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1. How do I get to the Stratford Festival?

Located in the city of Stratford, Ontario, we are linked to Highway 401 by Highway 8 or by Perth Road113/County Road 6. Stratford is within a three-hour drive of four major border crossings from the United States. For more information and maps to our venues, please visit our Getting Here page.

We also provide a round-trip coach service for our Festival patrons, departing from Toronto throughout our season. Schedules and further information are available on the Stratford Direct Bus page.

2. Is parking available at the theatres?

Please visit our Theatre Maps & Guides page for parking maps and detailed options while attending our theatres. Be sure to check out city parking options!  City core parking map

3. What taxi/public transit services does Stratford have?

  • City Cabs         519.272.2222
  • Radio Cab        519.271.4242
  • Festival Cab     519.508.8888
  • Stratford Taxi    519.272.0101

City Buses
Phone:  519.271.0250, extension 264
Website: Stratford Transit

4. Do the theatres offer bar and food service?

Light lunches and dinners, beverages, pre-ordered picnic packages and snacks are available at the Festival Theatre. A BBQ lunch is offered on the Festival Theatre Terrace before matinee performances in July and August (weather permitting). Snacks and beverages are also available at our other theatres. For more details, please visit our On-Site Amenities page.

5. Are children welcome to attend performances at the Festival?

Much of our programming is accessible to children aged 10 and up, and some productions may be fine for younger children. Unfortunately, babes in arms and children under the age of two are not permitted in the auditorium. Children over the age of two are required to have their own ticket and must sit in their own seat.

If you have questions about suitability, please call our Box Office or check the audience advisory information provided on our production pages. We also recommend that minors be seated next to their parents/guardians.

Unaccompanied minors under the age of 12 are discouraged.

6. Does the Stratford Festival have a dress code?

We do not have a dress code, though many of our patrons do like to dress up for the occasion! Whether you choose casual or more formal attire, consider bringing a light sweater or jacket, as our theatres are air-conditioned. For the comfort and safety of others attending the performance who have allergies or intolerances, please consider using scented products sparingly, or foregoing them altogether. 

7. Can I take pictures or make recordings? 

We encourage you to create visual mementos of your family and friends enjoying their Stratford Festival experience. Photos and video can be taken before the performance and during the interval; however, at no time can they be taken during the performance.

8. Are there any theatre etiquette issues to keep in mind?

Please turn off all mobile devices once you’re seated so that no one will be disturbed during the performance. You’re welcome to bring bottled water or beverages in our lidded theatre cups into the auditorium – but, please, no other food or drinks. 

9. What are your late and/or readmission policies?

If you arrive late for a performance, or have to leave one for any reason, our ushers will make every effort to find you a seat during a suitable break. Please be advised that this may not be the seat you are ticketed for.

10. Do the theatres have free Wi-Fi?

Free Wi-Fi is available in all of our theatre lobbies. As a courtesy to the actors and your fellow patrons, please completely turn off all electronic devices prior to a performance.

11. What accessibility assistive services are offered at the theatres?

We are committed to making everyone’s theatre experience extraordinary. Our facilities are accessible, and we offer assistive devices and services to patrons as and when required. Please see our Accessibility page for more details.

12. What is the Festival's scent policy? 

We encourage our patrons to refrain from wearing perfume, cologne and other scented products when visiting our theatres; however, we cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. Should you have an allergy to scented products and require a change in your seating location, please see the House Manager and if possible, we will relocate you to comparable seating. Should you have severe allergies, please reach out to Guest Services prior to your scheduled visit and we will do our best to accommodate you.

13. What other activities are available at the Festival?

We offer many additional activities to enrich your theatre experience. You can attend a Meighen Forum event, take a tour or explore our exhibitions throughout the season.

14. Where can I stay?

Our Visit pages lists a wide range of accommodations, as well as dining and leisure options.

15. Can I bring my backpack, bag or suitcase into the theatre?

Our auditorium seats are not designed to accommodate bag storage. For the comfort and safety of all our guests, we offer coat and bag check facilities at the Festival, Avon and Tom Patterson theatres, at a fee of $2 per item. Coat/bag check opens one hour before performances begin, and larger items should be stored there while you are in the auditorium. Please note that all checked items must be picked up after every performance.

*We reserve the right to search any bag entering our facility and/or enforce bag check at our sole discretion. For security reasons, you must remain on our premises while your bags are in our storage area.

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