Soak Up the Culture in Downtown Monterey

Besides its intensely rich history, Downtown Monterey is a literal cultural hub with wonderful museums, live music venues and more. You can walk your way through some of the region’s most amazing museums and by night stroll along the main streets and listen to live music in both small and large venues. Here’s a short bucket list of must sees in our amazing Downtown City Center.


Golden State Theatre

417 Alvarado Street Monterey

In 1926, a 15,000 square-foot Moorish castle rose on Alvarado Street, to the amazement of locals and visitors alike. A new cinema and live performance venue to rival those in California’s largest cities, the Golden State Theatre was the definition of an opulent movie palace. After decades of deterioration, it has been faithfully restored to its former glory, featuring an Old World grand lobby and mezzanine, one thousand plush velvet seats, state-of-the-art sound, and the indefinable magic of a truly historic setting. B.B. King, Bill Cosby, Willie Nelson, The Smothers Brothers — these are just some of the names that have recently graced the stage, contributing to the Theatre’s new legacy since its renovation and exciting revival. Attend a world-class concert or film festival at the Golden State Theatre, or host your own special event here, and become part of its new chapter of history.



Upcoming Events:

January 29, 2017 KPIG & (((folk-YEAh!))) presents Robert Earl Keen

February 16, 2017 Live Nation Presents: Brian Regan

March 10, 2017 The Beach Boys




Photo Credit: Scott Campbell

Dali 17 Museum

5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey

Located just steps from the Portola out on Custom House Plaza is the Dali 17 Museum, a permanent exhibition of one of the world’s most celebrated surrealist artists, Salvador Dali. View 2016 Portola Guest Post  Monterey was selected as the location for this exhibition as it was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and painted. Dali 17 is home to Dali’s original etchings, mixed media, lithographs and rare sculptures. This “exhibition centers around the premise to revive Dali’s life story by showcasing his influence locally and capturing the rich history that ties him to the Monterey region.” Source:

Current Exhibition:

557 Lithographs, etchings & 230 originals – ongoing


Upcoming Events:

Call (831) 372-2608


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Photo Credit: Ian Martin

Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street

559 Pacific Street, Monterey

Located across from historic Colton Hall in Old Monterey, the Museum features galleries devoted to exhibitions of American and early California painting, photography and contemporary art. The Museum store includes creative and unusual cards, jewelry, and gifts by local artists. In addition, the store carries a selection of books of regional interest.



Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Miniatures 2016 – now through January 13, 2017

Re: Pose: Photographs – now through January17, 2017

Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist – February 9 – April 10, 2017

What we See: Photographs by Women Without Shelter – March 16 – September 4, 2017


Osio Theater

350 Alvarado Street, Monterey


As Monterey’s only independently and locally owned movie theater, you will be sure to catch some of the best independent and foreign films out there. In addition, the Osio also features classic films and hosts a variety special events.

For a current list of showtimes visit


Youth Arts Collective

472 Calle Principal, Monterey

This amazing and innovative art studio is specifically for high school and college age artists. Mentors are paired with each youth artist and empowers the next generation of Monterey County artists to discover their potential and provide them with an authentic gallery experience.

Current Exhibit: Holiday Art Show, now through February 27, 2017, over 60 youth artists featured.

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