Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I order tickets?
A: You can purchase tickets online any time at centralcoastshakespeare.org. Tickets are
also available at the ticket table the night of each performance for cash or check. Box Office opens at 6pm Thurs./Fri./Sat. and 5pm on Sunday.
Q: Are dogs or other animals allowed?
A: No dogs or other animals are allowed at performances, with the exception of specifically
trained ADA Service Animals. Please, for the comfort and safety of all our patrons,
emotional support animals or pets are not permitted.
Q: I'm confused about what type of chair to bring - what do you recommend?
A: Great Question. Please bring a standard height lawn chair. This means a seat that is
approximately 15-18 inches from the ground. In the past we have recommended low back
chairs, but have learned that seat height is more important in our venue. Front row
blanket seating is available in limited amounts - come early for best selection.
Q: Is your performance space ADA/wheelchair accessible?
A: Assisted Parking is available at a lot close to the performance space. Please alert the gate
volunteer of your need, and they will direct you to the location reserved for assisted parking.
The Filipponi Ranch is a rustic ranch space, so patrons with mobility issues are suggested to
use their own judgement with caution.
Q: Are children allowed to attend the show?
A: Children are allowed and encouraged to attend festival performances while being supervised by a parent or guardian. Tickets are $12 for all patrons 12 or under. However, it is recommended that children be 5 years of age or older.
Q: Does it get cold?
A: Yes. The Filipponi Ranch can get rather cold after dusk, so be sure to bring a jacket and layers or blankets for yourself.
Q: Can I bring food to the show?
A: Yes! Pack your picnic basket with whatever pleases you. We only ask that you do not bring in outside alcohol, but instead purchase some fantastic wine from Filipponi Wine Cellars, our wonderful hosts. Beda’s Biergarten will also be at every performance offering delicious food for purchase.
Q: What is the ticket refund policy?
A: All ticket sales are final. No refunds are available if you are unable to attend a performance. However, the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival will gladly transfer your tickets to another performance if you wish to attend a different night than you originally chose.
Q: When is the space open prior to each performance?
A: The space is open to audience members as early as an hour before the show begins. This allows you the time to enjoy your picnic and spend time with your party while the actors warm up and prepare for the show.
Q: Do you offer any discounted tickets?
A: General admission tickets are $20, but senior citizens, military, and students with ID receive discounted admission for $18, and children under 12 are admitted for $12. Groups of 10 or more - $15 - discount automatically applied at checkout.
Q: What if I lose my tickets?
A: If you purchase your tickets online and lose your print out, the ticket table will have your reservation on their list the night of the performance.
Q: The Festival is an outdoor theatre. What if it rains?
A: The decision to cancel a show due to rain may be made at any time before or during the show. If this occurs, the festival will gladly exchange your tickets for another performance of that show.
Q: Are photography/videography allowed?
A: We ask that you refrain from taking photos during the show.
Q: How long are the performances?
A: Most shows range from 2 to 2 1/2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Shows can be less than 2 hours, but most will not exceed 2 1/2 hours.
Q: How do I get on the festival's mailing list?
A: If you wish to receive the latest up-to-date information about CCSF, use the form on this web site or simply send us an email at with your email address, name, and mailing address.
Still have more questions? Please feel free to contact us at with your question and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.