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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
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great shows for kids!

I have been here for shows, a Gala, and for job workshops. It is clean and well maintained. We went to watch Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. Both shows had young performers who were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
KATHERINE L C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here for shows, a Gala, and for job workshops. It is clean and well maintained. We went to watch Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. Both shows had young performers who were very impressive in their art. The Gala was held in their banquet hall. It was a good size for a few hundred people and the food... More 

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Thank KATHERINE L C
Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are 2 venues located in this complex. We have attended shows here for years, the show we watched 12/15 was held in the smaller Center Theater. The theater is a much more intimate venue than the concert hall. This was the first show we had watched in this theater. Seats are narrower than the concert hall, but all seats... More 

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Thank SoCalOregonian
Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

I have been going to events at the Center for many years and have probably attended 50+ events there. They have everything from solo artists to dance ensembles to orchestral groups. I love the variety, but mostly I love the high quality of the acts. I have never been disappointed. Another big plus is that there is plenty of easy... More 

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Thank Susan M
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

This theater hall will impress you with excellent seating and various shows can be selected. Many schools have their final performances at the center for free.

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Thank christraveler997
Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Have been in the little and the big theater, both comfy and nice. Love it most when they have comedians there!

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Suffolk, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Truly a gem in Escondido. The concert hall you see here. Plus a theater about half as big. A full conference center. Studios, museum. Ample and 'smart' parking (meaning designed smart, because there's a walkway BETWEEN the cars, so people do NOT have to walk behind parked cars (a smart design that should be used in other places, and a... More 

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Thank PickyFlyer
Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Really great local venue with downtown San Diego quality performances! Walking distance to Grand Ave and restaurants to make a night of it!

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Thank eojallen
California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Great local treasure! Their schedule for the 2016-2017 looks great! Had front row seats at a very reasonable price! Staff was extremely helpful and loved everything about it! Love the array of restaurants to choose from in the immediate area!

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Thank travelinOma3
Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Offering a variety of performances by musical groups from around the country. All seats have good view of the stage. Economically priced.

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Thank Joseph M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

We've been to several shows, concerts and services here in both the large and smaller theaters. It's all nice - pretty, comfortable, good sound. Always a pleasant experience and we've sat in the front, back, balcony ... you name it!

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