From theaters and parades to musical performances and art galleries, Burlingame arts and culture is a mixture of performance art, traditional fine art and the natural world. With a bevy of art and acting societies, in addition to a well-developed library, there are many opportunities for enjoying art and culture in this small city. Burlingame, California exhibits tend to feature and celebrate local artists and residents and are available all year long.
Burlingame, CA Theaters
Broadway By the Bay
851 Burlway Road, Suite 300, Burlingame, CA 94010
Touted as the best musical theater in the Silicon Valley, Broadway by the Bay acts as a showcase for local talent, engaging and inspiring the community through musicals. With 47 years of history, this theater company produces high-quality shows with affordable tickets. Ticket prices and showtimes vary.
Il Piccolo Players
1219 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010
A group of amateur dramatic actors, the Il Piccolo Players reenact and perform “Old Time Radio” shows. Performing since 2005, the group, directed by Cathy Foxhoven, bases its performances on the original scripts from classic radio shows, including “The Whistler,” “The First Nighter” and “The Shadow.” Family friendly and free, you can catch these shows at Il Piccolo Caffe.
Music at Kohl Mansion
2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
Presenting world-class chamber concerts to community members of all ages, this company turns the historic Kohl Mansion into an interactive music experience. Noted for its renowned artists and performers, Music at Kohl Mansion has celebrated 29 concert seasons. Kohl Mansion is located on Mercy High School’s campus and is a landmark from 1914 with an Elizabethan style Great Hall for performances. Tickets cost $45 for an adult, $42 for seniors and $15 for those 30 years old and younger.
Peninsula Girls Chorus
1443 Howard Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010
Founded by Catherine Doyle in 1994, the Peninsula Girls Chorus started as an organization that served 11 girls and has grown into a 240-member organization. Performing both locally and abroad, the chorus participates in prestigious festivals and offers opportunities for development for its girls. Whether you have a child that wants to join or you’re looking for a performance, the organizations website details upcoming tours and performances as well as ways in which you can get involved.
1212 Donnelly Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, the 1212 Gallery specializes in contemporary art from the mid-20th century to the present time. With a focus on local artists and styles, the gallery features different mediums, from paintings and sculptures to glass, photography and works on paper. If you’re thinking of making an acquisition, whether its your first or fiftieth, 1212, with its rotating exhibits and experienced curator, is a place to see.
Sustainable San Mateo County
177 Bovet Road #600, San Mateo, CA 94402
Dedicated to the long-term health of the county’s environment, economy and social equity, the SSMC works to ignite community involvement by providing timely and accurate information on those topics. Established in 1992 by a group of local citizens, this non-profit has done a lot to educate the community on sustainability. If you would like to donate or volunteer, follow the instructions on the organization’s website.