Plan Your Visit


Hobby Center 101

Welcome to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. We hope this information will help you make the most of your experience at the Hobby Center.

Arriving at the Hobby Center

Allen Parkway On-going Renovation/Construction

The City of Houston has begun an extensive renovation project on Allen Parkway estimated to be completed by May of 2016. During this project traffic lanes may be limited or access to certain streets may be limited. If traveling to the Hobby Center via Allen Parkway, please give yourself enough time to arrive on time for your performance.

More information can be found HERE.

Please allow plenty of time to park, order intermission drinks and purchase merchandise and souvenirs. We recommend that you arrive no later than 30 minutes before curtain. Doors open 90 minutes before the show, and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.


Going to the theater is a festive and fun event so choose appropriate but comfortable attire. Formal wear is not required. Attire generally ranges from business casual to cocktail dresses and suits. Ladies may wish to bring a wrap to be comfortable in the air conditioning.


An ATM is located in our ticket lobby, just inside the main doors.


Choose from a variety of options:

Artista Restaurant: Located on the second level of the Hobby Center, Artista offers contemporary South American cuisine in a theatrical setting overlooking the downtown Houston skyline. For more information and reservations, visit

Grand Lobby Bistro: Offers a lighter fare of salad, pasta, Panini bars, full plated entrées and decadent desserts.  A full bar offers an assortment of beverages including wine and cocktails.

Concession Stands: Located throughout the theatre, concessions stands are open 90 minutes prior to performance and during intermission and offer an assortment of candies, snacks and beverages, including wine and cocktails.

Parking Options
  • Garage – Our on-site parking garage accommodates 800 cars. It is located immediately adjacent to our complex and is accessible from both Rusk and Walker Streets. Parking in the garage is $12 per car.

  • Valet – Valet parking is available in our circle drive off Bagby Street. The current cost is $25.

  • Free valet for all Lexus drivers! Courtesy of Houston Lexus Dealer Association.

PLEASE NOTE:Valet and Hobby Center garage parking is subject to availability. Large attendance at various performances may create high demand limiting access, and resulting in the closing of valet and/or self-parking prior to the start time of a performance.

Public Transportation

Metro Bus 
Let Houston Metro plan your trip to the Hobby Center. Simply visit Houston Metro's Trip Planner website to find the fastest and most convenient route – no matter where you are. Find the Hobby Center listed as an entertainment landmark in the Metro Trip Planner, select your own starting point and you'll find the easiest way to get to the show.

Houston offers a number of taxi services that will gladly bring you to and from the Hobby Center, no matter where you are in the greater Houston area. You can reserve a taxi 24 hours in advance or look for one of our Floor Captains, identified by their blue jackets, to assist you with calling for a taxi at the end of the show.
Yellow Cab: 713.236.1111 or
Liberty Cab: 713.695.6700
United Cab: 713.699.0000

Length of Performances

Most shows last between 2 ½ hours and 3 hours. See individual show listings for more information.

Tickets Held at Will Call

You may pick up tickets held in your name at the Box Office in the lobby of the Hobby Center 90 minutes before the show.

Merchandise and Souvenirs
  • The Encore store offers mementos of your visit to the Hobby Center.

  • Merchandise for each touring show is generally available in the Grand Lobby area.

  • Complimentary Playbills are distributed for most performances.

  • Souvenir programs, along with other assorted merchandise for each show, are available for purchase in the Grand Lobby of the Hobby Center during performances.

If You Need Help
  • Floor Captains, identified by their blue jackets, and Hobby Center volunteers are available to provide any help you may need.

  • Paramedics are on site for all public, ticketed events. Please see a volunteer or any staff member for assistance.

  • The Box Office is open through intermission so you may purchase tickets to other performances.

  • Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff personnel provide traffic control and supplement our 24-hour security staff.

  • There is always a Manager on Duty to assist you.

In an emergency, family members or friends may reach you by calling 713.315.2444. We will try to get an emergency message to their family member/friend. It is helpful if we can get their seat location.