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 Site?
The Pageant Site is located one mile west and 1/2 mile south of Walnut Grove. 11505 Crown Avenue.
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 last?
The Pageant begins at 9:00 pm and finishes about 11:00 pm.
Why does it start so late at night?
Because of the lighting and special effects that we use. They are much more effective at night.
Do we need to get tickets in advance?
We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, to get the best seating available. We have both Reserved Seating and General Admission.
What's the difference between Reserved Seating and General Admission?
Reserved Seating consists of 1000 numbered chairs that are directly in front of the stage. General Admission is the hillside area surrounding the Reserved Seats. 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 online.
What time do we need to be there?
If you have Reserved Seats, you can arrive any time between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. 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 advantage to arrive between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm to get the best spot on the hill.
Are coolers allowed in the Pageant Site?
Coolers are not allowed in the Pageant Site. Our Concession Stand opens at 7:00 pm.
Is there a special price for children?
Ages 5 and under are free in General Admission. July 14,15, 21, 22, 28, 29 the Reserved Seats are $17.00 per chair for all ages. A small child may sit on your lap for free.
What if it rains?
Refunds are available if Act One is not completed. You may return your ticket stubs along with a self-addressed stamped envelope for a refund, or exchange them for a ticket of equal value on a later date. We make every effort to complete the show, and we ask that the audience prepare for all kinds of weather. There have been only four rainouts since the Pageant began in 1978.
What if we need to return our tickets?
Tickets may be returned for exchange or refund before July 1.
Are Reserved Seats Accessible for guests with a disability?
Yes. There is a sidewalk that leads from the Pageant entrance to the front row of Reserved Seating. We reserve an area in the Yellow Section for Wheelchair Accessible Seating.
Do you provide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services?
Yes. ASL Interpreter will be provided on July 21, 2017. Seating is in the Yellow Section for Special Needs seating. We ask that these seats be purchased before July 1. Please call the Ticket Office at 888-859-3102.