Arts and Culture

Do we have culture at UC Davis? From our student performers to our “town and gown” musical groups, from our thought-provoking art exhibitions to international dance troupes, UC Davis is awash in color, sound and motion. It is a place where students, faculty, staff and community members come to practice, enjoy and discover the arts.


You can find many events on these calendars, but also check the home pages of our academic departments for program-specific events.

Performing arts

The community can find high quality performances of music, theatres and dance performed by students and professionals, often in collaboration, on a variety of stages.

Art museums

The collections of these museums span 20 centuries, five continents and uncountable peoples' cultures in exhibitions free to the general public and the campus.

Humanities and literature

Throughout the year, we host visiting and campus speakers who stimulate ideas and dialogue. Professional and student writers also give readings and discussions.


Film lovers have a bounty of opportunities at UC Davis: hosted series and festivals featuring vintage movies, foreign films, and experimental and student work.

Cultural events and programs

Find cultural events across the spectrum, from old favorites like Picnic Day to celebrations of ethnicity and the Campus Community Book Project.

Classes and exhibitions

Looking for a way to express your own creativity or just want to spend an hour enjoying somebody elses talent? Find arts and craft classes, discover new understandings from old books or enjoy exhibitions that catch your fancy.

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Where to buy tickets

Alvin Ailey dancers

Mondavi Center Ticket Office

(530) 754-2787
Noon - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday