Carmel Arts & Entertainment
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If you’re looking for an exciting cultural experience or just want to be entertained, Carmel is the place for you. Start your visit at The Center for the Performing Arts, home to the world-class Palladium concert hall as well as the Tarkington and Studio theaters.
The Center for the Performing Arts hosts a wide variety of entertainers from around the globe and is home to the Great American Songbook Foundation, an affiliate of the Grammy Museum. In addition, it also is home to some of the area's finest performing companies:
Are the Visual Arts more your style? If so, visit the Carmel Arts & Design District and other nearby locations where you’ll find a range of galleries alongside restaurants, bars and unique shopping experiences:
Anthony J. Padgett Gallery (located at Clay Terrace)
SOHO Café & Gallery (located in Midtown)
In addition, scattered throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District and connected to many of our roundabouts, you’ll find a collection of Sculptures and Art Installations that are sure to please! The majority of the public art and sculptures in the Arts & Design District are by J. Seward Johnson, whose lifelike creations draw attention as visitors to the area pose with the statues for photographs or just for laughs.
If your tastes run toward Music and the Performing Arts, you’ll find numerous opportunities all over town, including The Center for the Performing Arts, The Cat Theatre, and a number of independent companies, including the following. (There are also several bars and restaurants in Carmel that offer live music on select nights. Visit Yelp or other online search engines for more information.)
Amalgamated Stage Productions *
Approxima Theatre Company *
Carmel Apprentice Theatre *
Magic Thread Cabaret *
+ Resident company of The Center for the Performing Arts
* Resident company of The Cat
Into Specialty Museums that you won’t find anywhere else? Carmel has that too! Spend an hour or a day visiting these unique and interesting gems:
The Carmel Fire Buffs and Fire Department Museum – 210 Veterans Way
Great American Songbook Foundation Exhibition Gallery – 1 Center Green
The Home Place Library & Museum – 108th Street and College Avenue
Carmel Clay Historical Society Monon Depot Museum – 211 1st Street SW
The Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections – 111 E. Main Street
And if you’re really just looking for some old-fashioned Hollywood fare coupled with great brews and delicious bites, then visit
So, whether you’re visiting Carmel for the first time or you’re a long-time resident, there are plenty of opportunities for fun and entertainment. Check us out soon, and enjoy your visit!