Attending a Performance at Tao House FAQ

What you need to know for attending a performance at the O’Neill Site (Old Barn or Tao House)



  • • Physical tickets are not issued for performances at the O’Neill Site. Once tickets are purchased online, your name/s will be on a check-in list upon arrival at the shuttle.
  • • If you need assistance due to mobility issues please contact us ahead of your visit. We can accommodate by reserving easy-access seating in the Old Barn and a shuttle which has wheel-chair access.

  • • Meet the National Park Service shuttle in front of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley at 205 Railroad Avenue, Danville at the corner of Prospect Street.
  • • You do not need a reservation for the shuttle.
  • • Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes, beginning one and a half hours before show time. The final shuttle will depart the museum 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
  • • The length of the trip from the museum to the site is about 10 minutes.
  • One of the park service shuttles can accommodate wheelchairs. If you wish to discuss accessibility arrangements, contact the National Park Service at (925) 838-0249 x6320.
  • • Shuttles will return visitors to the Museum immediately following the performance. Shuttles run until all visitors have been returned.

Picnic Meals:
  • • Picnic meals are often available for pre-order for Festival performances at Tao House. Orders have to be placed at least a week before the performance date. Usually two meals will be offered – one meat and one vegetarian option. Both will also include a bottle of water, cookie and glass of wine or juice.
  • • For picnic patrons, an earlier shuttle may be taken, leaving the museum 2 hours before curtain.
Outside Food:
  • • Visitors are welcome to bring picnics to the site. There are a limited number of picnic tables and very limited wash facilities (a portable sink).
  • • Light refreshments are sold during performances – water, wine, cookies, and sometimes coffee. No refreshments are available during regular visitation/non-performance times.
  • • No food or drink is allowed inside Tao House.

Touring Tao House:
  • • Tao House at the O’Neill Historic Site is open for self-guided tours one and a half hours prior to most performances. No guided tours are available during these times.
  • • No dogs are permitted in the house or the barn. Leashed dogs are permitted on the grounds.

  • • Visitors are allowed to take photographs of Tao House and the grounds.
  • • Photography is not allowed during performances.
  • • Photographs may not be used commercially without a permit from the National Park Service.

  • • Casual clothing is fine. Remember, you will be in a barn.
  • • Check weather reports, it can get cold and windy up on the hill. We recommend dressing in layers even after a warm day.

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