Without Walls Festival takes place in and around the La Jolla Playhouse Theatre District, on the campus of UC San Diego and local neighborhood.
Below is a schedule of when performances take place:
The Without Walls Festival is a three-day event of site-specific and immersive theatre, music, dance and family events taking place in and around La Jolla Playhouse, the UC San Diego campus and local neighborhood. It is presented by La Jolla Playhouse and features work by premier local, national and international artists.
Site-specific performance refers to any production that is performed outside of a traditional theatre space. At the WoW Festival, you can expect to see shows in such varied locations such as a Eucalyptus grove (Queen of Carthage), on a tennis court (Three Sisters) or on a loading dock (Romulus Kilgore’s Mobile Happiness Bazaar). Because many performances are outdoors and may require some walking, casual clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Hats and sunscreen are recommended for warm days.
You should plan to spend several hours, or even a full day, to experience the full range programming the Festival has to offer – whether to take in a complimentary performance like The Spheres, enjoy live music in the Festival Village or just relax with new friends and enjoy a beer. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance as many productions may sell out, although there will are several free performances that you can enjoy without tickets. Convenient services such as an on-site restaurant, beverage bars and restrooms will be available.
Yes! There are several performances and events for families offered every day of the Festival.
Family-friendly performances include The Spheres (all ages), Flock of Flyers (all ages), Gnomesense! A Happening in the Garden (all ages), The Adventures of Heartman (all ages), Seven Butterflies (ages 6 and up) and Dances with Walls (ages 6 and up).
On Saturday and Sunday, the Playhouse is proud to partner with the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido (SDCDM) to bring their whimsical hands-on outdoor experiences ART GARDEN and FORT BUILDING for children of all ages (from 0 – 100).
Saturday is Family Day and features the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum activities, plus additional exhibits from the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), the Mingei International Museum and the Timken Museum.
For an extra-special experience, join the Society of Creative Thinkers!
Click here for more information on all family-friendly events.
No. Credit and debit cards will be accepted on-site for performances. Please bring cash – some food vendors accept cash only.
There are several parking options that are described in detail on the parking page
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Complimentary valet parking is provided for VIP Pass holders.
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La Jolla Playhouse is conveniently located on MTS Bus Route 30 (weekdays) and Route 41 (Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays)
Complimentary shuttle service will be available for all performances outside of the Festival Village. Shuttle pick-up and drop off are conveniently located on the corner of Scholar’s Drive and Revelle Drive in the Festival Village. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes. Return shuttle service is provided from the performance location back to the Festival Village.
Shuttle Service is provided to the following remote shows:
Heaven on Earth
Queen of Carthage
The Festival Village is wheelchair accessible and all productions have either a wheelchair accessible track or an alternate viewing option. Please advise box office personnel of wheelchair access needs at the time of ticket purchase so that we can ensure a the best possible experience during your visit.
With the exception of Healing Wars, each performance takes place in a non-traditional, mostly outdoor performance space around La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego and the local neighborhood. Our assisted listening devices are theatre specific and unable to be used in these alternative spaces. However we will provide an audio described performance of Healing Wars on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 pm in the Forum Theatre.
Healing Wars offers an open-captioned performance on Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 pm and an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 pm. Other recommended productions: The Spheres, Dances with Walls and Gnomesense: A Happening in the Garden! are non-verbal performances with music.
There will be several public restrooms available on site. These are a mixture of existing restrooms and portable facilities.
Yes, there will be several food and drink options for purchase throughout the run of the festival. Please bring cash – some food vendors accept cash only.
We are animal lovers at the Playhouse, but they may be disruptive during live performance. We kindly ask that you leave all pets at home.
Tickets are required for specific Festival productions and are conveniently priced from $10 - $29. Several
productions are free and there is no cost to enter the Festival Village Friday - Sunday.
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Students save $5 on all WoW productions. Select the student pricing at checkout. Tickets will be held in Will Call and a Student ID is needed for pick up.
There are also savings when you purchase multiple productions. Buy 2 shows and receive a 10% discount, buy 3 or more shows and receive a 20% discount. This discount is only valid when purchasing multiple productions. Your discount is automatically applied at check out.
WoW ticket packages include a 20% discount. Buy packages here.
Please call the box office at (858) 550-1010.
There will be tickets sold on-site at the Potiker Theatre Box Office during the Festival. Tickets will not be sold at entrance points of individual performances.
Performance durations are listed on the production page of individual shows as well as on the Festival Schedule distributed on-site.
We are offering a VIP pass, which is good for all three days of the festival. The VIP pass includes three
tickets to performances of your choice as well as other unique benefits. Please visit the VIP Pass page for more
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Various ticket packages are also available
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If you have pre-purchased tickets, please pick them up at the Will Call booth located at the entrance to the Festival Village. The Potiker Box Office will be open during festival hours for patrons to purchase new or additional tickets.
All major credit cards, cash and personal checks are accepted.
All ticket sales are final. Tickets cannot be exchanged. No refunds or cancellations. Should you lose or misplace your tickets, Patron Services can reprint them for you.
Absolutely! We would love to have you involved! If you are interested in volunteering for the WoW
please visit our Volunteer page and give us some information about yourself so we can contact you with
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Please contact Becky Biegelsen, Public Relations Director at (858) 550-1070 ext 104 or [email protected].
Please contact Alex Goodman at (858) 228-3081 or email
For general inquires please email [email protected].