[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3411″ img_size=”400×300″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_column_text]centralparksm

50 East 5th Ave. San Mateo, CA, 94401
Park website[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1467614930447{padding-bottom: 6px !important;}”]Central Park is one of San Mateo’s most feature-rich parks. Enjoy the Japanese Garden, ranked 14th in North America for public gardens, and mini Train, which has been a delight for children for generations. The park also offers a playground, tennis courts, baseball field, horseshoes, and four picnic areas.

SVS performs outside the Recreation Center, in the middle of the park.

Parking and Public Transportation

In addition to street parking around the park, there are three nearby parking lots:

  • 5th and Railroad Lot (S B St & E 5th Ave)
  • Central Garage (S San Mateo Drive & E 3rd Ave)
  • Tennis Court Garage (S San Mateo Dr & E 5th Ave)

We encourage you to take advantage of public transportation.


From San Francisco

  1. Take 101 South
  2. Take the 3rd Avenue – East exit
  3. Turn left onto South Ellsworth Avenue
  4. Turn right onto East 5th Avenue

From San Jose

  1. Take 101 North
  2. Take the CA-92 West exit toward Half Moon Bay
  3. Take the CA-82 North (El Camino Real) exit
  4. Turn right onto East 5th Avenue

From CA-92

  1. Take the CA-82 North (El Camino Real) exit
  2. Turn right onto East 5th Avenue

Seating Information

There is no formal seating at Central Park. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. You will want to bring a blanket or low-back folding chair. Most guests are more comfortable on a blanket or cushion.

SVS Members can bring their membership card to the concession table to pick up their free cushion and blanket rental. Visitors are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at any of the park’s many picnic tables, or in the lawn by the stage.


Concessions are available one half hour before show time, through the end of intermission. Available items include prepackaged snacks, water, and a variety of sodas. Silicon Valley Shakespeare merchandise is also available.


Full indoor restrooms and hand-washing stations are available in the park.

Frequently Asked Questions

[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”What time are the performances?” el_id=”1435126555309-771b9f72-6208″]Performances at Central Park begin at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2:30pm on Sundays.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”How much are tickets?” el_id=”1435126555331-43b3fbb3-b6ae”]Our performances at Central Park are free to the public, thanks to the City of San Mateo. The actors will “pass the hat” at the end of each performance for those who wish to make a donation. The suggested donation is $10 per adult. Checks can be made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare. Donations can also be made with Visa or MasterCard at the concessions table.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”How long do the plays run?” el_id=”1435126555355-a52716a7-1491″]Typically, a play will last just over two hours, including a 15 minute intermission.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=” What is the seating situation?” el_id=”1435126555379-993acce2-27cf”]Central Park features a grassy lawn on which to place a blanket or low-backed chair. We recommend that you bring chairs and blankets, though blankets are available for rent at the concessions stand. SVS members enjoy free blanket and cushion rentals.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is the seating reserved?” color=”” el_id=”1435126555402-61d614f1-fe02″]Seating is not reserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to arrive early and claim your seats with a blanket and enjoy a picnic in the park.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What is the parking situation?” color=”” el_id=”1435126555426-adfd85e1-aa24″]Willow Street Park features a small parking lot and there is street parking surrounding the park. Additional parking is available in the neighborhood. Please be considerate of our neighbors when parking your car.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Public Transportation” el_id=”1435126555448-80e13ea0-e145″]We encourage you to take advantage of public transportation. Willow Street Park is located close to VTA Local Bus Routes 25 and 63 and Express Bus Line 103, as well as the Virginia Light Rail Station and the Tamien CalTrain Station. Public transportation schedules are available here.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can I drop my child off at the park and pick him or her up after the show?” color=”” el_id=”1435126555471-5a0eb49e-07f4″]Small children must be supervised at all times. If your child is a teenager, they may choose to attend on their own or with friends. Silicon Valley Shakespeare will accept no responsibility for any child left unattended.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Will there be food available at the show?” el_id=”1435126555495-9c6c7734-b7a9″]We have a concessions stand where you can purchase snacks, water, and cold beverages.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can we bring a picnic?” color=”” el_id=”1435126555520-05bb287a-24f9″]Of course! There are several areas in the park to enjoy a picnic before the show.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Are these shows appropriate for children?” color=”” el_id=”1435126555544-5210cc18-ed94″]We pride ourselves on providing entertainment for the entire family. Due to graphic content inherent in many of Shakespeare’s works, we recommend parents familiarize themselves with the play and determine if it is appropriate for your particular child. To assist parents, we have provided a rating system for our productions based on the popular rating system for video gaming.  You can find this information on the page for this production.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What about dogs?” color=”” el_id=”1435126555567-baa52a79-c92a”]As long as they are well socialized, on a leash, and you tend to them just as you would in any public setting, they are welcome.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is Shakespeare in the Park a dress-up affair?” color=”” el_id=”1435126555591-1c9b30de-b58c”]Not at all! The performance takes place outdoors. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for your safety walking to and from your seat (high heels are not a good choice). The weather can change quickly, so we recommend you bring something warm to put on later in the evening. If you want to bring/wear a hat, we request you bring one that won’t obstruct someone else’s view.[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row]