Shakespeare in the Park, Dallas

Sitting on a blanket with a picnic dinner and a bottle of sparkling grape juice, my sixteen-year-old and I had an amazing time sitting under a full moon and laughing at the incredible performance of Richard III by Brandon Potter!  The casualness of the outdoor venue and lawn seating is a wonderful contribution to the terrific talents on stage, and make a fun evening for the entire family!

Shakespeare in the park

Know Before You Go

Purchase tickets online for earlier seating.  This includes Groupons.

Check out Groupons for discount tickets, although Donation Days allow you to pay what you want, and can be less expensive.

Arrive early for the best seating.  We arrived at 6:30 for the 8:15 show.

Parking is $5.

Children 12 and younger are always FREE.


Shakespeare in the Park is set in a big field in Samuel Grand Park in East Dallas, just minutes from Downtown.  We arrived early, since all seating is lawn seating and first-come.  We entertained ourselves with card games, bubbles on the lawn and just talking, since there wasn’t a single Pokemon to be found, which wasn’t a bad thing.

As a family event, there were many more children there then I expected, probably due to the fact that it is FREE for 12 and under!  It was great to watch them play before the show, and being considerate for something that Mom and Dad wanted to do.

Chairs or a blanket.  Beach chairs are the preferred chair, since they sit low to the ground.  You can rent them there for $5/each or 2 for $8.

What to Bring

Chairs or a blanket

An ice chest with cold drinks

A picnic lunch

Bug spray and sunscreen

A small table and a deck of cards while you wait.

Bubbles or other activities for younger children

Picnic Lunch

Since my son beat me at Uno 4 times straight, I quickly decided my favorite part about the pre-show activities were watching what everyone else had brought to eat!  There were feast going on all around us that put our simple picnic to shame!

Need ideas for your picnic?  Click HERE to read an article from Real Simple!

If you can’t pack a picnic at home, head over to the nearby Whole Foods Market, 3 miles away, where you can order a Picnic To Go, with several different entrees, all packed up for you, or just pick up some items in the store!


The area in front of the stage is reserved for Season Passholders.

Ask at the front which side is better to sit on.  Some shows have more action on one side than the other.


Shakespeare in the Park is wheelchair accessible.


During opening week, the concession stands sold wine and beer, but you can always bring your own, to enjoy at a table in the Wine Garden, or at your seats.

You can come and go, which means you can set up your chairs, then go hang out in the shaded Wine Garden, head back to your car or even take the kids to the playground.  Once the sun began to set, about 7pm, the gentle breeze made for a comfortable evening.


You can support Shakespeare Dallas by purchasing t-shirts, bags, blankets, koozies or other items at their stand.

Nearby Things To Do in Dallas

Make a day or weekend out of visiting these fun attractions near Shakespeare in the Park.


The Dallas Arboretum, on the shores of White Rock Lake, has beautiful gardens, and terrific family activities.  Click HERE to read more.

The Children’s Adventure Garden is an outdoor museum!  Click HERE to read more!

White Rock Lake Park has a walking and bike trail, picnic tables and shady trees to watch the sailboats! Click HERE to read more.

TopGolf Dallas lets you enjoy your own bay while watching tv, dining and using their 2 story driving range. Click HERE to read more.


Cane Russo Pizza is consistently voted the best pizza in Dallas.  Click HERE to read more.

The Lot offers traditional food such as chicken strips and burgers, on a HUGE sandbox filled with tons of activities for kids of all ages!  Click HERE to read more.

Shakespeare in the Park 

 Samuell Grand Park
1500 Tenison Parkway

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