Tips for attending Free Shakes


• All shows are free to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. 

• All seating is general. Arrive early for choice vantage points. Reserving ground space with chairs, blankets, or coolers is permitted. 

• No seating is provided with the exception of McLaren Park, which has bench seating. Blankets and low chairs (no more than six inches off the ground and a backrest no taller than shoulder height) are welcome. Tall chairs are permitted as indicated by the sign in the meadow in order to minimize the impact on the view of the stage.

• Picnics are welcome in all venues. Please deposit your trash in a garbage can or dumpster. If the trash container nearest you is full, do not overfill it; proceed to another trash container or take your trash with you when you leave the park.

• Restrooms are available at all sites. In some sites, the only restroom options are portable restrooms. All sites have ADA accessible restrooms.

• Smoking is not permitted in the performance meadows.

• Aisles and walkways must be kept clear at all times.

• Bicycles must be parked outside the performance meadows. Please do not lock bicycles to gates or entrances.

• Recording and photography is strictly prohibited by the Shakespeare Festival and by the Actors' Equity Union.

• Unauthorized sales, solicitations, and distributions are prohibited.

• We ask that you please remain seated during the performance.

• Please look after your personal belongings. The Shakespeare Festival is not responsible for lost or stolen personal articles.