Opera Philadelphia

Festival O19 Travel Advisory

When making your plans for the final weekend of Festival O19 (Sept. 28 & 29), please note the following road closures and events that may impact your arrival time. Plan your travel accordingly so you don’t miss your performance!

  • Eastbound Interstate 76 from 30th Street to South Street will be closed from 11:00 p.m. Friday, September 27 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 30.
  • Large-scale events are taking place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway both Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29.
  • On Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., demonstrators will gather at Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Blvd. for the “March to End Rape Culture”. Participants will march, going south on 15th St., west on Walnut to Rittenhouse Sq. Park, east on Locust to 11th, 11th to Walnut, Walnut to 13th., north on 13th to Market and back to Paine Plaza.

At the request of our patrons, Opera Philadelphia observes the national opera standard of a No Late Seating Policy. While we understand that traffic conditions, public transportation, or weather can have unexpected effects on your arrival at the performance, we wish to minimize disruptions for seated patrons and for artists onstage.

Latecomers will be asked to wait in the lobby until an appropriate break. Should you arrive late, the Opera provides video monitors in the lobby where you may watch the performance until you are seated. Also, note that there is no reentry once the performance begins. 

*Please note that the appropriate break for late seating for Semele occurs 45 minutes into Act 1.

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