The downtown San Jose community takes pride in the diversity and quality of arts offered. From small galleries and stages to large concert arenas, downtowners can usually find something creative and extraordinary to do any night of the week. We strive to 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 thrive in SoFA the first Friday of each month. It’s what keeps ‘em coming back to the San Jose Stage, Theatre on San Pedro Square or City Lights. It’s what allows big-name productions to stage a Broadway San Jose production for a week at a time at the Center for the Performing Arts. It’s what brings opera and symphony lovers to the restored California Theatre. During our walks through downtown, one may stop and enjoy a spoken-word competition, Live and Local music in a restaurant or bar lounge, or indie film at Camera Cinemas.
With a great arts scene comes great resources. The Downtowner Online, a weekly compilation of all that’s happening, downtown, is complemented by LiveSV.com, which provides details and ticket information for the region.
livesv.com (most Silicon Valley arts)
ticketmaster.com (SAP Center, San Jose State Events Center)
Music and stage:
Ballet San Jose
40 N. First St., (408) 288-2820
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 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.
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.
City Lights Theatre Co.
529 S. Second St, (408) 295-4200
City Lights Theater Co. produces a season of 6 plays per year in the Company’s intimate 100-seat venue, and is committed to presenting exhilarating, thought-provoking plays that speak strongly to its audiences.
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 opera 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.”
San Jose Jazz
San Jose Jazz enriches our community through jazz education and performance. San Jose Jazz produces an annual Summer Festival each August, and produces a variety of other jazz concert series as well as numerous jazz concerts and events. It is also an educational organization whose commitment to education and the community goes back more than 15 years.
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.
490 S. First St, (408) 283-7142
San Jose Stage Co. produces professional live theater in a unique environment, and is dedicated to the development and presentation of new works, with a concentration on American literature, and world classics that illuminate the human condition and speak to the hopes and fears of all mankind.
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. One of the highlights each season are the free Target Summer Pops concerts on the green at San Jose State University.
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. The Tabard Theatre Company is the managing and resident theatre company at Theatre on San Pedro Square.
CINEQUEST fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower, improve, and transform the lives of people and communities worldwide, through Picture the Possibilities (PTP), Cinequest Film Festival and Cinequest Mavericks Studio. The film festival showcases the city center for 13 days each February and March.
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. 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, 3 hours 40 minutes of FREE validated parking in the attached, covered parking garage is also available. Just present your same day ticket purchase at the box office.
345 S. First St., (408) 792-4145
Center for the Peforming Arts
255 Almaden Blvd, (408) 792-4145
Historic Hoover Theatre
1635 Park Ave., (408) 535-4747
Le Petit Trianon Theatre
72 N. Fifth St., (408) 995-5400
271 S. Market St. (408) 792-4145
SAP Center at San Jose
West Santa Clara and Autumn streets
San Jose Civic
San Carlos Street at Market Street, (408) 792-4145
Museums & Galleries
| Anno Domini||366 S 1st St||(408) 271-5155|
|Art Object Gallery||592 N. Fifth St.||(408) 288-9305|
| Casa Jalisco||320 S. 1st St||(408) 890-5507|
| Children's Discovery Museum||180 Woz Way||(408) 298-5437|
|Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery||499 S. Market St.||(408) 295-5765|
| KALEID Gallery||88 S. Fourth St||(408) 271-5151|
|LGBTQ Youth Space Gallery||452 S. 1st St|
| MACLA||510 S 1st St||(408) 998-2783|
| San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art||560 S 1st St||(408) 283-8155|
| San Jose Museum of Art||110 S Market St||(408) 271-6840|
| San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles||520 S 1st St||(408) 971-0323|
|Seeing Things Gallery||30 N. Third St||(408) 891-7553|
| The Tech Museum of Innovation||201 S Market St||(408) 294-8324|
| Works/San José||365 S. Market St||(408) 286-6800|
| ZERO1 Garage||429 S. 1st St||(408) 606-6806|