Theater & Shows in San Marcos

Weekend Standup Show for One or Weekday Standup Show for Four at The Comedy Store (Up to 72% Off)

The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

Comedy club once home to Jim Carrey and George Carlin incites laughter with acts such as Sam Tripoli and Mo Mandel

$32 $9

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Ivan Amodei at The Westgate Hotel on Saturday, October 18, at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. (Up to 61% Off)

Ivan Amodei

The Westgate Hotel

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Award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

$75 $29

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Curtain Call Company Presents "Dial 'M' for Murder" for Two at Sun Center on September 21–28 (Up to 45% Off)

"Dial 'M' for Murder"

Sun Center

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Classic crime staged on Broadway and transformed into a Hitchcock film pits a devious, greedy husband against his rich wife

$34.50 $19

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"Boomers: The Music of Revue of a Generation" at Horton Grand Theatre Through October 12 (Up to 55% Off)

"Boomers: The Music Revue of a Generation"

Horton Grand Theatre

The greatest hits of the '60s and '70s come alive in this throwback musical led by seven singers and a tight backing band

$64 $29

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$75 for Mystery Comedy Dinner Theater for Two with Magnets at Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater ($130 Value)

Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater

The Imperial House Restaurant

Four-course meal and commemorative show magnets accompany a live, comedic mystery performance with audience participation

$130 $75

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Improv or Sketch Comedy for Two or Four on Friday and Saturday Nights at Finest City Improv (Up to 45% Off)

Finest City Improv

San Diego

In its new home attached to the Lafayette Hotel, this comedy theater hosts everything from riffs on classic films to improvised musicals

$20 $12

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$89 for Flamenco Dance Show and Three-Course Spanish Dinner with Sangria at Cafe Sevilla ($163 Value)

Cafe Sevilla

San Diego

Flamenco performers accompany traditional Spanish dinners centering on paella studded with seafood, chicken, and sausage

$163 $89

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Dinner and Jazz Event for Two at Empowering Success Now presents Twilight Dinner and Jazz (50% Off)

Empowering Success Now presents Twilight Dinner and Jazz

Lake Elsinore

Musicians such as Kenny Rice, J. Boykin, and Vaughn Fahie create dulcet tones to accompany dinner, served by Summerly Grille Restaurant

$190 $95

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"Broadway or Bust!" at The Yost Theater on Saturday, October 4, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"Broadway or Bust!"

The Yost Theater

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Lili VonSchtupp hosts a burlesque-tinged Broadway revue that delivers ribald laughs courtesy of the Yadi Presents temptresses

$30 $15

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Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre for Two or Four at Rib Trader (Up to Half Off)

Merlin's Magic & Comedy Dinner Theatre

Rib Trader

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Medievally clad magician weaves mystical tricks before entranced audiences over a dinner of sumptuous barbecue ribs and chicken

$119.80 $60

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"Rent" at Plummer Auditorium, September 25–28 (Up to 53% Off)

"RENT"

Plummer Auditorium

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Professional production of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical that follows an ensemble of artists as they fight through poverty and AIDS

$20 $10

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"La Bamba" at California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 25, at 8 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

"La Bamba"

California Theatre of the Performing Arts

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Rollicking musical tribute paints a portrait of the all-too-brief life of Hispanic rock star Ritchie Valens

$89.75 $39

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Veteran ballet dancers Lauri-Michelle and Benjamin Houk run a duo of prominent dance academies designed to aid children in the pursuit of toe-tapping excellence. Five four-hour days of dance camp break up the drudgery of summertime like an ice-cream truck breaks up a cul-de-sac water-balloon fight. Jazz Contemporary Hip-Hop workshop and the Ballet Summer Intensive offer various age-specific seminars for young hoofers all the way up to older teens, and the Mary Poppins Musical Theater Camp trains the starry eyes and limbs of Broadway-bound 6- to 12-year-olds. The academies' Dancing Princesses camp teaches 4- to 6-year-olds how to gracefully sway with any glass footwear or beast dance partner.

1635 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
San Marcos,
CA
US

Throughout its 12-acre arts complex, with more than 9,000 feet of performance space, the California Center for the Arts intersperses a variety of mediums and disciplines with the overarching aim of promoting community building. The museum's three visual-art galleries and sculpture court have housed more than 75 exhibitions since 1994, including interactive exhibits on going "green" that feature tips from crocodiles and the Wicked Witch of the West. Currently, Patricia Patterson's exhibition Here and There, Back and Forth mystifies museum-goers with theatrical installations and painted snapshots. Along with free admission to the museum for two adults and up to four children, family memberships include priority seating and presale tickets to performances, invitations to preview events, and free admission for two adults to the Art & Intrigue show.

340 N Escondido Blvd
Escondido,
CA
US

Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

330 W Felicita Ave
Escondido,
CA
US

Welk Resorts is proof that opportunity can strike at any moment. In 1964, Lawrence Welk was in San Diego with the intention of investing in a grove of orange trees, when he decided to take a drive. Inspired by his exploration, he changed his course; instead of procuring a grove, he bought a motel and a nine-hole golf course. As he began hosting shows and building additions at his recreation haven, Welk Resorts grew, and eventually became an international resort company with locations in California, Missouri, and Mexico.

Today, guests can swim in one of the resort pools, take in water sports, catch a show in one of the on-site theaters, or collect all the round, white jewels on the golf course. They can also explore each resort's hosted events, which range from Fathers' Day barbecues to farmers' markets.

8860 Lawrence Welk Dr
Escondido,
CA
US

Hewing to the artistic vision of director Leslie Craig-Foxworth, the international cartel of stage-trained rug-cutters at Performing Arts Workshop lead dancers of all ages in ballet, tap, and jazz classes. Scan the schedule courses suiting tap-ready toes attached to child or adult feet, with new classes including Vaganova-style adult beginning ballet, modern dance for the 45+ crowd, and the Mommy & Me sessions, which set tots as young as 2 spinning while they're still small enough to hide inside a jewelry box. Children aged 6–12 as well as full-grown adults can click shoes in respective beginner tap classes, while Starlets and Twinkle Toes classes impart the foundations of classical ballet in children 3–5 years old. The Performing Arts Workshop puts on twice-yearly performances, including The Nutcracker in December, which, unlike the cliques of haughty real-world wooden dolls, remains open to all students.

1105 2nd St
Encinitas,
CA
US

Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, the crossbreed GuitarViol, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.

5790 Armada Dr
Carlsbad,
CA
US