July 28 - August 12, 2018

“The Festival is a chance to hear one of the finest orchestras anywhere, magically materializing on our shores for two blazing weeks… expect fireworks for the ears!” —Good Times Weekly
Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary composers for an inspired gathering that offers a musical experience like no other. This season, Music Director Cristi Măcelaru summons voices from around the globe and across diverse cultural backgrounds to present 18 contemporary works that reflect the human spirit and the stories we tell, the grandeur of the planet, and the vastness of the cosmos. Cabrillo Festival delivers spectacular musicianship coupled with a warm and welcoming environment for listeners at all levels, plus that famously special Santa Cruz vibe. It’s a rare thrill, and you’re invited!

So much is new in 2018!

  • New pay-what-you-can Community Night! This new event spotlights our wonderful musicians, and proves just how fun new music can be. Invite some friends and make a night of it!
  • Earlier concert times—our evening concerts now begin at 7pm!
  • New $20 Youth tickets—invite your favorite young person, and inspire a future Festival fan! (for ages 6-25)
All events take place at the Civic Auditorium. Programs are subject to change. No children under age six will be admitted to concerts, with the exception of the Free Family Concert. Audio and video recording is not allowed at Cabrillo Festival concerts or rehearsals. Please review General Event Policies for exclusions. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. ID required to claim Will Call tickets.
Wheelchair Accessible and Accessible Companion seats are available for all price zones in the orchestra floor seating.
All service charges, taxes and fees are included in the prices shown.