Frequently asked questions
Where is Walnut Grove?
Walnut Grove is located in southwest Minnesota on Highway 14,
the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway.
We are about 150 miles
from Minneapolis - St. Paul, and 100 miles from Sioux Falls, SD.
Where is the Wilder Pageant
The Pageant Site is located one mile west and 1/2 mile south of
Walnut Grove. See Walnut
Where is the nearest motel?
Please refer to our Lodging
page for a list of motels in the area.
Is there camping nearby?
Yes. Plum Creek Park
is located 1/2 mile south of the Wilder Pageant
site. For a list of other campgrounds in the area please refer
to our Camping page.
How long does the Pageant
The Pageant starts at 9:00 pm and finishes about 11:00 pm.
Why does it start so late at
Because of the lighting and special effects that we use. They are
much more effective at night.
Do we need to get tickets in
We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, to get the best seating
available. We have both Reserved Seating and General Admission.
Reserved Seating may sell out, depending on the date. General
tickets are always available at the gate.
What's the difference between
Reserved Seating and General Admission?
Reserved Seating consists of 1000 numbered chairs that are directly in
of the stage. General Admission is the hillside area surrounding the
Bring your own chair or blanket for General Admission.
How do we order tickets?
Tickets may be ordered by phone at 888-859-3102, or
There is a handling charge of $2.00 per order.
What time do we need to be
If you have Reserved Seats, you can arrive any time between 7:00 and
The seats are numbered, and the ushers will show you to your chairs.
General Admission is first come first served, so it would be to your
to arrive between 7:00 and 8:00 pm, to get the best spot on the hill.
Is there a special price for
Ages 5 and under are free in General Admission. Reserved Seats are
per chair for all ages.
What if it rains?
Refunds are available if Act One is not completed. You may return
for a refund, or exchange them for a later date. We make every effort
the show, and we ask that the audience prepare for all kinds of weather.
have been only three rainouts since the Pageant started in 1978.
What if we need to return our
Tickets may be returned for refund before July 1, minimum of two
Are the Reserved Seats
Yes. There is a sidewalk that leads from the Pageant entrance to
the front row
of Reserved Seating. We reserve the front row of the Yellow Section