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One of the most diverse cities in Southern California.

The City of Irvine is rich in cultural experiences and celebrates it by featuring a vast array of festivals, museums, performing art theaters and much more. It's Irvine's of experiencing the world – without having to leave home.

Irvine Barclay Theater: 760-seat theater that offers a wide assortment of international performing arts experiences – ranging from contemporary dance, music, and theater arts.

Irvine Global Village Festival: The City of Irvine celebrates its cultural richness by sponsoring a Global Village Festival, which features arts and crafts, live entertainment and traditional cuisine from places as varied as India, Iran, Russia, and France. With more than 50 cultures represented, the entertainment is equally diverse, from Persian folk music to American Jazz to Chinese dance.

Irvine Museum: Features masters of California's turn-of-the-century impressionist movement and captures the delicate play of light breaking over hills and ocean cliffs.

Beall Center for Art + Technology: Located at the University of California, Irvine, this exhibit delivers a high-tech multimedia art experience with video and interactive displays.


undefinedIrvine is a place where arts & culture thrive

Irvine offers a variety of fun attractions and things to do. From plays to performances, sporting events to exhibitions, comedy and much more, Irvine is the place to be! Below are a couple of highlights you don't want to miss:


Beall Center for Art + Technology at UCI

712 Arts Plaza

Irvine, CA 92617

Phone: (949) 824-4339


High-tech art center and gallery focuses on experimental and media arts.


Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 Megaplex

65 Fortune Drive

Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: (949) 450-4920


This movie theater is newly renovated with stadium seating and updated digital surround sound. Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 offers the popular IMAX Theater that showcases spectacular movies playing on an eight–story screen.


Improv Comedy Club

71 Fortune Drive, Suite 841

Irvine, CA 92618 

Phone: (949) 854-5455


A unique and functional all-inclusive event venue.


Irvine Global Village Festival

4 Civic Center Plaza

Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: (949) 724-6606


The Irvine Global Festival is held each fall at Bill Barber Park. The festival welcomes more than 13,000 guests annually to celebrate Irvine's cultural diversity.


Irvine Historical Museum

5 San Joaquin

Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: (949) 786-4112


Located in the San Joaquin Ranch House, the museum was commissioned by James Irvine in 1868 and considered the oldest standing structure within the original boundaries of Irvine Ranch.


Irvine Meadows/ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8808 Irvine Center Dr.

Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: (949) 855-8095


Orange County's largest outdoor concert venue hosts popular bands and artists. Summer home of the Pacific Symphony.


Pretend City Children's Museum

29 Hubble

Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: (949) 428-3900


A magical, interactive "city" where children have an opportunity to play grown-up by going to work, buying groceries, visiting the doctor and collecting their pay from an ATM.


The Irvine Museum

18881 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1275

Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: (949) 476-8400


The Irvine Museum is the only museum in California dedicated to the preservation and display of California impressionism.