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School Matinee Program

Every year, thousands of students participate in the School Matinee Program. K-12 students come from throughout the Central Coast to attend live performances at the Performing Arts Center. Presented by the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, and sponsored by generous SLO County businesses, foundations and individuals, the School Matinee Program is offered at zero cost for every school. Every student attends matinees for free.

Presented by:

Additional Sponsors:

Bank of America
California Arts Council
Community Foundation San Luis Obispo
Bert and Candace Forbes
George Hoag Family Foundation
Justin Vineyards & Winery
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
Trust Automation
Robert H. Janssen Youth Fund

More Information

Please note that submitting a reservation request does not guarantee seats to a performance. Reservations are first-come first-served, and we will do our best to accommodate your first or second choice of performance.
There is a 200 seat limit on Early Reservations. To request additional seats, please submit a second form when Open Reservations begin.

Confirmations for Public School requests will be sent via email beginning the week of August 8, 2019. Please call Andrea Castillo at 805-756-7223 with any questions or for further information.

2019-20 Deadlines

Early reservations for public schools begin on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Schools can reserve up to 200 seats at this time. 

Standard reservations for private and homeschools begin on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. 

Open reservations for all schools and additional seating requests begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at which point schools with exceeding reservations may add seats and/or performances. 


Upcoming Matinees

2019-2020 Season

Jake Shimabukuro

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

The Rainbow Fish

Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:30am & 11:30am (BOTH SOLD OUT)

Las Cafeteras

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Joshua Show

Friday, January 24, 2020 
9:30am (SOLD OUT) & 11:30am (limited availability)  *Spanos Theatre

National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 

Jazz Reach, Get Hip

Thursday, February 6, 2020

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Pirates of Penzance

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
11:00am (SOLD OUT)

Call of the Wild

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
9:30am & 11:30am 

Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Suite for Keats

Friday, April 3, 2020
9:30am & 11:30am 

National Geographic Live: Capturing the Impossible

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 
11:00am (SOLD OUT)

Garry Krinksy, Toying with Science

Thursday, May 7, 2020 
9:30am (SOLD OUT) & 11:30am

Thank you for keeping the arts accessible in the lives of our community’s school children!

Ticket Office

Mon-Sat: 12pm-6pm
Sun: Closed


1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407