COVID-19 Policies

What are SAL's COVID-19 policies for vaccinations and masking at in-person events?

The safety of our patrons, artists, community partners, staff, and volunteers continues to be important to us. At this time, facial masks are encouraged but not required for entry, and proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is no longer required. However, health and safety protocols are subject to change. Before attending events, please check your pre-event email for the most up-to-date information.

Our commitment to our ticket holders:

  • Our events will go on, whether in-person or online.
  • If we are able to hold an event in-person, we will also stream the event for those who would prefer to watch at home.
  • If you’d like an exchange for another event later in the season, or if you would like to exchange an in-person ticket for a digital ticket (or vice versa), we will happily do so if there is seating availability.

When SAL requires proof of vaccination, what does that entail?

For any events where our authors or venues have requested proof of vaccination, attendees must be fully vaccinated with a CDC– or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine, and must show proof of vaccination upon entering the venue with their valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” means the event date must be at least fourteen days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least fourteen days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Proof of vaccination may include: a physical vaccination card, a scan or image of a physical vaccination card (printed or displayed on your mobile device), or a digital copy of your immunization records from a state health department-approved site.

For any events where our authors or venues have requested proof of vaccination, children younger than 12 years and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, as well as a valid ID, upon entry to our venues. Those individuals must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of the performance start time.

I’m missing my COVID-19 vaccination card, or I never received one. How do I get proof of vaccination?

You can get free verified proof of your COVID-19 vaccination through MyIR Mobile, an internet-based portal that gives consumers access to their official state immunization records.


Help, I lost my tickets! What can I do?

No worries! All tickets have been emailed, so be sure to check your inbox (including spam) for an email from boxoffice@lectures.org. Emailed tickets come in a PDF attachment.

If you still can’t find your tickets, please call the Box Office at 206.621.2230 x10 or email us at boxoffice@lectures.org.

If you find you do not have tickets the night of the event, go to the Box Office when you arrive at the venue (or call or email us if we are online-only), and our staff will happily assist you.

I can’t use my tickets. What can I do?

Is there a friend or family member who would be able to attend in your place? You may give the ticket to whomever you’d like!

Can I return or exchange my tickets?

Tickets and subscriptions are non-refundable in 2022/23; however, exchanges are an option. To process an exchange, contact the SAL Box Office at boxoffice@lectures.org or at 206.621.2230 x10.

In the event that you cannot attend an event, we always encourage you to donate the cost of your tickets to SAL if you are able. Your donation means a lot to us during this time!

How do I access online events?

If you selected the digital pass option upon checkout, SAL will send a pre-event reminder email with instructions to log in and access the online stream two days before the event. When your event is starting, head to your event page at lectures.org, and type in the password where prompted.

We will also send an email reminder the day of the event, containing the same instructions.

If you have opted out of receiving SAL emails, you will miss this important information—please email us at boxoffice@lectures.org and we will assist you.

Please note that as of our 2022/23 Season, in-person tickets no longer include digital access. If you would like to also have a digital viewing option alongside your in-person ticket, it will need to be purchased separately.

May I watch an online event after it airs?

Yes! If you purchased a digital pass, the link to your online event will be available for a full week after the day and time it is scheduled to start. If you purchase a digital pass, you may watch it any time within that window.


Do in-person tickets come with digital access?

As of our 2022/23 Season, in-person tickets no longer include digital access. However, we offer digital access for all of our events, and if your circumstances change, you may be able to get an exchange if there is availability. You may also purchase digital passes separately if you would like both kinds of access.

When can I purchase tickets or subscriptions?

All series subscriptions in our 2022/23 Season go on sale online at 10 a.m. on June 13, 2022. Four-part Create Your Own Series Subscriptions, Digital-Only Create Your Own Series Subscriptions, Super SAL Subscriptions and single tickets to SAL Presents events go on sale July 11, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Remaining single tickets will open up on August 8, 2022 at 10 a.m.

How can I purchase tickets? What payment methods are accepted?

  • Online at lectures.org
  • By phone at 206.621.2230 x10
  • At the Box Office on the night of the event, beginning at 6 p.m. (if tickets are still available and the event is happening in-person).

We accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover), cash, and checks.

Does SAL sell gift cards?

Yes! You may purchase an e-gift card for SAL events and learn more about how to redeem gift cards by clicking here.

Can you explain your fee structure?

There is a $5 handling fee per ticket (with the exception of $10 tickets, which have a $2 handling fee per ticket).

We waive handling fees for our subscribers.

Benaroya Hall events incur a $5 facility fee per ticket.

What does “general admission” mean?

General admission means that seating is first-come, first-serve, within the section listed on the ticket.

Does SAL offer student, group, senior, or military discounts?

SAL offers a Pay What You Can Subscription to each series and $10 minimum Pay What You Can single tickets to every event to help make our tickets more accessible to all.

For teens, day-of tickets are also available for free through TeenTix (and a companion ticket for an adult is also free) by emailing the box office at boxoffice@lectures.org. Please have your TeenTix membership handy.

Free Tickets

If you are facing economic hardship and cannot afford tickets to SAL events, we encourage you to check out our Community Access Tickets program, which offers free tickets in a lottery-style give away to every SAL event.


A 10% discount is available for orders of 5–9 subscriptions at the same seating level for any series or event—call our Box Office at 206-621-2230 x10, and we’ll apply it over the phone.

A 15% discount is available for orders of 10+ subscriptions at the same seating level for any series or event—call our Box Office at 206-621-2230 x10, and we’ll apply it over the phone.

What are the SAL Box Office hours?

  • Regular Box Office Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday
  • Summer Box Office Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Thursday & 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday
  • Event Nights: 6 p.m.–approximately 8 p.m.


I need venue directions and parking information.

On the webpage of the event you have purchased tickets for, scroll down to the “Venue/Know Before You Go” section, which has event information, directions, parking instructions, and seating charts.


Is there late seating for SAL events?

There is late seating at SAL events. However, your seat is not guaranteed after 7:30 p.m.


Is there open captioning at SAL events?

We provide open captioning at every event that takes place in Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. Open captioning is available to stream directly to your phone, and is also streamed from a screen on the right side of the stage.

We provide open captioning for events at all other venues (Hugo House, Town Hall Seattle, Rainier Arts Center, and others) with a minimum two-week advance notice. To request captioning, please select the “open caption” option under Accessibility options during ticket checkout.

Is there accessible seating at SAL events?

Yes, all of our venues have accessible seating available at every ticket level. Please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details, and to let us know how we can accommodate your needs.

Are there assistive listening devices at SAL events?

All our venues provide assistive listening devices, but systems do vary. Please contact us in advance at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more information or assistance.

Is American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided at SAL events?

We are happy to provide ASL interpretation for any of our events with a minimum two-week advance notice. To request interpretation, please select the “ASL interpretation” option under Accessibility options during ticket checkout.


Can I bring my camera to the event?

There is no flash photography allowed at SAL events. Unless otherwise stated, we are happy for you to take photos for personal use and to post on social media. All professional photography requests must be approved by SAL in advance of the event.

We do not allow video or audio recording.

Are there concessions available at events?

Concessions are available at most SAL events. Check your pre-event email for details.

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