Philadelphia is home to world class dance & music and students have the opportunity to check them out at WAY reduced prices. Just double check before you head out that the shows aren’t already sold out. The large venues rarely sell out, but Ballet X has a smaller theater, and their shows sometimes do sell out.

Philadelphia Ballet: The Pennsylvania Ballet offers $10 student rush tickets for most performances (EXCEPT Nutcracker!) at the box office, one hour prior to curtain. ID required. Community rush tickets are also available for $15.

Ballet X: Ballet X is Philly’s professional contemporary ballet company. Student fans can get $10 student-rush tickets.  Just show up with a student ID 1/2 hour before show time, when they start selling unsold tickets.

Tobey and her dance friends with dancers from Ballet X after a show.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Tickets for college students may be purchased at the Kimmel Center Box Office for $8 starting 90 minutes before the start of each concert.  Full time student ID required.  If you prefer not so last minute, and for a bit more money ($10), Student Understudy tickets may be purchased online at 4 PM each Tuesday for that week’s concerts.  They also offer $10 Community rush tickets the day of most subscription concerts.  Limit of one ticket/person.  Double check first, since not all performances offer rush tickets.

Many other arts organizations offer discount student rush tickets. This website lists many of them:

Field Trips: The Philadelphia Ballet offers opportunities for school groups (including home-schoolers) to attend dress rehearsals for free. You need to join their mailing list to be informed when the lottery opens (September) and you apply individually for each show you are interested in attending. Tickets are not available for all shows, and they can be competitive -but we always get tickets for at least one show/season. The orchestra also does special student performances each season. Ticket prices are very reasonable and the performances enjoyable (although they are aimed at a younger audience – not high school.