Solvang Festival Theater Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is Solvang Theaterfest the same thing as PCPA Theaterfest?
No. PCPA is a professional conservatory theatre company located on the Allan Hancock Campus in Santa Maria. Solvang Theaterfest, who owns and operates Solvang Festival Theater, is home to most of PCPA's  summer productions, but is a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit entity.

Are there other performances in addition to PCPA plays?

Yes. Concerts such as our Sunday Jazz & Beyond series, and other various events show up on the calendar. The theater is available for rent throughout the year, and frequently other nonprofits partner with the Board of the Solvang Theaterfest for fundraising concerts or other special events.

Are all of your events outdoors?
Yes. We enjoy beautiful California weather under the stars and under the oaks. Please check the weather report. Nights are generally very chilly, so many attendees bring blankets and dress warmly for evening events.

Do you rent blankets or seat cushions?
Yes. Both are available at minimal charge. Also, jackets, sweatshirts and blankets are sold at the Company Store on site.

Are there concessions?
Yes. Both savory & sweets items are available for sale along with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. You may bring food for a picnic on the grounds, but no glass is allowed in the Theater space.

What time do the Grounds open for picnicking?
6:30 p.m. prior to PCPA productions. The theater gates open at 7:30 p.m. Non-PCPA productions and events will have different rules and you should check with the organization putting on the event.

When is the box office open?
The box  office at our theater is used by PCPA in the summer months and is open at 4:00 p.m. on PCPA performance days. Tickets for PCPA productions may be purchased at www.pcpa.org when the Box office is not open. For questions about PCPA productions, please call PCPA at 805-922-8313. Please note that PCPA does not sell tickets to other events at our theater, such as Jazz & Beyond and other events outside of their summer program.

Tickets for Solvang Theaterfest productions and concerts are sold online or you may contact our Business Office at 805-686-1789.

For productions put on by other organizations please contact the organization producing the event. Information and links will be put on this website when received.

May pictures be taken?
Yes and No. Yes on the grounds, no pictures in the Theater space or during live performances.

Are dogs allowed?

No. There are a few exceptions such as service dogs (ie. companion dog or a leader dog for the blind).

Is smoking allowed?
No smoking is allowed on SFT grounds (this includes the use of electronic cigarettes). Smoking outside the gates is permitted but please extinguish and dispose of your cigarettes in the appropriate receptacle. Please keep your ticket stub for reentry.

Where can I park?
Parking is available at no charge on the surrounding streets and the public parking lots off Copenhagen Drive and Oak Street.

Is the Theater accessible to individuals with disabilities?
Yes. Wheelchair access into the Theater by ramp is available and space for wheelchairs is provided, as well as handicap bathroom access.

Is the theater available for rent?
Yes. For more information on renting the theater and/or gardens please visit our Facilities page.

Please note that no children under 5 admitted to the theater unless otherwise stated.