Plan Your Experience

Choose your Austin Opera experience! From parking to rideshare, Tacos on the Terrace to drinks in the Kodosky Lounge, Austin Opera offers pre and post-performance options that reflect the uniqueness of our patrons and guests.

The Long Center

701 Riverside Drive
Austin, TX

Parking and Transportation Options

Driving routes to the Long Center for the Performing Arts are impacted by events all around town. To arrive at the performance on time, please build extra time into your pre-show plans and arrive early to ensure you can find nearby parking and enjoy the amenities we have in store for you!

    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.


    Parking is available at the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage, located next to the Long Center and accessible from Riverside Drive, Barton Springs Road and the Long Center Circular Drive. When making your final approach to the Long Center on Riverside Drive, please us the left lane. If you plan to park here, please allow extra time in your arrival plan for the inevitable traffic delays.


    NEW! 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!


    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? Show your receipt and get a free drink coupon to celebrate your swift arrival – just visit our concierge table in the main lobby area on the orchestra level.


“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.


The Austin Opera strives to provide the best services and accessibility for all guests. Tickets for accessible seating for physically disabled guests are available at The Long Center. Please call the box office at 512-472-5992 for further information. Guests requiring wheelchair accessibility or other special seating should notify the Box Office at the time of their ticket purchase.

  • During your phone call, please help us by being as specific as possible about your individual needs. Questions to consider: If you use a wheelchair, will you remain in the wheelchair for the duration of the performance? Perhaps you do not use a wheelchair, but have trouble with stairs, and want to sit in a theater seat. Do you have low vision and need to sit particularly close to the stage?
  • The drop off area for mobility impaired guests is from the Long Center Circular Drive directly in front of the Long Center. Mobility Impaired Parking is available on all levels of the PEC Garage near elevators or Valet Parking is available for $18.00.
  • The accessible entrance to the Long Center is on the ground floor to the left of the Grand Staircase. Elevators are located just inside through the Rollins Studio Theater Lobby.
  • To request Sign Interpretation, Audio Description, Braille or Large Print Programs, call our Box Office at (512) 472 5992 no less than two weeks before the event date. Services are not guaranteed for all events, but we will make every effort to accommodate each request.
  • Courtesy wheelchairs and Infrared Assistive Listening Devices are available free of charge at Guest Services coat check or by asking any House Manager.
  • For other accessibility questions, please call the Long Center Guest Services office at (512) 457-5171

Austin Opera Patron Services
512-610-7684; Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Long Center Box Office Hours
Monday-Friday:10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday: open during scheduled performances

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