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Arts and Culture

Irvine Arts and Culture

For the ultimate guide to theater, music and other events on the UC Irvine campus, be sure to stroll over the bridge outside the Student Center at the north edge of campus. Plastered with flyers, it's the definitive insider view to university arts. 

One glimpse of the Irvine Barclay Theatre - the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics,  along with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts — a compound of beautifully modern theaters and halls anchored by the massive, sculptural glass and steel waveform of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall — and you quickly understand that Orange County and Irvine are places where arts and culture thrive.

Like many internationally diverse cities that are also home to major colleges and universities, Irvine sustains a vibrant community of actors, dancers and artists who bring their talents to stages, galleries and festivals throughout the year.

Even small community playhouses like Irvine's Musical Theatre Village sell out their highly-polished productions.

Creative-minded visitors can also find an outlet for their inspirations at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, which offers classes for kids and adults in everything from cooking to ceramics, many of which are single-session classes perfect for visitors.

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Pretend City Children's Museum

29 Hubble 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 428-3900 Phone: (949) 428-3900

A magical, interactive "city" where children have an opportunity to play grown-up by going to work, buying groceries, visiting the doctor and collecting their pay from an ATM. ... More »

AEG Home Depot Center

18400 Avalon Blvd. 
Carson, CA 90746  Phone: (877) 604-8777 Phone: (877) 604-8777

The best seats with the most access at Southern California's finest outdoor venue. Home of the LA Galaxy Soccer, Chivas USA Soccer, ESPN XGames and world class concerts. ... More »

Beall Center for Art + Technology at UCI

Claire Trevor School of the Arts  712 Arts Plaza 
Irvine, CA 92697  Phone: (949) 824-4339 Phone: (949) 824-4339

High-tech art center and gallery focuses on experimental and media arts. ... More »

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

12700 Center Court Drive North 
Cerritos, CA 90703  Phone: (562) 916-8501 Phone: (562) 916-8501

The Southland's premier performing arts and conference facility, offering great performances in music, dance and theater and unique facilities for meetings, banquets and special events. ... More »

Claire Trevor School of the Arts

4000 Mesa Rd 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 824-2787 Phone: (949) 824-2787

Enjoy Dance, Chamber, Jazz and Symphony Series performed through-out the year at eight separate venues located on the University of California, Irvine campus. ... More »

Ektaa Center

2691 Richter Avenue 
Irvine, CA 92619  Phone: (949) 300-8912 Phone: (949) 300-8912

Ektaa Center is committed to create an awareness/understanding of the traditional arts of India, using diverse mediums such as dance, music, theater and other related arts to help build better communities. ... More »

Improv Comedy Club

527 Spectrum Center Drive 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 854-5455 Phone: (949) 854-5455

A unique and functional all-inclusive event venue. ... More »

Irvine Barclay Theatre

4242 Campus Dr 
Irvine, CA 92612  Phone: (949) 854-4607 Admin offices Phone: (949) 854-4607 Admin offices

State-of-the-art performance facility, on two levels; can handle simple to sophisticated production needs; equally comfortable for 150 or 750 people in attendance. Rental Guide link - ... More »

Irvine Fine Arts Center

14321 Yale Ave 
Irvine, CA 92604  Phone: (949) 724-6880 Phone: (949) 724-6880

City-sponsored center to see, learn about and create art. All ages welcome. ... More »

Irvine Global Village Festival

4 Civic Center Plaza 
Irvine, CA 92614  Phone: (949) 724-6606 Phone: (949) 724-6606

The Irvine Global Festival is held each fall at Bill Barber Park. The festival welcomes more than 13,000 guests annually to celebrate Irvine's cultural diversity. ... More »

Irvine Historical Museum

5 San Joaquin 
Irvine, CA 92614  Phone: (949) 786-4112 Phone: (949) 786-4112

Located in the San Joaquin Ranch House, the museum was commissioned by James Irvine in 1868 and considered the oldest standing structure within the original boundaries of Irvine Ranch. Built for $1,300, the home ... More »

Irvine Ranch Historic Park

13042 Old Myford Rd 
Irvine, CA 92614  Phone: (866) 627-2757 Phone: (866) 627-2757

The Irvine Ranch Historic Park is the site of the original Irvine Ranch headquarters. Several original buildings still stand, including the home of James Irvine II. ... More »

Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center

5500 Irvine Center Dr 
Irvine, CA 92604  Phone: (949) 451-5333 Phone: (949) 451-5333

A state-of-the art theatre showcasing a combination of talents from gifted students to accomplished community artists, musicians and performers. ... More »

Lyon Air Museum

19300 Ike Jones Rd 
Santa Ana, CA 92707  Phone: (714) 210-4585 Phone: (714) 210-4585

The Lyon Air Museum exhibit is comprised of authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with emphasis on the defining event of the 20th century – World War II. Through captivating and thought ... More »

Marconi Automotive Museum

1302 Industrial Dr 
Tustin, CA 92780  Phone: (714) 258-3001 Phone: (714) 258-3001

Unique museum and special event venue features an impressive $30 million collection of historical, exotic and classic cars. ... More »

Musical Theatre Village

36-C Mauchly 
Irvine, CA 92618  Phone: (949) 753-1996 Phone: (949) 753-1996

Non-profit community theatre for adults and children performing classic musicals. ... More »

Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial

4531 Bryan Avenue 
Irvine, CA 92620 

The nation's only memorial dedicated to honoring all the fallen American service members in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. ... More »

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

600 Town Center Dr 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  Phone: (714) 556-2122 Phone: (714) 556-2122

Professional touring shows of all kinds including, ballet, Broadway, classical music, dance, pop/rock and more. ... More »

South Coast Repertory

655 Town Center Dr 
Costa Mesa, CA 92614  Phone: (714) 708-5555 Phone: (714) 708-5555

See contemporary and classic dramatic and comedic works by highly acclaimed professional actors. ... More »

The Irvine Museum

18881 Von Karman Ave STE 1275 
Irvine, CA 92612  Phone: (949) 476-0294 Phone: (949) 476-0294

The Irvine Museum is the only museum in California dedicated to the preservation and display of California impressionism. ... More »

The Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Rd 
Laguna Beach, CA 92651  Phone: (949) 497-2787 Phone: (949) 497-2787

Professional actors, touring shows, drama, musicals and theater for young audiences in an intimate coastal setting. ... More »

The UCI Bren Events Center

100 Bren Events Center 
Irvine, CA 92614  Phone: (949) 824-5000 Phone: (949) 824-5000

Provides an exciting and prestigious location for a full array of musical, performance, exhibition, sporting and other public events. ... More »

University Art Gallery

712 Arts Plaza 
Irvine, CA 92697  Phone: (949) 824-6206 Phone: (949) 824-6206

Experimental space exhibiting mixed media art. Promotes active dialogue with international art communities through conferences, visiting artist lectures and theme-based film series, all of which are open to the ... More »

Symphony Irvine

1 Civic Center Plaza 
Irvine, CA 92606  Phone: (310) 617-4999 Phone: (310) 617-4999

Symphony Irvine presents a family-friendly concert series on Sunday afternoons in the Council Chambers of the Irvine Civic Center. The orchestra also performs in adjoining communities and partners with the Anaheim ... More »


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