When can I purchase subscriptions/tickets?
Typically, subscriptions go on sale when a new season is announced. Single ticket sales follow in a couple of months and remain on sale throughout the season. Check the Subscriptions & Tickets page for the most up-to-date information.
Where and how can I purchase subscriptions/tickets?
♦ Online at www.lectures.org
♦ By phone at 206.621.2230 from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Thursday; 9am to 3pm, Friday (Summer: 9am to 1pm, Friday)
♦ By mail at 105 S. Main St. #201, Seattle, WA, 98104
♦ In person at 105 S. Main St. #201, Seattle, WA 98104, during regular business hours (please call before you come to ensure someone will be available to assist you)
Can I avoid the $5 handling fee?
SAL waives the handling fee on series subscriptions. The fee is also waived on additional ticket orders for subscribers (by phone only) throughout the season. All other orders will require a $5 per-order handling fee (including in-person purchases at SAL’s offices).
What payment methods are accepted?
SAL accepts all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover), cash, and checks.
Can I return tickets?
Tickets and subscriptions are non-refundable; all sales are final.
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. If you cannot find anyone to use the ticket, you can donate it back to SAL. We will send a "receipt of charitable donation" form indicating a donation in the amount of the value of the ticket, as long as the ticket is received prior to the event.
I lost my tickets, what can I do?
Call our Box Office at 206.621.2230 x10 or go to the Box Office when you arrive at the event, and staff will be able to assist you.
When will my tickets be mailed?
Typically, we mail series subscription tickets in late summer. Once the season begins, tickets ordered one week prior to an event will automatically be held at Will Call to be picked up the evening of the event. If you select the mail option more than one week prior to the first event for which you’re ordering tickets, they will be mailed within approximately 10 days of your order.
Can I reserve tickets and pay for them later?
You can place an order and then send payment to us, but tickets are not guaranteed until payment has been received for your order.
What does “general admission” mean?
General admission means that seating is first-come, first-served, within the section your ticket is located.
Does SAL offer student, group, or senior discounts?
FREE Student/U18 tickets are available for all public SAL events on a space-available, first-come, first-served basis. These tickets will be available at the Box Office the evening of the event with student identification beginning when the Box Office opens. To guarantee a seat at an affordable price, $5 (plus handling fee) Student/U18 tickets are available for purchase prior to events, and low-priced student subscriptions are available.
SAL does not offer a senior discount per se, but we do offer affordable $15-$20 ticket options for all of our events.
A group discount of 15% is available for orders of five or more subscriptions or tickets at the same seating level for any series or event (excluding balcony and student levels and the annual Words Matter dinner). Discounts on single tickets will be automatically applied. Please contact the Box Office for further details about group discounts for subscriptions.
I didn’t receive an email confirming my web order.
I need venue directions and parking information.
Click here for information on directions and parking at SAL event venues.
What are the Box Office hours on event nights?
The Box Office opens at 6:00pm for all Literary\Arts Series, Poetry Series, and SAL Presents events and stays open until approximately one-half hour after the start of the event. For SAL U events, staff is available beginning at 6:30pm.
What time do the doors open to begin seating?
For all Literary\Arts Series, Poetry Series, and SAL Presents events, the auditorium doors open at 6:45pm to begin seating. For SAL U classes, the doors open at 6:30pm to begin seating.
Is there late seating at SAL events?
There is late seating allowed at SAL events. However, your seat is not guaranteed after the program has begun.
How should I dress for a SAL event?
However you feel comfortable!
Does the speaker read; can I ask a question of my own?
Can I bring my camera to the event?
No, there is no photography or audio- or video-recording permitted at SAL events.
Do speakers sign books at events?
At Poetry Series readings and SAL Presents events, book signings follow the presentation. There are not book signings for events in any series in the Taper Auditorium at Benaroya Hall; however, there are pre-signed books for sale in the lobby from our local bookstore partners.
Are there concessions available at events?
Concessions are available at all SAL events except SAL U classes.
Is there accessible seating at SAL events?
Are assisted listening devices available at SAL events?
Is American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided at SAL events?
Is captioning for the Significantly Hard of Hearing (SHOH) provided at SAL events?
How can I support SAL and its mission?
Click here to find out more about our Friends Program!
How can I keep up to date with SAL?
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