Zilker Park is an outdoor entertainment area in Austin, Texas, with lakes, trails, gardens, museums, a pool and more. It is home to the Zilker Hillside Theatre, also known as the Beverly S. Sheffield Hillside Theater, an award-winning outdoor performance venue that opened in 1959 across from Barton Springs Pool. The Zilker Theatre hosts numerous hit shows and star-studded performances and is the site of the annual Zilker Summer Musical, the oldest donation-based outdoor musical production in the country. Past musicals launched at the Zilker Theater include Footloose, Oklahoma! and West Side Story. Other annual events hosted at the Zilker Hillside Theater include Shakespeare in the Park and the Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance's South Asian New Year celebration. Enjoy entertainment under the open sky surrounded by nature by grabbing the best Zilker Park tickets at StubHub.
How is seating for Zilker Park events arranged?
Shows at the Zilker Theater are all general admission with lawn seating on a first-come-first-served basis. When attending a show at the Zilker Theater, you should bring a blanket to sit on. The venue asks that guests place their blankets as close to each other as possible and only take up as much space as they need. Low stadium-style chairs can be rented for a $5 donation and placed anywhere on the hillside. A limited number of full-height lawn chairs are permitted behind the rock wall located three-quarters of the way up the hill and at the top of the hill along the back wall.
Can you tell me about the food and drink offerings?
Concessions are available at the Zilker Theater as well as throughout Zilker Park. Guests may also bring coolers or picnic baskets onto the theater grounds. Alcohol, however, is not permitted nor are glass containers.
Are there other entertainment options nearby?
Other Zilker Park events taking place annually include the Zilker Kite Festival, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Zilker Park Tree Lighting, and Trail of Lights and Blues on the Green. Other entertainment and activity options on the Zilker Park grounds include the Austin Nature and Science Center, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum, Zilker Botanical Garden, Zilker Park Boat Rental, Barton Springs Pool, Lady Bird Lake and the Zilker Zephyr miniature train.
Should I call a sitter, or can I bring the young ones along?
Zilker Theater performances are open to all ages.
Is the Zilker Park a wheelchair-friendly facility?
Limited ADA-compliant, wheelchair-friendly seating is available and clearly marked along part of the first level of the seating area. This area remains blocked off until a half hour prior to showtimes at which point guests without disabilities are permitted to take spaces.
What is the policy at the theater regarding inclement weather?
When inclement weather occurs on show nights, the Zilker Theater posts updates on its website and social media channels. Performances may be cancelled due to city ordinance or actor or audience safety. When that occurs, tickets will be replaced or refunded.Back to Top