Yuan Yuan Tan and Alexandre Cagnat as Titania and Donkey in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust // Photo © Erik Tomasson // Illustration rendering by Sky Alsgaard

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Pre-Performance Information

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Pre-Performance Information

Here's What You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip

We're looking forward to seeing you at A Midsummer Night's Dream. Here are some helpful tips for making the most of your experience.

Opera House Dining Options

Opera House Dining

Whether you're looking for a pre-performance meal, a festive glass of champagne at intermission, or a light snack, Global Gourmet Catering, the Opera House's exclusive food and beverage services provider has you covered.

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getting here

The War Memorial Opera House is BARTable—the nearest BART station is conveniently located at Civic Center Station, a 10 minute walk from the Opera House.

We encourage you to take public transit, but the Opera House is close to several nearby parking garages.

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Our Neighborhood

Hayes Valley is just steps away from the Opera House with plenty of great dining spots and boutique stores.

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traffic alerts


The Civic Center and Hayes Valley areas can get very busy so please plan accordingly to allow time for traffic and parking. There is construction taking place on Van Ness Avenue as well as performances at Davies Symphony Hall.

Construction is taking place along Hayes Street between Polk and Franklin Street from 8 pm to 7 am from February 12 through March 13, 2020. Please plan accordingly for traffic and parking. For more information, visit sfmta.com.

As part of the Better Market Street project, starting on Wednesday, January 29, no private vehicles will be allowed to travel along Market Street eastbound from 10th St to Main or westbound from Steuart to Van Ness. Traffic will still be able to cross Market, but there will be no turns onto Market into the car-free area. Learn more.

Make the most of your experience

As part of San Francisco Ballet’s growing commitment to access, a Live Audio Description by Gravity Access Services will be provided during the March 14 matinee performance. Please email You You Xia at yxia@sfballet.org to reserve your headset and receive further information. Headsets are subject to availability.

Taking Kids to the Ballet?

Questions about bringing your children to the Ballet? Check out these helpful tips to make your performance enjoyable for all.

family viewing area

Families who need to step outside the auditorium during the performance can still catch all the magic in a new viewing area on the Dress Circle level. The performance will stream to a monitor so you don't have to miss a moment.

Visit the Shop

Visit The Ballet Shop on the Mezzanine level of the Opera House pre-show and during intermission.

avoid lines during intermission

Avoid lines during intermission by pre-ordering cocktails, beverages, and snacks. Prior to a performance, call 415-861-8150, send an email, or check in with a food and beverage server upon your arrival at any point of service.

More questions? Check our our FAQ page for answers.

Explore A Midsummer Night's dream

Sasha De Sola rehearsing Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson


A Shakespearean favorite making its triumphant return to San Francisco after a 35-year absence. Read more in the Ultimate Guide before you arrive.

Wona Park and Benjamin Freemantle rehearsing Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson


Meet Helena, Hermia, Hippolyta,and the enchanting creatures of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Elizabeth Mateer and Joshua Jack Price rehearsing Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson


Hear about the ballet’s creation in 1960s New York and find out what to look for in this magical and mystical ballet in the To the Pointe podcast.