Cal Poly Arts

1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo CA  93407

Phone: (805) 756-6556

Cal Poly Arts

Today, Cal Poly Arts presents the highest quality and most extensive range of regional, national and international touring shows and artists on the Central Coast.

Cal Poly Arts was formed in 1985 as a small classical music presenter. By 1988, the presenting series was expanded to include theatre, dance, and jazz events; by 1990, Cal Poly Arts had integrated world music/dance, folk/traditional music, and family programming into the series.

Cal Poly Arts spearheaded the drive to build a new venue and in 1996, the Performing Arts Center opened and the organization again expanded the scope of its programming by including speakers, comics, pop/country music acts, and the impressive Broadway touring show series.



Bringing you the best in professional performing arts entertainment on the Central Coast of California.

For 30 years, Cal Poly Arts is the premier presenter of professional, diverse, and dynamic performing arts and entertainment at San Luis Obispo's Performing Arts Center.



Serving the Central Coast and Cal Poly as a presenter of public arts events and keeping the performing arts accessible in the community. Offers a broad program of high-quality, professional touring performances, exhibitions, and speakers at the Performin

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Founded: 30 exciting seasons ago (1985)

Categories: College & University, Concert Venue, University




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Past Events

Namhee Han- Forbes Pipe Organ Recital

Namhee Han- Forbes Pipe Organ Recital
03:00 pm - 04/29/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Naturally sensitive and fluid, with technically robust music-making directly from the heart, Namhee Han will perform beloved organ music from Bach and others in...

La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia
08:00 pm - 04/27/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia is a musical phenomenon that defies musical and cultural boundaries, taking inspiration from a long list...

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
08:00 pm - 04/20/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

The Spanos will be rocking with a bayou beat! For 35 years, two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien has been shattering the myths of what his indigenous...

Koresh DANCE Company - Deconstructing Mozart & Other Works

Koresh DANCE Company - Deconstructing Mozart & Other Works
08:00 pm - 04/14/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Koresh Dance Co. produces contemporary works that are highly technical and deeply resonant. The troupe is widely recognized for its superb technique and emotionally-compelling...

Aquila Theatre - "Sense & Sensibility"

Aquila Theatre - "Sense & Sensibility"
08:00 pm - 03/23/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Jane Austen is one of the most popular and beloved authors of all time; she wrote about the lives of the English upper middle class with great insight and wit. Her...

Calmus with Organist Paul Woodring

Calmus with Organist Paul Woodring
03:00 pm - 03/18/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Founded in 1999, this remarkable German a cappella vocal quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig – the city so closely associated...

Improvised Shakespeare

Improvised Shakespeare
08:00 pm - 03/16/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

It’s all in the title: improvised Shakespeare. Based on a random audience suggestion for a new play title, The Improvised Shakespeare Company will create a fully...

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music
07:00 pm - 03/13/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

The hills are alive! A brand-new production of The Sound of Music is coming to San Luis Obispo. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will...

The TEN Tenors "Wish You Were Here"

The TEN Tenors "Wish You Were Here"
07:30 pm - 03/07/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Following their 2015 sold-out holiday show, The TEN Tenors return to the PAC with a celebration of musical legends lost before their time: David Bowie, Michael Jackson,...

Yamato at San Luis Obispo, CA

Yamato at San Luis Obispo, CA
07:30 pm - 03/06/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Yamato, "Chousensha" – The Challengers Dozens of players start their performance by hitting a Japanese Taiko drum made from a large 400-year-old tree. They move...

Eddie Izzard - "The Believe Me Tour"

Eddie Izzard - "The Believe Me Tour"
07:30 pm - 03/01/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Eddie Izzard is arguably one of today's top comedians. His Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour is a funny, emotional show that reveals the man behind the stand-up –...

Cameron Carpenter Organ Recital at the PAC 2/26/18

Cameron Carpenter Organ Recital at the PAC 2/26/18
07:30 pm - 02/26/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

In a triumphant, unprecedented fifth engagement at the PAC, the virtuoso organist – who continues to blend brilliant technical perfection with an energetic heart...

Black Violin - "Classical Boom" Tour

Black Violin - "Classical Boom" Tour
08:00 pm - 02/17/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. In the last decade, Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed...

Cirque Éloize - "Saloon"

Cirque Éloize - "Saloon"
07:30 pm - 02/15/2018

At Cal Poly Arts

The Wild Wild West comes alive with Cirque Éloize’s newest contemporary circus arts creation, "Saloon." Lasso some great family fun when you enter a mythical...

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