Whether arriving from north, south, east, or west, driving routes to the Long Center for the Performing Arts are often impacted by local traffic and multiple events around town. Don’t miss a single musical moment! Please build extra time into your transportation and/or parking plans  — or arrive early and enjoy special dining and drinks events created just for you.

Valet Parking: $18

Valet is accessible from the Long Center Circular Drive from the Riverside Drive entrance. When making your final approach to the Long Center on Riverside Drive, please use the right lane. If you plan to valet, please allow extra time in your arrival plan for the inevitable traffic delays.

Palmer Events Center Garage: $8

Parking is available at the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage, located next to the Long Center and accessible from Riverside Drive and the Long Center Circular Drive. When making your final approach to the Long Center on Riverside Drive, please use the left lane. If you plan to park here, please allow extra time in your arrival plan for the inevitable traffic delays. Be aware the garage often fills, and is shared with the Palmer Events Center, which sometimes hosts concurrent events. Note: Palmer Events Center Garage is a public parking facility managed and operated by the City of Austin. 

One Texas Center Garage Parking: $5

Avoid the crush at the Long Center by parking at the nearby One Texas Center Garage for only $5. The One Texas Center Garage is located at 505 Barton Springs Road; enter the Garage directly from Haywood Avenue. Allow 10 minutes to walk from One Texas Center to the Long Center. Arrive early and relax! Note: One Texas Center Garage is a public parking facility managed and operated by the City of Austin. 

Mobility Impaired/Accessible Parking: $8

Marked parking is available in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage on all levels located near elevators.


Using a rideshare service to get to the Long Center?  Here are instructions for your driver: use the same lane/entrance as the valets. The valets should have a lane clear in the Long Center drive for rideshares and other drop offs to pull past the valet stand. Once you are past the valets, they can drop off in the second half of our drive and then easily exit. If they use the garage entrance, they will have difficulty exiting without paying to enter the garage. Please do not unload on Riverside.

Public Transportation

The Long Center is located in the heart of Austin’s entertainment corridor. CapMetro offers affordable options to get you to the opera on time. Use your smart phone’s mapping feature to find your bus route, or see more information here (scroll down to “alternatives to driving”).

Late Arrival Policy

“What happens if I arrive late to the performance?”

We try our best to begin all performances on time. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed in the theater, but you can watch the performance over the monitors located throughout the lobby. Some performances — but not all — may have designated pauses, in which late arrivals can be seated at the discretion of the ushers. We recommend that you wait close to your seating area’s entrance so that we can seat you as soon as possible if there is a pause. Warning chimes are sounded pre-performance and intermission prior to curtain. Audience members who leave the auditorium during a performance will not be readmitted until intermission.