We are thrilled to see you at the 2024 Central City Opera Festival! Before you head up the hill, here are some things to know to make your trip as smooth as possible.

Directions & Parking

Summer traffic in the mountains can often back up, so plan ahead! Check the C-DOT travel website for traffic conditions before you depart for Central City.

We offer a reserved parking lot (The Teller Lot) adjacent to the Opera House at $15 per car per performance. Parking can be ordered at any time (subject to availability), including when you place your order for tickets, up to 24 hours in advance of a performance. There is also free parking on the street and in the Century Casino lot (limited availability). 

Please plan to account for possible traffic and arrive early to enjoy Central City prior to the performance. Once the doors have closed, the first break to allow latecomer entrance is approximately one hour into the performance. Audio/video viewing will be available in the Teller House next door for ticketholders who arrive after the production begins.

More information about directions and parking >

Dining Options

Fine dining, small bites and drinks are back at Rouge and Face Bar (click for menus) with service provided by Serendipity Catering. Hours of operation are generally two hours prior to evening performances, and three hours prior to matinee performances as follows:

Matinee Performances 
Face Bar 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Evening Performances
Face Bar 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rouge 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Box Office is located in the Teller House and opens two hours ahead of each performance. If you are picking up tickets at will call, we recommend arriving 45 minutes prior to the show start time. If you have additional questions about your tickets or need any additional information, please contact our Box Office at 303-292-6700 or email boxoffice@centralcityopera.org.


Restrooms are located off the Opera House Patio and on the lower floor of the Teller House. An additional accessible restroom is located on the first floor of the Teller House.

Gift Shop

Be sure to stop by the Central City Opera Gift Shop, located in the Teller House adjacent to the Opera House.


Listen to the Central City Opera Podcast on your drive to Central City and get a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming productions.

Festival Program

Download the digital version of the Festival Program. Physical copies will be available at the Opera House.

Festival Extras

On most performing days in the summer, we offer Festival Extras to enhance your day in Central City. Whether it’s a Lunch and a Song with a young artist, taking in a Short Work before your mainstage show, or you want to let us do the driving and enjoy the Opera Bus, we want to enhance your festival experience. 

For the benefit of all patrons, please note the following policies:
  • Performances begin promptly at the advertised time. Due to the historic and incredibly intimate nature of our venue, it is difficult to seat latecomers without interrupting the rest of the audience’s experience. If you arrive late, you will be seated in the balcony until intermission
  • Patron use of cellular phones, cameras and recording devices is not allowed in the Opera House
  • Food is not allowed in the Opera House
  • Drinks are not allowed inside the Opera House
  • Please be considerate of other patrons and refrain from talking or making other audible disturbances during the performance
  • Unless the performance is canceled, no refunds are given for any reason, including supertitle malfunction and weather conditions
  • Casting is subject to change without notice
  • If you or another patron needs first aid please contact the nearest usher
  • Assisted listening devices are available upon request
  • Central City Opera, at its own discretion, reserves the right to decline service to any patron

View more frequently asked questions here.