza, at the front of the Theatre entrance doors. Patrons may pre-order their intermission food and beverage selections prior to the start of the performance, for immediate pick-up during intermission. 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.

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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.

For The Nutcracker, children must be at least 3 years old to attend. We strongly recommend minimum ages 5 and up, and those who are able to sit quietly for two hours or more do best. Please note: No children under 3, including babes in arms.

For all other repertory season performances, children ages 8 and older will usually have the best experience. Please note: no children under 5, including babes in arms. These performances, including story ballets, are often more than two-and-a-half hours long, and are not always ideal for younger children.

For all performances: if any child is under the age requirement, you may be reseated to the closest aisle seat available at the management’s discretion.

Consider selecting an aisle seat when bringing your children in case a quick exit is needed for an unavoidable visit to the restroom, or for a talkative or restless child. Please be aware that if you leave your seat, it is unlikely that you will be able to return to it while the performance is in progress.

Everyone entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket, and children must occupy their own seat next to an accompanying adult. No lap sitting.

Booster seats are available on a limited basis in the main lobby.

Meals and snacks are available before the performance and during intermission in the lobby. No food or beverages from outside sources are allowed in the Theatre. Only bottled water and beverages purchased at the Theatre are allowed inside the auditorium.

Please note that anyone (of any age) creating a disturbance will be asked to leave the auditorium out of respect for other guests, and tickets will not be refunded. For your convenience, the lobby includes monitors of the performance to allow those outside of the auditorium to continue watching the ballet without disturbing the other audience members.


Please contact the California Ballet ticket office at (858) 560-6741 for additional questions.