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Frequently Asked Questions

What You Need to Know

What do I wear?

This formal hat party is an opportunity for your creativity to shine! Store bought or hand crafted outfits that are both dressy and Wonderland inspired will rule! Think the Victorian, Steampunk, Wonderland characters, or anything else you can dream up! All formal attire and tasteful costuming is welcomed, but don't forget your hat! The best hatted guests will win prizes!

Please note guests with improper attire will be denied admission. No jeans, shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, baseball hats, rave wear, bra tops, backpacks, stilts, prop weapons, etc. And if you were wondering, yes, we've seen people arrive in all of these. All attire must abide by venue rules.

What time is the show?

The doors will open at 7:00pm and the show will run from 8:00pm - 11:30pm with breaks for dancing, exploring, and DJ music. All guests will receive free admission to the after party in West Coast Tavern that runs until 2:00am.

Is this event seated?

No, this show is standing room only for General Admission guests, so comfortable footwear is recommended. Seating is offered to VIP Bottle Service guests. Should you require ADA seating, please contact the

Where is dinner?

Dinner is in the theater's adjoining restaurant West Coast Tavern, and is scheduled before the show begins.

Is parking included with my ticket?

 Yes! The venue is located across the street from the North Park Garage located on 29th St between University Ave. and N. Park Way. We offer validation for the garage at the box office or at the front door after the show is over. Please have your parking receipt and event ticket available to redeem the parking validation.

Is there more information about the venue?

Yes, please visit The Observatory North Park's FAQ page for more information:

Why should I attend?

"Great theme events! My absolute fav was Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party but French Follies with all the great masks and costumes was pretty fun too. Overall, great entertainment!" - Facebook Review, 2019

"Excellent event! An explosion of creative fun! Such positive vibes. Like best night of Halloween only cooler." - Facebook Review, 2019

"This was such a great date night for my wife and I thanks again. We believe it's not just the show but the type of people attracted to the show that make it special, so thanks to everyone in attendance as well."- Mad Hatter's Ball Guest, 2019

"Beautifully produced event, truly. Loved seeing old friends and making new friends!" - Mad Hatter's Ball Guest, 2019

"It was such a blast! So great to have an immersive event that showcased local, San Diego talent! Can't wait for the next one."- Mad Hatter's Ball Guest, 2019


"The entertainment was great, the crowd was fun, loved the costumes and the Hats, the venue is beautiful, the drinks were tasty, when is the next party?"- Mad Hatter's Ball Guest, 2019

The costumes, atmosphere and show made the night." - Midsummer Masquerade Guest, 2018

What is North Park Carnival?

North Park Carnival delivers a series of upscale, theme parties at The Observatory North Park -- highlighting the charm of the historic 1920’s venue with larger than life formal parties. Based on the notion that our guests deserve a fully immersive nightlife experience, all parties combine a stunning variety stage show with indulgent dining, creative costume opportunities, and whimsical activities.

Guests choose from 3 ticketed experiences: 1) standard event access, 2) pre-show 3-course meal plus event access, and, 3) event access with a designated bottle service table. Come explore our next show!

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