Downtown Vallejo boasts a burgeoning art scene, deep musical roots, rich history and impressive architecture. Explore the Downtown Vallejo Arts & Entertainment District for an eclectic mix of local culture, featuring galleries, studios, music and performance, shops, restaurants, unique architecture and a great historical museum.
This week in Vallejo
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Events: Arts, Music, Entertainment!
This Beaux Arts landmark offers a variety of entertainment. Their signature Wednesday Night music series features a variety of music including blues, Americana, rockabilly, soul and funk. It also hosts comedy, local theater productions, community events, and a film club for cinema buffs.For a full listing of events, visit the website at www.empresstheatre.org
330 Virginia Street
Second Friday Vallejo Artwalk
Enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments as you stroll the downtown. Anchored by downtown galleries and artist studios, the 2nd Friday Art Walk links venues along Georgia and Marin St on the second Friday of each month. Event hours are from 5-10 pm.
Artiszen Cultural Art Center
Artiszen is a community space fostering creativity, community building and an appreciation for the arts. For a calendar of upcoming events, visit their website.
337 Georgia St.
The Hub Vallejo
Community art and event space offering workshops, gallery shows, music and performance. For a calendar of upcoming events, visit their website.
350 Georgia St.
The Vallejo Symphony
The Vallejo Symphony, California’s second oldest, has been entertaining audiences since 1932. The Vallejo Symphony is an orchestra with regional appeal, featuring some of the finest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit their website for season’s offerings.
714 Marin St.
The home of artists, inventors, tinkerers and pranksters, it is also the home of the Hibernian Academy of UnNatural Sciences, and the famous Neverwashaul. They feature Sunday workshops and produce events throughout the year.
510 Pennsylvania St
History, Culture, and Architecture!
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, located in the old City Hall, preserves and exhibits the history of the City of Vallejo and the former U.S. Naval Shipyard at Mare Island. Don’t miss the working submarine periscope which is installed though the roof with excellent views of the City and Mare Island. For upcoming art exhibits and performances visit the website.
734 Marin Street Vallejo, CA 94590
The McCune Collection
Located at the ground floor of the JFK Library, this highly regarded collection includes 15th Century French Illuminated manuscripts, original leaves from Chaucer circa 1500, and printings of Shakespeare’s plays circa 1600 as well as historic, functioning printing presses. The McCune Room is open to the public every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 2-4pm, and during the 2nd Friday Artwalk. For more information, visit their website.
McCune Information: http://www.mccunecollection.org
505 Santa Clara Street
A full service library with meeting rooms and public computers, it also houses the offices of Fighting Back Partnership.
Library Information: http://solanolibrary.com/john-f-kennedy/
505 Santa Clara Street
Take a Walk!
Self Guided Tours of the Downtown
Vallejo Art and Architecture Walk
Video clips accessible via QR codes guide you on a walk through the downtown to the waterfront, showcasing Vallejo’s architecture, history, and new public art projects including utility box art. This Participatory Budgeting project will feature more art and placemaking projects, to be completed in 2016.
Vallejo Art Windows
This yearlong art installation project features the work of local and regional artists in empty storefront windows. Maps for the self-guided tour are available at the Ferry Building and the Naval Museum or online, HERE.
History Speaks: Vallejo Architectural Heritage Walking Tour
Vallejo boasts one of the best collections of historic homes and old commercial and industrial buildings to be found in the Bay Area. Historic Walking Tour maps of Downtown Vallejo and the surrounding areas, created by the Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Commission, are available at the Vallejo Visitors Authority at the Ferry Building, City Hall, and the Museum. Click here for an online MAP.
MORE Vallejo Arts and Entertainment!
For more information and an up-to-date calendar of events, visit the Vallejo Arts and Entertainment web site at artsvallejo.com, or the Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.visitvallejo.com.
See you around town!