The arts blossom in Stockton this spring | Visit Stockton

The arts blossom in Stockton this spring

Weve curated a handful of shows and exhibits to get you started in the arts.

The change of the seasons always welcomes a fresh opportunity to get out of the house and explore the arts. And with a variety of performing and fine arts gems ready to be discovered, Stockton’s cultural epicenter is an entertainment luxury to be taken advantage of in the coming months.

We’ve curated a handful of shows and exhibits to get you started, whether you’re looking for something sophisticated and social to do for date night or something fun and educational for the whole family.

The Stockton Opera Guild presents Die Fledermaus
Dubbed a witty and sophisticated romp where romantic comedy meets intoxicated song and dance, this farce-filled operetta is debauchery at its funniest when a masquerade party gone wrong finds its guests in jail and a couple’s passion for each other revived.
When: May 29, 7:30 p.m., and May 31, 2 p.m.
Where: Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., 95211
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Stockton Civic Theatre presents The 39 Steps

This thrilling Tony Award-winning whodunit had a run of 771 straight performances on Broadway. The plot is a melodrama partly adapted from an Alfred Hitchcock film and sees a cast of four play more than 150 character roles, from female spies to cunning assassins. Open to a wide range of mature audiences, The 39 Steps blends quick-wit comedy with action-packed thrills and chills (and an on-stage plane crash) that might be inappropriate for kids under 13.
When: April 29 to May 17, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rosemarie Ln., 95207
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San Joaquin Delta College Drama presents Kiss Me, Kate
Show your support for the county’s community college as its drama department brings a unique take on a Shakespearean classic to Stockton with this American classic. The slapstick musical, featuring the work of iconic American composer/songwriter Cole Porter, pits a pair of divorced stage actors vying for Broadway success in an emotional battle of the sexes that provokes unfolding drama that’ll have you in stitches.
When: May 8, 9, 15 and 16, 8 p.m., and May 10 and 17, 2 p.m.
Where: Tillie Lewis Theatre, 5151 Pacific Ave., 95207
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The Stockton Chorale presents From Sea to Shining Sea
Travel throughout American history without leaving your seat. The Stockton Chorale—with five ensembles of singers ranging from ages 9 to 90—is presenting two concerts that feature Broadway, folk, jazz and classical music from eras old and new, as well as a world premiere of nationally celebrated composer Kirke Mechem.
When: May 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 700 Pacific Ave., 95204
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Celtic Woman Live at the Bob Hope Theatre
Directed by Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes, Celtic Woman is actually a group of four women (three singers and a violinist) alongside a full band, choir and Irish dancers performing classical Irish music and contemporary pop. The internationally acclaimed production visits Stockton for just one of its many stops along the troupe’s 10th Anniversary World Tour. Don’t miss it! And don’t miss a chance to make an evening of it by grabbing dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.
When: May 29, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., 95202
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Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA
This Haggin Museum exhibition features approximately 75 stunning photographs revealing the diverse and rich history of arts and culture in Mexico, from the Mexican Revolution to mid-century press photography to modern urban life and politics. It is part of the SFMOMA on the Go project, an endeavor that started after the closing of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
When: April 16 to June 14
Where: The Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., 95203
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The Haggin Museum Free Admission Day
The word “free” brings a smile to every parent’s face, and that’s precisely what The Haggin Museum had in mind by offering free admission once a month. Stop by the first Saturday of the month for an afternoon of learning and art appreciation on the house.
When: First Saturday of every month, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: The Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., 95203
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The arts are in full bloom this spring, so visit for more sights, sounds and experiences this bustling sunrise seaport has to offer.