Plan Your Visit

Patrons of all ages enjoy the beauty and excitement of First State Ballet Theatre performances.

If this is your first visit to the ballet or you have questions about what to expect, we hope you’ll find the following information helpful in planning an unforgettable trip. If you have other questions, please contact First State Ballet Theatre at 302-658-7897 x 3851 or the Grand Opera House at 1-800-37-GRAND.

Click here to find answers on the most frequently asked questions about attending an FSBT performance.

About the Grand Opera House

FSBT's performing home is the mainstage of Wilmington’s Grand Opera House. The Grand’s box office sells tickets to all FSBT Grand Opera House shows. You may purchase tickets by calling the Grand box office at 1-800-37-GRAND, online (option not available the actual date of performance) or by visiting the box office in person. Discounts are not available online. The box office’s Will Call window opens one hour before each show.

The Grand Box Office Hours:
• 10 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday
•12 PM - 4 PM Saturdays
•One hour before show time through the end of the first intermission on all show days

The box office is located on the Market Street side of the theater to the right of the main theater doors. Ushers, FSBT staff and Grand Opera House staff are available throughout the main lobby and theater and will be happy to provide directions or answer questions.

Wheel chair accessibility

The Grand is fully ADA compliant. Wheelchair patrons can enter the Grand from Market Street or King Street. Please advise box office personnel of special needs when you order tickets.

Food and Drink Policy

Light snacks and refreshments can be purchased at the concession stand before and after the show and during intermission(s), however, food and drink are not permitted in the theater. If you plan to dine before the performance, please leave adequate time to get to the theater.


There are many safe and convenient parking options around the Grand Opera House.

On-Street Parking is available on most streets near the Grand, but be sure to check street signs for parking restrictions. Parking Regulation Enforcement Officers work Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 6:00p.m. They do not enforce parking laws before or after those hours. Neither Parking Regulation Enforcement Officers nor the Wilmington Police Department enforce limited-time parking at meters on weekends and holidays. Patrons are not required to deposit coins on those days.

Nearby Parking Lots include the lot under the DoubleTree Hotel at 7th and King Street, the Wilmington Parking Authority on Orange Street between 8th and 9th streets, and Colonial Parking on both Shipley Street and Orange Street between 7th and 8th streets.


Downtown Wilmington
Distance From Grand Opera House: 0-.3 mi (2 minutes)

821 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

DiMeo's Pizzaiuoli Napulitani
831 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Ernest and Scott Taproom
902 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Green Room
42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19890

La Fia Market Bistro
421 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Loma Coffee
239 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Stitch House Brewery
829 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801


Wilmington Riverfront
Distance from Grand Opera House: 1.4 mi (6 minutes)

UBON Thai Cuisine
936 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

JEENEONG Thai Cuisine
30 South Market Street
at the Christiana Riverfront Market
Wilmington, DE 19801

Banks' Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar
101 S. Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
620 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Big Fish Grill
720 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801