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California Center for the Arts, Escondido

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Great Venue for some Great Shows

We usually visit the California Center for the Arts a few times per year to see the great... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
San Marcos, California
No humdrum performances here

Definitely a cultural and family Mecca for arts and entertainment...from Garrison Keeler to Choral... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
San Diego, California
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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...more
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340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025-2600
+1 760-839-4178
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

We usually visit the California Center for the Arts a few times per year to see the great performances there. Over the years we have seen some great shows like Roger Whitaker, Peter Paul & Mary, The Irish Rovers and this time the Ten Tenors...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank csarchibald
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Definitely a cultural and family Mecca for arts and entertainment...from Garrison Keeler to Choral and symphonic masterpieces. A year round delight

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

The center now has a diverse range of performances. There is ethnic music in the lyric courtyard, comedy, music and dance recitals in the main auditorium, and the first Wednesday of the month is a free concert.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BlythSpirit53
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Our first time to this venue.. the concert was in the 'small' concert hall - great time. Seating is comfortable and spaced for extra legroom for a six-footer - always a plus. The concert hall is well kept; ushers were strategically placed during the show...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dan F
Reviewed August 20, 2018

We visited for the Ry Cooder event. Parking is easy in the lot North of the center and there are walkways direct from the parking lot into the center campus. This information was provided on our print at home tickets but is not well backed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

The facility is interesting but not at the first level of concert environments. I felt the acoustics were off with some distortion and some of the key moments. Overall the Ry Cooder of it was quite nice but the audio distortion and some of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

We visited the international watercolor exhibit. It was quite small but well laid out. Senior rates for the over 55s. Plentiful parking is free and located next to the complex. Certainly an unexpected gem in the center of Escondido with a varied program of concerts,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 92,075
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

I was here for their Friday evening music series (Puttin’ Down Roots) with some friends. There is plenty of seating available with many tables up front if you’re willing to pay. Sound system was excellent and helped to project the sound of the band to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

Really appreciated the easy handicapped parking. The students performance was fantastic. We had good seats. The comfort of the seats was average. The bathrooms needed updating. The carpets were in need of repairs.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank gigi1shari2
Reviewed April 1, 2018

I have gone to the free entertainment and they are all wonderful. I plan to return and they have lots to offer. I like the free parking.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Cynthia M
December 5, 2018|
Response from csarchibald | Reviewed this property |
I think, it would really depend on the type of show you were attending. For most of the musical performances any seat is good, but if it were a play where it is important to see what the performers are doing, the Balcony... More
December 15, 2016|
Response from PickyFlyer | Reviewed this property |
Don't see any mention of gift cards on their website. Use Gift Rocket, though, where you can choose either email or an actual card to be sent to the recipient, suggest in the message that they might like to attend an event... More