Arts and Culture in Temecula
Temecula Valley has a vibrant arts and culture scene that caters to the widely varied interests of its residents and guests. From symphony performances to country music, community theater to art exhibits, this wonderfully diverse city features events and venues that keep the arts and culture thriving.
Here’s a look at some of them:
- The Theater at Pechanga
The prestigious Pechanga Resort and Casino offers several venues for topflight entertainment. One of these is The Theater at Pechanga, a 1,200-seat performance venue for musicals, Broadway productions, stand-up comedy, and concerts by internationally renowned artists.
- Temecula Valley Symphony and Chorus
Hailed as one of the foremost cultural attractions in the region, the symphony boasts 60 volunteer members, most of who live and work in Temecula Valley. The symphony’s regular season concerts are held at the Golden Bears Theater in Temecula Valley High School, with programs that range from the symphony’s rendition of classical favorites to pop tributes.
- Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
Temecula Valley’s premier event celebrates the famed wine-growing tradition and lifestyle of the region with three days of wine and beer tastings, hot air balloon rides, and concerts by the top names in entertainment. Participants get the chance to sample the best Wine Country offerings and view the beautiful city from an exciting vantage point.
- Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Located in the heart of historic Old Town, the theater has two state-of-the-art performance venues – a 354-seat proscenium theater and the 48-seat, club-style Club at the Merc. The theater is home to seven resident companies – encompassing drama, musical, dance, and other performing arts – staging numerous performances every season.
- Art of the Walls
Hosted by the City of Temecula Community Services Department, this event is staged every first Friday of the month at the city’s gallery in Truax Building. It features the artwork of more than 10 artists whose work covers various genres. The exhibit also includes musical performances and refreshments, and is open to the public free of charge.
- Temecula Valley Museum
The museum offers a glimpse into the city’s history and culture with its permanent and seasonal exhibits and art gallery. The museum’s collections include early photographs, memorabilia, and relics showcasing various aspects of Temecula’s history. The museum also stages walking tours of Old Town Temecula, summer camps and other events, and houses the charmingly quaint wedding chapel, Chapel of Memories, built in 1917.
- Pennypickles – The Temecula Children’s Museum
This award-winning attraction located at Old Town is a children’s science museum like no other. Kids will learn about inventions, gadgets, physics, biology, and more as they tour the fictional Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle’s “home and workshop.” The museum also holds fun events for the family such as “Hogwarts Herbology” and “I Love Robots” nights.
- Summer Concert Series
All summer long, the city presents free concerts at the Temecula Amphitheater, with performances by local and visiting rock and country bands, as well as musicians of other genres.
- Old Town Temecula
The city’s historic downtown is home to some of Temecula’s earliest buildings and structures that have been well preserved over the years. It’s also the site of many of the city’s premier events, museums and other attractions, and features antique shops, wooden boardwalks, and great shops and restaurants.