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Ballet-o-mania! Interactive Discovery Lounge

Be in the know, before the show! Immerse yourself in the world of Ballet Austin before every performance at The Long Center by checking out Ballet-o-mania!

Guests are encouraged to show up early and explore our live demonstrations, touch costume fabric samples, hear music samples, learn more about the dance works and their history immersive exhibits at their own leisure.

Ballet-o-mania! will take place on the mezzannine level inside Gallery 701 and will remain open to guests through both intermissions. 

Free for all Ticket Holders


Just an hour before every show, join us for a look at the final preparations for the ballet. Enjoy the last minute workings of dancers and production crew as you learn about the historical, choreographic, and artistic aspects of the production you are about to see. This informal lecture takes place inside the theater on the mezzanine level prior to the evening ballet performances at The Long Center. If your group includes younger audience members, we encourage you to join us for Footlights for Families beginning one hour before the matinee performanes of this production.

Length of Program: Approximately 25 minutes

Free for all Ticket Holders

Footlights for Families

Footlights for Families is designed for the entire family, focusing on audience members under the age of 12. This session takes the place of our regular pre-show talk geared towards adult audience members, Footlights, for select matinee performances. Footlights for Families blends information from Footlights with interactive questions and production stories you won’t hear anywhere else. 

Length of Program: Approximately 25 minutes

Free for all Ticket Holders


Join Ballet Austin Artistic Director / Choreographer Stephen Mills for an informal post-performance conversation and Q&A.

Mills and special guests, such as company dancers, composers, and set and costume designers, answer questions about the artistic process involved in creating a ballet.

Encore takes place inside the theater at the Orchestra Level immediately following selected performances at The Long Center and the AustinVentures StudioTheater.

Length of Program: Approximately 15 minutes

Free for all Ticket Holders

Parking Near the Long Center

Long Center Garage - South Entrance off of Barton Springs 900 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 South Entrance on Barton Springs Road. The cost is $8.00 ($10 for special events), collected upon entry into the garage.
The One Texas Center Garage - Entrance off of Barton Springs 505 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 Overflow Parking for The Long Center (There are two entrances: a west entrance on S. 1st Street & a north entrance of off Barton Springs Rd. via Haywood Ave.)
Long Center Garage - North Entrance and Valet Parking off of Riverside Drive 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704 North Entrance Parking $8.00—$10 for special events—collected upon entry into the garage. Valet parking $18

The Long Center  |  701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

The Long Center offers nearby parking in two garages within walking distance of the theater:

1.) City of Austin's Palmer Events Center Garage, located behind and to the east of the Long Center. This structure has two entrances—the South Entrance on Barton Springs Road and North Entrance on Riverside Drive. There is an $8 charge per vehicle to park in this structure. (Note: A $10 fee may be charged during festivals and other special events.)

  • ADA Accessibility: The Palmer Garage has 24 accessible/handicapped parking spaces located closest to the garage elevators on each level. Patrons may also enter the valet line through the first entrance to the Long Center off of Riverside Drive and pull up to the curb to drop off at the main entrance. Elevator access is available through the ground level doors for Rollins Lobby next to the Box Office. Staff will be available to direct you should you need assistance. 

2.) One Texas Center is located at the southeast corner of S. 1st Street and Barton Springs Road, next to the Extended Stay America and can be accessed via Haywood Avenue (off Riverside Drive) or the drive off of S. First Street. There is an $8 charge per vehicle to park in this structure during weekends. (Note: A $10 fee may be charged during festivals and other special events.)

The Long Center offers paid valet parking at the venue:

Paid valet parking is available at the Long Center for $18 per vehicle. For valet parking, drop-off by driving eastbound on Riverside Drive and entering the first drive on your right past the Long Center (please stay in the right-hand lane of the Keller Williams Circular Drive). 

  • The entrance to Valet Parking is off of Riverside Drive as you head east toward the intersection of Riverside Drive and S. 1st Street. The Valet entrance will be the first of two driveways on the right side of the street. The second drive on the right leads to the entrance of the Palmer Garage.