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Petite Partner Party: Meet the Dancers!

Join us for exclusive access to meet the dancers backstage! 

Your child will have the opportunity to get autographs and photos with the dancers in costume. Recommended for children ages 3-10. Parties are $25 per child. Parents do not need tickets. Space is limited.

Petite Partner Parties will be held on the following dates:

For more information, please email or call the Development Office at 512.476.9151 ext. 134.

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 at the Long Center

The Long Center 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704 North Entrance. The cost is $8.00 ($10 for special events), collected upon entry into the garage.
Palmer Events Center Garage 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 Parking Garage 505 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 Overflow Parking for The Long Center (There are two entrances: a west entrance on S. 1st St. & a north entrance on Barton Springs Rd.)
Long Center North Entrance and Valet Parking 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 primary parking structure for patrons of The Long Center is the City of Austin's Palmer Events Center Garage. It is 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.

Paid valet parking is available for $18 per car. 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).

 Overflow Parking for the Long Center is located at The One Texas Center listed in the map below.

ADA Accessibility: The Palmer Events Center 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.