William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre
Exit at Downtown Downtown Berkeley Station, located at the corner of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue. Walk one block east on Center Street to the campus, then turn right on Oxford Street until Bancroft Way. Turn left on Bancroft to Gayley Road. Turn left onto Gayley. The Greek Theater is approximately four blocks on the right.
Exit at Rockridge Station. Take a #51 AC Transit Bus north on College Avenue to the campus and exit at Bancroft Way and College Avenue. Turn right (east) onto Bancroft one block to Gayley Road. Turn left onto Gayley. The Greek Theater is approximately four blocks on the right.
Helpful Transportation Phone Numbers
511 (can be dialed from any area code.)
www.bart.org (schedule your trip online!)
(24 hour recorded information)
From Interstate 80 (San Francisco, Oakland, Marin):
Exit at University Avenue exit. Continue east on University Avenue approximately 1.5 miles to Oxford Street. Turn left on Oxford and travel two blocks to Hearst Street. Turn right on Hearst to Gayley Road. Turn right on Gayley. The Greek Theatre is on the left two blocks in. See also Highway and Campus maps below for for locations of venues.
From Highway 24:
Exit at Telegraph Avenue exit. Turn right onto Telegraph Avenue and continue north approximately 2 miles to Durant Street. Turn right on Durant and continue to Piedmont Avenue. Turn left onto Piedmont. The Greek Theater is approximately a quarter mile on the right. See also Highway and Campus maps below for for locations of venues.
Map of Highways
Map of Campus
Yes, we know parking in Berkeley can often be difficult. In our Parking section you'll find some recommended locations and parking alerts, for times when parking may be scarce on campus due to conflicting events.
Patron Information and the Greek Theatre
Recently named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 10 amphitheaters in America, the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre (known to most simply as "The Greek") is a favorite performance venue of artists and audiences alike and is renowned for its intimate setting and spectacular views.
We hope the following information will properly introduce you to this well-loved venue order to make your experience as positive as possible:
Directions and Parking
Please see our Getting Here and Parking sections for all of the details on parking locations and drop off/loading zone information.
- Seating at the Greek varies from the temporary folding seats set up in the pit area (premium seats) and lower Sections A-F to the stone bench seating in Sections 1-10 above. For a more comfortable experience, we encourage you to bring personal seat cushions (or a folded up blanket).
- Seats in Sections 1-10 are accessible via a rather steep set of stone steps. We recommend wearing comfortable, flat shoes in order to navigate the stairs.
- Lawn Seats: You are welcome to bring a small blanket or cushions for seating in the Lawn area. Please note that large or structured lawn chairs cannot be brought into the venue. Please see below for an additional list of what to bring...and what not to bring.
The Ticket Office
The Box Office at the Greek Theatre opens for sales and will call 90 minutes prior to show time. The venue box office is only open on the performance day and is located at the north entrance to the venue. The closest intersection for mapping purposes is Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road.
What to Wear
As the Greek is an outdoor venue and the Bay Area's weather is notoriously fickle, we recommend both bringing suntan lotion and wearing comfortable, layered clothing in order to weather our famous fog. (As well as the stone seats and short walk to the venue from parking locations.)
Food and Drink
Various food and beverage options will be available for purchase within the venue, including a selection of beer and wine.
While you can bring in your own picnic items, please limit the size of your feast to a small container as the area around your seat is limited. You will not be permitted to bring alcohol into the facility. The venue will open 90 minutes prior to the performance start time.
Please note that this event is scheduled to go on rain or shine.
Recap: What to bring
- Extra layer of clothing
- Blanket or personal legless seat cushion for comfortable seating
- Small picnic items if desired
What not to bring!
The following are not allowed in the venue: Strollers, large backpacks, large blankets, structured stadiums chairs, alcohol, cans, bottles, large ice chests, picnic baskets, lawn furniture, weapons of any kind, umbrellas, and pets.
The Greek Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Patrons who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility may be dropped off at the North gate for entrance via the wheelchair ramp in front of the Ticket Office.