Arts and Culture
Arts at UC Merced
UC Merced's offerings include the Global Arts Studies Program and the Media Arts Program, which include courses in art history, musicology, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, vocal performance, theater and more. You can support "Arts UC Merced Presents…" by attending events or giving a gift to the program.
Merced Multicultural Arts Center — Merced County Arts Council
The Merced Multicultural Arts Center is a modern, three-story facility run by the Merced County Arts Council that provides space and support for arts education, training, world-class performances, tours, and five galleries showcasing arts and cultural exhibits of local and national importance. Don't miss the Arbor Gallery, a retail cooperative of over 30 regional artists.
The Merced Symphony Orchestra, formed more than five decades ago, performs throughout the year in local venues.
Founded in 1995, Playhouse Merced is a live theater that performs more than 12 shows per season on both our Main Stage and Black Box spaces. We hold open auditions for each show and love to see new faces audition. Playhouse Merced also offers classes in acting, dance and voice for children ages 5-19.
Local Fairs and Festivals
Merced regularly features one-time concerts, parades and celebrations.