Arts and Entertainment

Holiday Light Display “Northern Lights” to debut at Center

Something big and bright is coming to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido  Northern Lights brings a sparkly holiday-season light display that’ll turn the Center into a magical winter wonderland debuting on Saturday, December 7 at the annual Winter Wonderland Festival.     Visitors will be able to walk around the Center’s 12-acre campus which will be the home […]

Carols by Candlelight celebrates 30th year at the Center


Steve Vaus has lots of stuff to keep him busy this time of year, like being the mayor of Poway and running for the County board of supervisors. But he’s not letting any of that get in the way of putting on something that has become an important family tradition for him, for residents of San Diego County, and especially […]

Music, comedy and zombies showcased every Wednesday at local Escondido pub


“Welcome everybody to the show,” sings Lawrence Green, host of Open Mic night every Wednesday for the past seven years at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub in Escondido.  This is his standard opening lyric to start the event, what follows may come as a bit of a surprise to newcomers, though not those who faithfully attend each week: “I bet you didn’t […]

Multicultural Holiday Festival will be held Dec. 14 at Grape Day Park

The Multicultural Holiday Festival will be held Saturday, December 14, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. in Grape Day Park. This is a free, family-friendly event.  The Escondido Christmas Parade is that morning and they will have the Trophy awards ceremony around 1 p.m. right on the  stage at Grape Day Park, which is where the Festival will be.   There will be […]

“Wonders Of Christmas & Fashions Of Splendor” tea November 30

The “Wonders Of Christmas & Fashions Of Splendor” will be the theme for the Wrote Ministries Pre Christmas Tea, Saturday, November 30, 2-4:30 p.m. at Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido,  At the event, Chef Daniel will introduce his special tea foods and desserts.  The “greens” view will overlook the Welk golf course as the program spotlights “Fashions Of Splendor”, enhanced […]

Intimate evening with Oscar-Winning actress Sophia Loren coming Nov. 24 at the Center

Synonymous with grace, beauty and artistry, Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren will captivate audiences with an intimate onstage conversation and Q&A at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, November 24, at 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall.   The prolific career of this legendary star spans over five decades earning a remarkable array of notable accolades, including the […]

Roots Rising! showcases young, contemporary talent

Roots Rising!  Featuring Matt Andersen, Gaby Moreno and Liz Vice will be performing at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center Theater.   Artists from across the roots musical landscape gather for a night showcasing some of our best young, contemporary talent. Matt Andersen is a powerhouse performer with […]

“Paw-tastic” stunt dog show is coming to Escondido

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience will be performing at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday, November 16, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Center Theater.  Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience produces the world’s first and #1 “Stunt Dog Show” since 1999, starring dogs that have been rescued from pounds and shelters! As seen on the […]

November’s Art Spark Lesson features oil pastel poinsettias

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s November Art Spark art lesson will be on Saturday, November 16,  from 10 a.m.–noon and will feature oil pastel.  Explore a medium that offers beautiful, rich color as well as texture.  Oil pastels produce vivid, intense hues when used alone or when layered and blended to create a sense of softness and flow.  […]

Mentalist Kevin Viner performs for First Wednesdays Series

Experience the power of performance with the Center’s First Wednesdays concert series, a free community event that happens the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, (excluding January.)  This season, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is partnering with The Barn Stage Company to showcase a variety of performers to Escondido. For November, the series will feature […]


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