Sunset Cultural Center
The venue started nearly a century ago as the Sunset School, and today's Sunset Cultural Center is home to the Monterey Symphony, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, and the Carmel Music Society. Beyond its charming, gothic revival styling—resulting from its transformation into an art space from a public school—the acoustics here are exceptional. Theatergoers lucky enough to enjoy a performance in its 718-seat theater can expect a top-notch experience.
To attend the community-centric programming and performances at Sunset Cultural Center, you should secure seats by purchasing tickets in advance. You can buy tickets online, by phone, or at the box office. Rush tickets are the best value for students and active-duty military personnel; call on the day of a performance to check availability.
Things to know before you go
- For the best value, purchase tickets to three or more Sunset Presents shows at a discount.
- The theater offers wheelchair-accessible seating.
- Food and drink are not allowed in the theater.
How to get there
Located in the charming seaside town of Carmel, the most convenient way to enjoy a performance at the Sunset Cultural Center is to drive. Take Highway 1 to the Ocean Avenue exit. The cultural center is located on San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, and free parking is available at the nearby lot on 8th Avenue.
When to get there
Shows at Sunset Cultural Center begin on time. Ticket holders should arrive at least 20 minutes early to get settled, and you should leave extra time if you're purchasing same-day tickets. Late seating is at the discretion of the house manager. Since live performances are hosted all year round—with everything from chamber music to dance—you should check the calendar to see what's on.
Enjoying the Food and Wine in Carmel
Just a short walk from the Sunset Cultural Center you can find several charming establishments where you can sample the famously refined California wine. Since there are numerous producers around the Monterey Peninsula, many have Carmel tasting rooms. Galante Vineyards, Wrath Wines, and Scheid Vineyards are represented here, as are many others. To take the guesswork out of planning, food and wine walking tours are a great way to find standout wine and tasty bites.