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California Center for the Arts, Escondido

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Address: 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025
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+1 760-839-4178
08:00 - 17:00
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With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and...

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.

The Center's unique campus includes a 1,500-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities ready to host corporate gatherings, weddings and other special life events.

The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, 4th of July celebration, Day of the Dead Festival, Holiday Tree Lighting and WOW First Wednesdays performances.

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Brahms German Requiem Performance with Orchestra

Center Chorale with full orchestra was excellent. Great Acoustics added to the experience. Beautiful venue for choral performances.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul G
Escondido, CA, United States
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Escondido, CA, United States
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Center Chorale with full orchestra was excellent. Great Acoustics added to the experience. Beautiful venue for choral performances.

Thank Paul G
Escondido, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The selection of performers is pretty broad and there is something for everyone at various times of the year. I just love being inside the Concert Hall and/or Center Theater. The buildings are beautiful and the acoustics are fantastic. It is just an amazing experience.

Thank fsafranek
San Diego, California
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to see Vince Gill perform at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido last week. Vince performed in the larger concert hall and even though we were up in the balcony seats, 2nd row, we had a wonderful time listening to Vince sing and tell his stories. The theater is beautiful and the sound was great!

Thank divin1
San Diego, California
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This center has two venues. The main venue is host to popular programs of all types. The smaller venue is also a great opportunity to see entertainment. They even have 'free' concerts on the first Wednesday of every month. We highly recommend these opportunities and the travel and free parking make it an easy to get to place.

Thank eileentx36
Ramona, CA, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We attended a production of "Sleeping Beauty" last summer and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the production. The audience was full to capacity and this was a matinee. This ballet company is local, but its performance was was engaging and creative. It seems that all members of the company, including production staff,costumers, etc all played significant roles... More 

Thank James P
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Performance in the smaller of the Center's two music venues. Good seating & acoustics, making for a very good listening experience. Also, Center staff were polite & and helpful. Added plus: very reasonable price for the event. Have attended music and other events here and will definitely be back for more.

Thank Clay W
Escondido, California
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Attended our first show. It's beautiful inside and the acoustics are great. Prices similar to what one would pay in San Diego.

Thank Jeffery J
Escondido, California
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have been here on several occasions. It is well constructed, convenient parking, and beautiful interior with good acoustical architecture. Recently went to hear Black Violins there and they provided a great interview with the group beforehand. Each week they have great performers with a whole variety of worldwide interest. Highly recommend.

Thank tbrinley
Escondido, California
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

The seats in the balcony are a bit tight, but we had amazing view of the Shen Yun dancers. This is a wonderful venue for a town like Escondido and they have some extraordinary variety of entertainment

Thank Jessica S
Joshua Tree, California
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

This looks like an older theater. We were in the orchestra section, row K. When we arrived and asked where the bathrooms were we were told to take the elevator. My husband does not negotiate stairs well but the staff did not mention we could get to our seating from the lower level so we went all the way around... More 

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