6 Best Performing Arts Venues in Sacramento and the Gold Country, California

The Sofia

Midtown Fodor's choice

The long-running B Street Theatre—known for well-staged comedies, dramas, the occasional farce, and productions for children—is the resident company at this industrial-suave performing arts center. The two theaters, plus three rehearsal spaces for workshop productions, also present musicians, solo acts, and speakers.

Broadway Sacramento


This group presents shows like Hamilton, Annie, and Les Misérables at two Downtown venues.

Crest Theatre


It's worth peeking inside the Crest even if you don't catch a show, just to see the foyer's swirling art deco design or dine at the Empress Tavern. The theater's a beloved venue for classic and art-house films, concerts, and other events.

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Miners Foundry

An 1856 structure that produced gold-mining and logging machines—including the Pelton Water Wheel turbine, which was invented here—is now a venue for art, dance, music, and film events. There's a combination bar and café.

325 Spring St., Nevada City, California, 95959, USA

Nevada Theatre

This 1865 redbrick edifice reopened in 2022 after extensive renovations. The West Coast's longest continuously operating theater building, it presents film, comedy, plays, live music, and spoken-word performances.

401 Broad St., Nevada City, California, 95959, USA

Sierra Repertory Theater Company

The company, established in 1979, presents dramas, comedies, and musicals at the Historic Fallon House Theatre and another venue in nearby Sonora. Recent productions include Sunday in the Park with George and Jersey Boys.