McLaren Park

Getting to McLaren Park

Free Shakespeare in the Park is performed at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, off John F. Shelley Drive. The amphitheater is a short walk into the park and isn’t visible from the street or the parking lot.

The address for Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is: 

51 John F. Shelley Drive
San Francisco, CA 93134

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Parking

Please note, parking in the area is extremely limited. Some options include:

  • the lot at 21 John F. Shelley Drive.
  • street parking along John F. Shelley Drive. (Do not leave valuables in your car.)

(see purple areas on map)
McLaren Park Map

Public Transportation

McLaren Park is served by public transportation. BART and MUNI both have nearby stops. A bus is required to arrive closest to the amphitheater.
We recommend using Google Maps or 511.org to plan the best route for you.

Access and seating

Performance Time

  • Performances begin at 2:00 pm. There is one intermission. The show ends at approximately 4:20 pm.
  • At 1:30 pm, a 15-minute Green Show is performed as an introduction to the performance.

Access

  • The park is open all day long. Arrive early for best seating.
  • Seating is first come, first served. Setting out placeholders like blankets, ground cover, coolers, or chairs is allowed. They may be removed if the items are unattended when the show begins.
  • Aisles and walkways for actors will be marked. These spaces must be kept clear at all times.

General Seating

  • The amphitheater contains wooden bleachers for seating as well as a sloped lawn area.
  • All shows are free to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. All seating is general.
  • Late arrivals are welcome! Be prepared to sit where you can find space; you may be able to move closer after intermission. If you arrive late, take care not to walk in front of the stage.
  • All unattended personal items, including bags, blankets, and ground covers may be removed when the show begins.
  • To ensure visibility for all patrons, umbrellas, tents and large shade structures are not allowed.
  • The space is accessible for wheelchairs users. There are paved paths in the park.

What To Bring

  • A performance at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater can be warm. We recommend sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Check the weather report before heading out.
  • To ensure visibility for all patrons, tents, umbrellas, tall or large tables, and shade structures are not permitted.
  • Strollers are allowed, provided they are folded down during the performance and not blocking walkways or in the aisles.

Facilities

Restrooms

Restrooms IconRestrooms are located near the entrance to the amphitheater. The restrooms are ADA accessible.

Food and Drink

Food and Drink IconYou are welcome to bring your own picnics. A concessions table with snacks, candy, soft drinks, coffee and tea is available.

Food within driving distance includes:

Trash, Compost & Recycling

Recycling IconTrash, compost and recycling containers are located throughout the park. Please dispose of your trash. Pack out what you pack in!

Lost & Found

Lost and Found Icon
  • Lost and found items are stored at the Information Table and Concessions.
  • After the performance, call the offices for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival at 415.558.0888.
  • Please be aware of personal items. The Festival cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen items.

Medical

Medical IconFor any medical concerns, please visit the Information Table and Concessions located near the stage. Staff members will be in Staff t-shirts and can offer assistance.

Security

The safety and comfort of our patrons is very important. If you have a concern or witness unsafe activities, please speak with staff.

Information Table and Concessions

  • For questions and general information about SF Shakes, stop by the Information Table near the stage. Our staff will be happy to assist you.
  • A concessions table with snacks, candy, water, soft drinks, coffee, hot chocolate and tea is available. Cash and credit cards are accepted. All items are $2.
  • A Hospitality Manager is always on-site and can assist with a variety of questions and concerns about your experience or other SF Shakes programs.

Weather

  • A performance at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater can be warm. We recommend sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Check the weather report before heading out.
  • The setting sun may be intense. We advise bringing sunglasses, visors, and hats.

Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, please follow instructions from the Hospitality Manager or any announcements from stage.

Services for Senior and Handicapped Patrons

Parking

A limited number of handicapped permit parking spaces are available in the parking lot off John F. Shelley Drive. However, they are a short distance from the amphitheater.

Seating

  • While there is only limited designated ADA seating, we are happy to accommodate patrons to the best of our ability. If you get to the park and need assistance, please see the Hospitality Manager or a staff member.