The Hillside

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

Download: ZTP’s Hillside Tips Checklist

Driving and Parking at Zilker Park Summer 2017

Use any green pathways on the route for the quickest access to the inbound Zilker Hillside Theater parking area. At the end of the night, use any red pathway to exit Zilker Park. ZTP and the City of Austin PARD staff all HIGHLY encourage alternative forms of transit including ride shares (with special drop off near the Zilker Hillside Theater offered to Ride Austin patrons), carpooling, public transit, biking, hiking, etc.

Notes:

  • Parking is at a PREMIUM in Zilker Park this summer. Please plan on allocating plenty of time, and using alternative transportation such as biking, hiking, carpooling, and ride share options as an alternative to attempting on-site parking.  (Remember: Ride Austin has a special drop-off spot near the Zilker Hillside Theater! Use the #RoundUp option to support ZTP!)
  • Remember on-site parking is first-come first-served, and is very limited in the summer months, especially on weekends.
  • HANDY TRANSPORTATION TIP: Link to parking, bus and cycling at Zilker Park – includes B Cycle stands in the area.
  • Please be aware that strobe lighting is used in ZTP’s  presentation of The Wizard of Oz.

ALL YEAR LONG….

Support ZTP when you take a ride with RideAustin!

ZTP is proud to partner with RideAustin – with special drop off right near 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! 

SUPPORT ZTP Year-Round
with a Tax Deductible Donation

View of The Zilker Hillside

View of The Zilker Hillside – Shrek The Musical (Opening Weekend, July 2016)

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 at the Info Table when you get to The Hillside if you have any questions.

Seating

  • Please bring your own blankets. They may be put down on The Hillside at any time. However, please note that ZTP is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. (Note that plastic tarps are not 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 7:30, 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

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 ZTP’s Concession Stand. (Proceeds benefit the production.)
No glass containers allowed.
Smoking is not allowed in the seating area, or anywhere in Zilker Park.
Please help us keep The Hillside clean by putting your trash and recycling in the available containers – and packing as much out with you as you can.

Transportation Options to The Hillside

ZTP encourages you to consider using pedal power or public transportation to attend the Zilker Summer Musical.

Driving & Parking at Zilker Park

If you are driving to Zilker Park, we suggest you enter via EASTBOUND Barton Springs Road from Mopac.  Westbound lanes can back up, and cause delays in arriving to the park, in addition to competing for left-turns by general park visitors.  If you are approaching the park via the westbound lanes, we suggest you take the turn-around at Mopac and 2244.
Zilker Park driving routes 2017

Use any green pathways on the route for the quickest access to the inbound Zilker Hillside Theater parking areas. At the end of the night, use any red pathway to exit the park.

The City of Austin offers FREE parking in the Polo Field (above the Hillside Theater) in Zilker Park on Thursday – Sunday evenings starting at 6 pm.

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 Parking 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. They are first-come, first-served. Please arrive by 7:30 if you will need ADA seating at the Zilker Hillside Theater.
    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.
Via MoPac:
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.
Via I-35:
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.

Biking

Public Transportation

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)

RIDE AUSTIN = SUPPORT ZTP with ROUND UP!

Use RideAustin to come see The Wizard of Oz and support Zilker Theatre Productions through the Round Up program!

For more information about the 59th annual Zilker Summer Musical The Wizard of Oz in Summer 2017, click here.

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