The Zilker Hillside Theater
The Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater is an outdoor venue located in Zilker Park, across from Barton Springs Pool.
Theater Location for GPS:
2206 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746
ALL YEAR LONG….
Support ZTP when you take a ride with RideAustin!
ZTP is proud to partner with RideAustin – with special drop off right in front of the Zilker Hillside Theater when you come to the Zilker Summer Musical (July 7 – August 12, 2017).
Please ROUND UP all of your rides on RideAustin and support ZTP at the same time!
Theater Information & Protocol
NOTE: NO *DOGS OR OTHER PETS ALLOWED OUT OF RESPECT TO ALL PATRONS, DUE TO THE TIGHT SEATING CONDITIONS
*Except service dogs
Zilker Theatre Productions and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) appreciate your compliance with the following rules. Please contact one of our volunteers when you get to The Hillside if you have any questions.
Please bring your own blankets. (Note that plastic tarps are no longer allowed.)
ADA compliant upgrades now allow for designated seating for audience members with special challenges. A portion of the first level will be clearly marked for these patrons. This area is blocked off until 7:45, so please arrive before then if you need ADA accommodations.
ZTP often needs to block off spaces for our donors and cast members’ families. Please respect these marked areas.
Full-height lawn chairs are only allowed behind the low rock wall approximately 3/4 up the hill and along the walls at the top of The Hillside as they block the view of other patrons. Please be respectful of patrons on blankets when placing full height chairs.
A clear walkway on the second level must be maintained at all times.
Chairs Available For Rent
You can rent low-back chairs to use anywhere on the Hillside! Rental cost is $5 per chair. Please bring your photo ID to the rental booth.
In order to make the most efficient use of The Hillside, we encourage you to place blankets as close together as possible. And please take up only as much room as you actually need! Austin in known for it’s friendliness so if you end up having space left over, consider offering to share your blanket with those in less fortunate viewing spots!
Pets are not allowed. Due to the large number of people in close quarters, as well as distractions for your fellow play-goers and the actors, please leave your pets at home.
Food & Drinks
Feel free to bring a picnic basket and/or cooler. A variety of ice cold drinks and snacks can be purchased from the theater’s concession stand. (Proceeds benefit the production.)
No glass containers allowed.
Smoking is not allowed in the seating area.
Please help us keep The Hillside clean by putting your trash in the available containers. (We encourage you to pack out your recycling as this amenity is not offered by the City.)
Transportation Options to The Hillside
ZTP encourages you to consider using pedal power or public transportation to attend the Zilker Summer Musical.
The City of Austin offers FREE parking in the Polo Field (above the Hillside Theater) in Zilker Park on Saturday and Sunday evenings starting at 6 pm. Thursday and Friday nights feature free parking all day long!
Please note that parking in the pool area is reserved for cast, crew, staff, and special guests who have a City of Austin issued parking pass.
Parking for the general public is available in all surrounding lots, including the Polo Field.
No entrances to the park will be blocked.
There will be ZTP staff helping to direct parking. They are not City of Austin employees, but will do their best to assist with an easy parking experience for all.
A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available in the lower parking lot near the stage.
NOTE: The entrance to The Zilker Hillside Theater is on the northbound MoPac service road just before you reach Barton Springs road. The Hillside Theater is across from Barton Springs Pool. You can use the interactive map to create customized driving directions, or follow the general directions below.
Take MoPac (Loop 1) to the Rollingwood/2244 exit. If you’re coming from the north, make a U-turn under the freeway; from the south, pass through the light and keep heading straight. Follow the access road around the park to your right. The entrance to parking will be on your right.
Take the Riverside exit. Head west on Riverside towards downtown. The first light past Congress Ave. is Barton Springs Rd. Turn left and follow Barton Springs about 1.5 miles to Zilker Park. The entrance to parking will be on your left.
Check out Austin BCycle. (There’s a station right next to the hillside.)
Access Cap Metro’s trip planner
Bus stops near the Beverly S Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater are:
STOP #4079 (BARTON SPRINGS (ZILKER PARK)
STOP #4081 (BARTON SPRINGS & ZILKER)
STOP #4080 (2221 BARTON SPRINGS (ZILKER)
STOP #2206 (2220 BARTON SPRINGS (ZILKER)
STOP #4167 (MOPAC & ZILKER)
STOP #5264 (MOPAC & BEE CAVES)
STOP #4166 (MOPAC & NATURE CENTER)
STOP #2202 (1900 BARTON SPRINGS & ROBERT E LEE)
STOP #2144 (BARTON SPRINGS & BARTON)
STOP #2160 (1718 BARTON SPRINGS & KINNEY)
STOP #4488 (MOPAC & WALLINGWOOD)