The Monterey Bay Area Performing Arts

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Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater

American musicals past and present are the focus here, with dramas and comedies also in the mix. ...

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Each August, the festival brings some of the world's finest artists to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium to play groundbreaking symphonic...

Carmel Bach Festival

The festival has presented the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries, and musical heirs in concerts and recitals since 1935.

Jazz Bash by the Bay

Traditional jazz bands play early jazz, big band, swing, ragtime, blues, zydeco, and gypsy jazz at waterfront venues during this festival,...

Monterey Jazz Festival

The world's oldest jazz festival attracts top-name performers to the Monterey Fairgrounds on the third full weekend of September. ...

Monterey Symphony

The symphony performs classical concerts from October through May at the Sunset Center in Carmel and at the Performing Arts Center of...

Pacific Repertory Theater

The theater puts on the Carmel Shakespeare Festival from August through November and performs contemporary dramas and comedies at several...

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

From February through May the festival presents classical music at various venues and holds pre- and postseason events. The focus is...

Sunset Center

The Monterey Bay Area's top venue for the performing arts presents concerts, lectures, and headline acts. ...

Tannery Arts Center

The former Salz Tannery now contains nearly 30 studios and live-work spaces for artists whose disciplines range from ceramics and glass...


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