The downtown San Jose community takes pride in the diversity and quality of arts offered. From small galleries and stages to a large concert arena, downtowners can usually find something creative and extraordinary to do any night of the week. We strive to constantly nurture our arts scene, whether that means bringing in an international exhibit adding another violinist or presenting a free, headlined outdoor music concert.
Our passion for the arts is what allows the South First Fridays gallery crawl to occur in SoFA the first Friday of each month. It’s what keeps ‘em coming back to the San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose Stage or City Lights. It’s what allows big-name productions to stage a production for a few weeks at the Center for the Performing Arts. It’s what brings opera and symphony lovers to the restored California Theater, where on off-nights old classic movies are shown, complete with organ accompaniment. During our walks through downtown, one may stop and enjoy a spoken-word competition, jazz in a restaurant or bar lounge, or indie film at Camera 12 Cinemas.
With a great arts scene comes great resources. The Downtowner Online, a weekly compilation of all that’s happening, downtown, is complemented by Artsopolis.com, which provides details and ticket information.
Find more information of downtown performing arts groups below in addition to select museums and galleries. For a comprehensive list of museums and galleries, click here.
livesv.com (most Silicon Valley arts)
ticketmaster.com (HP Pavilion, San Jose State Events Center)
Ballet San Jose
40 N. First St., (408) 288-2820
Spearheaded by Dennis Nahat, the company of 30 ballet dancers from 12 countries travels the world armed with a repertoire of more than 120 traditional and modern ballets. It remains one of the only major ballet companies to run an associated professional ballet school. Ballet San Jose performs to more than 60,000 theatre attendees every year at the Center for the Performing Arts.
Broadway San Jose
Broadway San Jose – A Nederlander Presentation, is a family owned and operated company committed to bringing the best of Broadway musicals and exciting special attractions from around the world to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Nederlander is working in association with Team San Jose and with our own local San Jose staff to bring Broadway to the CPA. Since its founding in 1912, Nederlander has presented and produced award-winning entertainment throughout the United States, including nine theaters on Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Riverside, Durham, Tucson and now San Jose.
HD Opera Series at Camera 3 Entertainment
Camera Cinemas has moved its popular series of exclusive European HD operas and ballets from Camera 7 Pruneyard to Camera 3 Entertainment, at the corner of Second and San Carlos Streets in downtown San Jose — Silicon Valley’s center of arts and culture. Beginning August 28th through January 10, 2012, see popular titles including Aida, Tosca, Cosi fan tutte and The Nutcracker, Sundays at 12 noon with encore screenings the following Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Enjoy new, lower pricing! Single tickets are now just $17, with a $15 per ticket subscription price when three or more shows are purchased. Partake in specialty coffees or beer and wine in the lobby before and after the show. And of course, we offer 3 hrs 40 min. of FREE validated parking in the attached, covered parking garage. Just present your same day ticket purchase at the box office.
Children’s Musical Theater San Jose
1401 Parkmoor Ave., (408) 288-5437
The Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose (CMT) has served San Jose for more than 40 years, with more than 60,000 young people participating in its productions. Now one of the nation’s largest youth musical theater and training program of its kind, the show goes on at the CMT’s permanent home, Montgomery Theatre.
Northside Theatre Company
848 E. William St., (408) 288-7820
The Northside Theatre Company (NTC) is known for new play development and redefining the integrity and importance of small theater organizations. NTC performs in the intimate setting of the Black Box Theatre, giving audiences a chance to get up close and personal with the show and the actors.
Opera San Jose
2149 Paragon Drive, (408) 437-4450
Opera San Jose celebrates 25 years of opera with its silver anniversary 2008-2009 season staged in the beautiful and historic California Theatre. Offering a unique resident company , Opera San Jose contracts professional artists in the first years of their singing careers – creating high-quality theatrical and musical performances.
Renegade Theatre Experiment
1346 The Alameda Suite 7-265, (408) 351-4440
The Renegade Theatre Experiment (RTE) began with a group of Santa Clara University Students who realized they would rather perform together then audition for separate shows. RTE strives to create bold works of art that speak to the audience. All performances take place at the Historic Hoover Theatre.
San Jose Chamber Music Society
72 N. Fifth St., (408) 286-5111
A community-based non-profit organization, the San Jose Chamber Music Society (SJCMS), produces affordable but high-quality concerts in Le Petit Trianon Theatre. The society was created to promote chamber music in the South Bay and continues this mission through music apprenticeship, experience and education.
San Jose Chamber Orchestra
72 N. Fifth St., (408) 295-4416
Conductor and founder Barbara Day Turner’s resume of more than 40 operas and 50 musical theatre pieces ensures that the San Jose Chamber Orchestra delivers creative and engaging programming. Most performances take place in the Le Petit Trianon Theatre where music “envelopes the audience and players.”
South Bay Guitar Society
72 N. Fifth St., Suite 18, (408) 292-0704
The South Bay Guitar Society (SBGS) was formed to create public awareness in the arts, particularly the classical guitar. With offices based in the Le Petit Trianon Theatre, SBGS continues to bring national and international artists to the venue.
San Jose Repertory Theatre
101 Paseo de San Antonio, (408) 367-7255
The Mission of the San Jose Repertory Theatre is to engage, entertain and inspire people. They produce innovative theatrical performances that offer fresh perspectives into the human condition, educational programs that promote life-long learning, and outreach initiatives that benefit our diverse community.
Symphony Silicon Valley
P.O. Box 790, (408) 286-2600
Symphony Silicon Valley’s artists, all nationally recruited and local residents — with an average performance tenure in San Jose of over 20 years — are recognized as among the best in the greater Bay Area. Each season brings eight programs, sets of two or three concerts each, to the California Theatre plus additional seasonal concerts.
Tabard Theatre Company, Theatre on San Pedro Square
29 N. San Pedro St., Suite 200, (408) 979-0231
The Tabard Theatre Company presents professional shows that are suitable and appropriate for all ages. Additionally, Tabard donates a portion of its concession proceeds to non-profit organizations that are thematically related to the shows and often includes food or clothing drives during its productions. The Tabard Theatre Company is the managing and resident theatre company at Theatre on San Pedro Square.
345 S. First St., (408) 792-4145
Center for the Peforming Arts
255 Almaden Blvd, (408) 792-4145
Civic Aditorium (sanjosecivic.com)
San Carlos Street at Market Street, (408) 792-4145
Historic Hoover Theatre
1635 Park Ave., (408) 535-4747
271 S. Market St. (408) 792-4145
Le Petit Trianon Theatre
72 N. Fifth St., (408) 995-5400
Museums & Galleries
| Anno Domini||366 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113||271-5155|
| Children's Discovery Museum||180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110||298-5437|
|Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery||499 S. Market St.||295-5765|
| MACLA||510 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113||998-2783|
| San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art||560 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113||283-8155|
| San Jose Museum of Art||110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113||271-6840|
| San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles||520 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113||971-0323|
| The Tech Museum of Innovation||201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113||294-8324|
| Works/San José||451 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113||286-6800|