Bring your friends for a festive, pre-performance gathering at the OperaDelaware Studios lot on the Christina Riverfront!

Prior to the Saturday performance of Falstaff (May 21), OperaDelaware will host a Pre-Opera Tailgate at the OperaDelaware Studios (4 S. Poplar St.), just blocks from the event. Transportation will be provided to/from the performance at The Grand Opera House.


  • Tailgate includes a 10x10 parking spot and a shuttle to/from the performances at the Grand Opera House. Tailgate timelines are listed below.

  • Tailgate blocks are just $25. Each tailgate block comes with two parking spaces (one space for a car and another for your tailgate accoutrements!). Feel free to set up folding tables, chairs, tents, etc. in your block.

  • Use this time to chat and chew and have some fun with fellow opera fans! You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your creativity by participating in a good-old-fashioned tailgate competition to win fabulous prizes!

  • Don’t want to bring your cooking gear? Pre-order a meal from OperaDelaware’s exclusive partner, Harry’s Seafood, to have a meal ready for you to pick up right before the event! To see the special tailgate menu, please go here.


  • 1 car per block (see Rules below for info on additional car parking spots)
  • Two (2) entries for raffle for tickets to any 2016-2017 performance
  • Two (2) entries DE Arts Package raffle
  • Entry into tailgate competition
  • Transportation from tailgate to Grand Opera House
  • 15% discount on same-night show tickets (use promo code TAILGATE at checkout)


  • Tailgate spots are first come, first serve.
  • 1 car per tailgate block; Additional cars may park in the side lot for $10/car, which can purchased in advance or at the tailgate.
  • Tailgate ends 1 hour prior to show start time.
  • Transportation to the show begins 1 hour prior to show and ends 30 minutes prior to show.
  • All grills must be turned off well in advance of shuttle service.
  • Security will be onsite until midnight.
  • Suggested dress: business casual


Pre-Falstaff Tailgate, Saturday, May 21
3:30 p.m. Access to parking lot available
4-6:30 p.m. Tailgate
6:15 & 6:45 p.m. Bus service from OperaDelaware lot to The Grand
7:30-10 p.m. Falstaff performance
10:15 & 11:00 p.m. Bus service from The Grand to OperaDelaware Studios