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Address: 15400 Montalvo Rd, (near Lira Dr), Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone Number: 408-961-5800
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Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A Tuscan-style villa with intricate gardens and grounds, which also...

A Tuscan-style villa with intricate gardens and grounds, which also includes an outdoor Greek-style amphitheater for music concerts.

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Comedy Show in the Garden Theatre.

Excellent outdoor comedy show. The show we went to had assigned seating with plenty of room. We parked at the West Valley College as recommended and that worked out very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 11, 2015
John G
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Stockton
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Stockton
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Excellent outdoor comedy show. The show we went to had assigned seating with plenty of room. We parked at the West Valley College as recommended and that worked out very well. If we see another concert here we will do that again. They had fine dining that you could sign up for when you purchased the tickets. We shared a... More 

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Saratoga, United States
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Thank you to Senator James Phelps for gifting his marvelous estate to the community of Saratoga. It is truly the anchor of the arts community here and offers opportunities for the public to experience and interact with a wide variety of artists via residencies, classes, workshops, events and performances. The theaters are intimate and have great sound, perfect for seeing... More 

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Thank Rachel P
san francisco
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48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We attended a concert here for the first time last night and thought the entire facility was beautiful. We planned to return for lots more concerts and to do some hiking. The outdoor amphitheater (1400 seats so it's nice and small) was wonderful. However, as soon as it started to get dusk, out came the marijuana and the attendees were... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

On weekdays, free parking is plentiful. Parking Lot 4 is closest to the trails. Clean bathrooms are available near the start of the trails. Although hilly, the trails aren't steep. Lots of people walking dogs, many off leash, so be aware. A bay tree had recently fallen across the trail which meant we had to climb over or under it... More 

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Thank NapiliR
San Jose, California
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63 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a beautiful spot. Great for taking p ictures hiking and enoying good music in their theatre.

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Thank Estelle K
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Ideally, the Montalvo Art Center would be perfect for a wedding. Other than that, it's worth it to ruin the lawn and park on it instead of parking at the local college and getting shuttled over to the center. I do not know if there are concerts in the rain or how they handle that. I wouldn't want to be... More 

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Thank TessMcCarthy1
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

No bad seats in this great outdoor theater in the woods. Reasonable prices for such a nice area. Free parking at west valley jr. college with a quick shuttle bus to fairly remote hillside venue with extremely limited pre-paid parking. Just as easy to take bus. Seems like nice hiking during day.

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Thank MarinaRon
Californa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

At least the day when we went, I'm not impressed by the art display at all. It was about paper art. I can appreciate children's art work because they are young and expected to be anything within their ability and imagination, but there're adult's "art work" with pieces of cut up cardboard boxes in frames and calling it "art"?! There're... More 

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Tracy, California
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46 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Lovely grounds, and great hiking. Took the Redwood Trail and the Lookout Trails. Both very lovely. My only critique was the lack of information around the buildings. I didn't know if I was allowed in the villa, for example, as there is no signage. I peeked in and poked around, and found out later I wasn't supposed to have done... More 

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Thank iodoggie
Stratford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Beautiful arboretum. Great hiking. Impressive villa and outdoor theatre behind it. Lovely sculptures along some of the walks.

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