Concerts & Special Events

Besides offering a six-show mainstage season, City Lights Theater also hosts play readings, concerts and other special events. To experience great music from soul to jazz to funk, check out our Lights & Music Concert Series presented in partnership with Epic Immersive. Or get introduced to a fresh work by a local playwright at our “Lights Up!” festival of new plays. The first Lights Up! was in April 2017, and we’re now accepting script submissions and applications for actors, directors and readers for Lights Up! 2018.

To ask about renting the theater for your own event, email Here’s what’s coming up:

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A San Jose Taiko artist performs. Photo by Higashi Design.

San Jose Taiko Concert

A concert and meet-and-greet with this vibrant local group
7 p.m. Sunday, July 23

We’re delighted to welcome San Jose Taiko to the City Lights stage for a special evening! Known for synchronized choreography, eclectic musicality, and joyful spirit, San Jose Taiko performances and instruction are sought throughout the world. Enjoy original music that spans the rich legacy of SJT’s 44-year history and has kept SJT at the forefront of the multicultural arts scene here in San Jose and abroad. This event is part of the Lights & Music Concert Series, which we present together with Epic Immersive. Buy tickets online.

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Inside the Brewers Studio

The inaugural event of our new series!
7 p.m. Sunday, July 30

Join us for the inaugural event of the Inside the Brewers Studio series! Each event will feature dynamic beer and ale enthusiasts such as local brewers, writers, ingredient sourcers and marketers. Your ticket directly benefits City Lights Theater Company and includes one pint of beer brewed by tonight’s brewer.

For this event we will host Matt Hartenstein of Taplands Taproom and Brewery and Seth Hendrickson of Golden State Brewery. Matt is brewing a special Blood Orange Ale that will be served at our August “Axes & Ohhhhs!” fundraiser, which has the theme of our summer musical LIZZIE. Would Lizzie Borden approve? We think so.

Enjoy tasting the ale and other beers at this fun and interactive evening. Since time immemorial, beer has been called “the bread of life.” With this in mind, we’re looking forward to an evening of warm companionship in the truest sense of the word, as the very definition of companion is the person with whom you share bread. Buy tickets online.

[image: Axes drawing by Paul Anderson]

Axes and Ohhhhs!

A FUNdraiser for City Lights Theater Company, inspired by the legend of Lizzie Borden

Join us for all or part of the evening’s festivities on Saturday, August 5, 2017:

Cocktails and Dinner (with special ghost appearances) at Fallon House & Garden, 4:30-7 p.m.
Special Performance of LIZZIE, our summer musical, at City Lights. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Post-Show Dance Party at City Lights: 10:15-11:30 p.m. Free event parking at Notre Dame High School!
Tiered pricing from $50 to $150; call 408-295-4200 for details.

Special thanks to History San Jose, and to artist Paul Anderson for our fantastic event image.

Buy your tickets online. Buy by June 15 and get 10% off tickets!