Arts & Culture in Victorville, CA
Music and theater anchor the Victor Valley arts scene, and culture enthusiasts have museums and attractions that showcase the history and lifestyle of the area.
Live Entertainment in the Valley
In its 50th year, the Victor Valley Community Concert Association is noted as the best concert series in the High Desert. Each season has a special focus, and performers include individual musicians and groups. All concerts are presented at the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center.
The Performing Arts Center hosts monthly events and includes two theaters: the Main Stage, which seats around 490 people, and the Black Box theater, which seats up to 120. The Main Stage is used for larger performances in music, dance, theater and lectures, while the Black Box is suited for smaller, intimate performances. Specialized classes are also held in the center for students studying acting, make-up, costuming and more.
High Desert Center for the Arts
An equally popular locale is the High Desert Center for the Arts, which dates back to 1943 when it was operated as a USO site. Several troupes that work with children, as well other local theater and music groups, use the 170-seat theater and art gallery.
Some former visitors seem to be unable to stay away either, as the center’s reportedly got some hangers-on from its earlier days and from nearby Old Town Victorville. According to the California Society for Ghost Research, the center’s otherworldly cast includes a Spanish War soldier, Mojave Indians and an actor in a Hamlet costume.
Old Town Victorville
There’s a lot more than ghosts in Old Town Victorville, however. The area goes back to the 1850s, and currently the city is actively recruiting new shops and businesses to help recreate a thriving and lively urban center.
Route 66 Museum
Helping to keep that traffic coming through Victorville is the California Route 66 Museum, which celebrates that famous route from Chicago to L.A. The museum is a snapshot of Victorville history, with exhibits of memorabilia that includes the remnants of Hula Ville, a now-defunct attraction that featured a 9-foot dancing hula girl sign.
Happy Trails for Children
The Happy Trails Children’s Foundation works with abused children from its Cooper Home in Apple Valley, and since 1997 has helped more than 350 children receive shelter, care and treatment services. And at Sunset Hills Memorial Park the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Sunset Chapel has been providing one of the area’s most beautiful backdrops for weddings and special events since opening its doors in 2007.
San Bernardino County Fairgrounds
The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds is another attraction consumed with horse shows, bridal events, family reunions, corporate and business functions, car rallies and more.
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