Newcomer Guide

If you're planning on attending your first Moonlight Presents or Moonlight Stage Productions event, we've prepared these tips just for you.

The Moonlight Amphitheatre is:

  • San Diego's Number One Outdoor Theatre as named by readers of San Diego Magazine
  • A state-of-the-art stage house with a superior outdoor sound system including Surround Sound
  • A beautiful outdoor venue framed with tall eucalyptus trees, a Great Lawn on the hillside at the rear of the Amphitheatre, lawns for picnicking with nightly summer sunsets before each show
  • A summertime tradition that welcomes picnicking inside the Amphitheatre allowing for the enjoyment of the company of family and friends 

Moonlight Stage Productions is:

  • An award-winning and critically acclaimed theatre company producing four blockbuster Broadway musicals each summer. Our productions feature a mix of actors from Broadway, professional regional talent, and superior regional artists. Our productions are accompanied by live orchestras. Our shows often feature the Broadway sets and costumes. You can't get this kind of quality without traveling to New York!

Moonlight Presents is:

  • A presenting program offering artists and productions that tour nationally. Moonlight Presents offers programming at the Moonlight Amphitheatre and other venues year-round outside of the Summer Season of Moonlight Stage Productions.

How Do I Get Tickets?

For Moonlight Stage Productions, Season Tickets are the best deal around. When you buy all four musicals, you save up to 25% off of single tickets. The savings equals to getting one show free! Who said nothing in life is free? To order season tickets, call us at 760.724.2110.

If you don't want to order all four shows, just order single tickets online when they go on sale March 25, 2017.

If you have a group of 20 or more people, we offer a discount. Get the info here.

For Moonlight Presents events we offer a four show discount of 10% off your order. Single tickets are also available and can be purchased online.

Tell me about seating

The Moonlight Amphitheatre has two types of seating: Lawn Seating and Reserved Seats.

  • Lawn Seating: yes, you actually do sit on the lawn! But leave your chair at home because we supply them for you at no extra charge when you enter the Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre’s audience seating area is comprised of rows of tiers with lawns as well as the Great Lawn on the hillside at the rear of the venue. Please note that outside lawn chairs are not permitted inside the Amphitheatre.

RESERVED LAWN SEATING. For the lawn area in the main audience area, we offer reserved lawn seating. This option eliminates having to line-up early to reach the best lawn seating closest to the stage.

GENERAL ADMISSION LAWN AT DISCOUNTED PRICES. We have designated lawn areas in the main audience area as well as on the Great Lawn at the rear of the Amphitheatre on the hillside as General Admission lawn seating. Lawn chairs are provided at the entrance for no additional charge. Outside lawn chairs are not permitted inside of the Amphitheatre.

  • Reserved Seats: these are traditional, stadium style seats. There are three sections: Orchestra (the seating area nearest to the stage), Reserved (the seating area behind the Orchestra section), and the Fringe Section (located on the sides of each row within the Reserved Section). The Fringe section is discounted. Some patrons like to bring a seat cushion, and you're welcome to as well. Not too high though, your fellow audience members behind you want to see the stage as well.

What are my food and drink options for the Moonlight Stage Productions musicals and Moonlight Presents events?

We have a few options for you to make your Moonlight experience even more enjoyable:

  • Picnicking: bring your own picnic supper to the Amphitheatre and enjoy some social time with family and friends. We open our gates 1.5 hours before each show so that you can enjoy picnicking under the summer sky.
  • Dining: our on-site restaurant, the Artisan Café, is operated by the renowned Chef DK Catering. The Café is located on the Moonlight Patio and offers a casual dining experience for our summer musicals of Aida, The Little Mermaid, Sunset Boulevard, and In the Heights. The Café opens two hours before every summer musical. Reservations are required by calling 760.828.0596. The 2017 menu will be available in the Spring.
  • Concessions: the Artisan Café also runs our two concessions stands at the Amphitheatre. A wide-variety of food and drinks are for sale before the show and during intermission.
  • Alcohol: outside alcohol may not be brought into the Amphitheatre. The Artisan Café sells a variety of wines and beers (many from our local craft breweries).

What are my food and drink options for rental events at the Moonlight?

Note: these policies do not apply to Moonlight Stage Productions' summer musicals or to Moonlight Presents events. See above for that information. For rental events, outside food and alcohol may not be brought into the Amphitheatre. The Artisan Café will be open serving quality beverages and food before the show and during intermission. So leave all of that to us.

The Artisan Café will not offer dinner service for these events, so you may want to visit your favorite restaurant before the show. Don't forget that Vista is home to numerous breweries which may be a great choice to start off your night.

Where may I picnic?

We welcome patrons to enjoy eating on one of the lawns inside the Amphitheatre. There are also picnic tables inside the Amphitheatre (located to the right of the stage as well as on the Great Lawn on the hillside at the rear of the Amphitheatre). For those who have seating in the orchestra or reserved seats, you may sit at the picnic tables throughout the venue or bring a blanket to easily sit and enjoy, then fold it up as you move to your seats.

You may also picnic outside of the Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park which the Amphitheatre sits in the middle of. There are numerous picnic tables and grassy areas throughout the park.

May I bring my kids?

Absolutely! We love to see families enjoying themselves at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. Children two years and older are required to have a ticket.  

Is the Moonlight a good place to bring a date?

The San Diego Union-Tribune named the Moonlight Amphitheatre one of the most romantic places in San Diego County to bring a date! Date nights at the Moonlight are memorable for our picnicking or dining at the Artisan Café and for the experience of seeing a professionally produced Broadway musical or first-rate concert. We start your date night off right. The rest is up to you!

What's the parking situation?

Free parking is available adjacent to the Amphitheatre within Brengle Terrace Park. Look for the directional signs as you drive into the park. We operate a free shuttle in the main grass parking lot before and after the show. Download a map here.

Is there anything else I need to know?

For general theatre policies, click here. If you have more questions and would like to talk to a live human being, we’d love to hear from you. Call us at 760.724.2110 weekdays from Noon to 5 pm.



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Box Office 760.724.2110
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VisTix Box Office 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, 92084



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