Carmel is very well known for its history of the arts. In 1907, the first art theatre was built in town, called the Carmel Arts and Crafts Clubhouse. Poets would perform their work there. A few years later, the club began to host lessons for painters, actors, writers, and other artists. The facility kept expanding throughout the 20th century, and was eventually rebuilt as a two-theatre complex in the 1950s after a fire burnt down part of the original building.
Carmel was built on art, some of the housing structures were even designed by local artists. There is plenty of art and culture to immerse oneself in while visiting or living the city.
There is a gorgeous arena called Sunset Center located in Carmel. Sunset Center was originally established as a school, though today it is a performing arts center that houses concerts, entertainers, and various community events. Sunset Center has been opened as this wonderful musical arena since 2003. The center is the perfect size to satisfy a large group without losing an intimate feeling to the performances.
There is also the Carmel Bach Festival each year, dating back to 1935. The festival originally took place over the course of three days, eventually spanning to three weeks, though it is now over a two week period. The Bach Festival celebrates J.S. Bach, naturally, but also brings celebration to the history of Baroque music and its time period. The Monterey Symphony takes part in the festival, playing triple performances of a seven-part concert series.
Blue Dog Gallery6th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Seaview details
Gallery by the Sea CarmelSan Carlos Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Blue Dog Ltd GalleriaDolores Street, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Gallerie AmsterdamDolores Street, Carmel-by-the-Seaview details
Winfield GalleryDolores between Ocean & 7th, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Center For Photographic ArtSan Carlos Street, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 29 / 30 view details
The Art of Dr. Seuss Presented By Dennis Rae Fine ArtSan Carlos St between 5th and 6th, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 27 / 30 view details
Ex-Tempore4035 Costado Road, Pebble Beachview details
EXPOSED7th San Carlos Street, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Pacific Grove Art Center568 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific GroveAverage Rating: 28 / 30 view details
Its Cactus22748 Portola Dr, Salinasview details
Z Folio Gallery750 Cannery Row Suite 112, MontereyAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Cherry Foundation IncGuadalupe & 4th Ave, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 24 / 30 view details
Images of Pebble Beach1700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble BeachAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Orientations700 Camino El Estero, MontereyAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Gallery 21Dolores Street & 6th st,Between Dolores and Lincoln Streets,Carmel,CA,93923, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Nancy Dodds GallerySan Carlos St & 7th Ave, Carmel-by-the-SeaAverage Rating: 30 / 30 view details
Classic Art GallerySan Carlos Street (between 5th & 6th), Carmel-by-the-Seaview details