Solvang Festival Theater Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is Solvang Theaterfest the same thing as PCPA?
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 some of PCPA's  summer productions, but is a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit entity.

Are there other performances in addition to PCPA plays?

Yes. Solvang Theaterfest produces and presents concerts with well known recording- artists, our summer Jazz & Beyond series, and other events throughout the year. The theater is also available for rent.

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, hats 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 prior to PCPA shows only. No glass is allowed in the Theater space.

What time do the Grounds open for picnicking?
6:30 p.m. prior to PCPA productions. Gate time varies for other productions, usually 60 to 90 minutes before the show starts.

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 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 concerts and events 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. No pictures may be taken in the house during PCPA productions. Most other productions, including all Solvang Theaterfest productions allow photography. Pictures are always permissible in the Lobby Lawn and Patron Garden. 

Are dogs allowed?

No, except for service dogs. Please notify the Solvang Festival Theater Business Office in advance. 

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.