The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

Part concert venue, part park, and home to the San Diego Symphony, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is the place where culture and nature intersect.
Jessica VanHook
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Experience Music and Performance at its Best

The Beautiful Rady Shell TheaterLooking at the Rady Shell Theater from San Diego Bay

First opened in 2021 near Downtown San Diego, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is the culmination of a long-time civic desire for a state-of-the-art concert venue that elevates the experience of live music while also serving as a public center for San Diegans.

Located in the Embarcadero on a peninsula that juts out into the San Diego Bay, the facility boasts a dramatic architectural design and unique waterfront location. With 13,000 square feet of performance space and flexible seating capacity from an intimate setting of up to 10,000 people, the venue is truly one of a kind!

It is the summer home to the San Diego Symphony and, when not in use for an event, is open to the general public from 6:00 AM - 10:30 PM daily.

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is the new permanent location, more specifically on the Embarcadero Marina Park South, for premier performances and events.

Taco and Pizza Food Vendors at the Rady Shell Theater
Taco and Pizza Food Vendors at the Rady Shell Theater

Food and Drink Options

There are numerous on-site food and drink options ranging from casual to upscale for your next concert. These can be pre-ordered online through The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park website or purchased in-person at the time of your visit.

Note that no outside food or drinks are permitted inside the venue during events.

Boardwalk next to the Rady Shell Theater
Boardwalk next to the Rady Shell Theater

ADA Accessibility

From ADA-accessible seating and parking to wheelchairs, restrooms, and hearing impaired headphones, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is ready to help make your experience seamless.

Seating and Accommodation

Every section of the venue is ADA-accessible, with seating for both transfer and non-transfer wheelchairs, companion and semi-ambulatory.

Restrooms are also available, as well as wheelchairs when requested.

Hearing Impaired

For the hearing impaired, an Assistive Listening System unit and headphones are available for use.

ADA-Accessible Parking

There is limited accessible parking, but it cannot be paid for in advance. When these spaces become full, you will be directed to an overflow disabled lot nearby.

There are also a limited number of free disabled parking spots in the peninsula lot, but these are often occupied by others using the public park and fishing pier on the Embarcadero.

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What You Can See at the Venue

Before the Show at the Rady Shell Theater
Before the Show at the Rady Shell Theater

From Grammy award-winner Peter Frampton to author, actor, and activist Willie Nelson to dancer and choreographer Derek Hough and more, here is a list of upcoming concerts and performances happening at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park in 2024.

Peter Frampton: Never EVER Say Never Tour

Coming April 14, 2024 at 7:30 PM, Grammy award-winner Peter Frampton is coming to The Rady Shell on his “Never EVER Say Never” Tour.

One of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history, his record Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the top selling live records of all time with over 17 million sold worldwide.

Front Seat with Tables at the Rady Shell Theater
Front Seat with Tables at the Rady Shell Theater

Willie Nelson & Family

Author, actor, and activist Willie Nelson comes to the stage with special guests Asleep at the Wheel this April 22, 2024 at 7:00 PM.

Wille’s career has spanned seven decades, and in recent years he has released more than a dozen new albums, released a Top 10 New York Times bestselling book, launched two cannabis companies and more.

Derek Hough - Symphony of Dance

Mark your calendar this May 19, 2024 at 7:30 PM! For the first time in four years, dancer and choreographer Derek Hough is bringing you an all new Symphony of Dance to The Rady.

This fast-paced live stage show will feature a wide array of dance styles from elegant ballroom to sexy Latin to captivating contemporary and more. With a live band, electrifying music, awe-inspiring dance, and nonstop entertainment, this is one event you don’t want to miss out on!

(Note: Tickets previously purchased for the December 2023 performance of “Derek Hough: Symphony of Dance” will be honored.)

The San Diego Symphony
The San Diego Symphony

Summer 2024 Opening Night with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate the opening of the Conrad Presby 2024 Summer Season with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra this June 28, 2024 at 7:30 PM! This year’s concert will be conducted by conductor Gemma New and by pianist Olga Kern.

Kern will be performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, as well as Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol.

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The Best Time to Visit, Where to Stay Nearby & More

San Diego Bay and the Rady Shell Theater from San Diego Bay
San Diego Bay and the Rady Shell Theater from San Diego Bay

The best time to visit the theater is when your favorite artist is performing. For me, I love the summertime at the Rady Shell because of the list of concerts.

These events usually begin at 7:30 PM and last two hours, including intermission, although some may go as late as 10:00 PM. Some concerts earlier or later in the year may have different start times.

For most concerts, entrance gates open two hours before concert time. Latecomers are seated at an appropriate interval as determined by the house manager.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Stay Near the Theater

If you’re planning to make a weekend out of your event or wanting to stay overnight, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is an excellent choice. It’s conveniently located just half a mile, or within walking distance, of The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.

The Hilton hotel offers spectacular views of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge, as well as rejuvenating spa experiences and 165,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space for your next gathering.

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Getting Tickets

The Box Office at the Rady Shell Theater
The Box Office at the Rady Shell Theater

Tickets for upcoming concerts and performances can be pre-purchased online on The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park website or in-person at the Rady Shell Box Office.

Concert packages and full and half subscriptions can also be purchased at a discount online on their website. New and returning subscribers are welcome.

As a subscriber benefit, you may exchange any concert for FREE. If you are exchanging to a more expensive seat, you will need to pay the difference, while if you are exchanging to a less expensive seat, you will receive a credit.

Know Before You Go & Tips

Lot Parking
Lot Parking

From directions and parking to transportation and discounts, here are some important tips and things to know before you go to your next concert at the Rady Shell.

The Rady Shell Theater
The Rady Shell Theater

Directions and Parking

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is located at 222 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101.

There are numerous ways to get to its concerts including driving, shuttle, ferry, trolley, bike, foot, water taxi, regular taxi, or rideshare.

Pre-paid parking is available through Ace Parking and can be made online through the spACE website.

Drive-up parking may or may not be available on the day of the concert, and if available, may be significantly more expensive than paying for parking in advance.

Walking up to the Rady Shell Theater
Walking up to the Rady Shell Theater

Transportation

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park has a dedicated ride-share drop off and pick-up location near its shuttle pickup near the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Marina Park Way.

The shuttle also always contains at least one ADA-equipped shuttle bus.

Seating Arrangement at the Rady Shell Theater
Seating Arrangement at the Rady Shell Theater

Discounts

If you show your MTS receipt for getting to the concert, you can receive a special $6 MTS discount on a ticket purchased at the Rady Shell Box Office.

Student, senior, military, and group sales discounts are also available!

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