If you like your drama on stage, there are a handful of theater companies that call the area home. The Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre presents productions that range from classic to contemporary during their season (October through March). You'll find popular favorites (from theatrical productions to live music) presented on stage at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center. For something more interactive, the murder mystery dinner at the Sierra Classic Theatre is a popular annual tradition.
There's also on-screen action. You'll find Hollywood blockbusters and new releases at the Minaret Cinemas in the shopping center on Old Mammoth Road.
Museums and historical sites in the Mammoth Lakes area pay tribute to the development of the region and life in the Old West. Explore the area's cultural heritage and learn more about the old gold-mining days at several locations in Mammoth Lakes.
The Hayden Cabin, located on the grassy banks of Mammoth Creek, offers a peek into a historic log cabin featuring mining implements and displays, photographs and intriguing memorabilia from the area's early decades.
Bodie Ghost Town is the largest unrestored ghost town in the West. Bodie features weathered buildings, a museum and a visitor center.
There's also the Mammoth Ski Museum, which documents the sport's rich history through art, memorabilia and ephemera.
Art lovers will find a variety of options to view (and/or purchase) photography, paintings and drawings from artists working locally and nationally at galleries in Mammoth Lakes. The Mammoth Gallery is home to all art works of almost every medium. Stunning outdoor photography can be found at the Vern Clevenger Gallery. You can find more local artists and art-centric events via the Mono Council for the Arts.
Festivals in Mammoth Lakes are even more inspiring thanks to the majestic surroundings of the Sierra Nevada. You'll find music and art festivals galore during the warmer months. Throughout the year there are big events featuring music, hand crafted art, locally made goods and photography. Summer brings jazz in July with the Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee. Each August, Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts Festival hosts over thirty fine artists exhibiting a variety of work.
August is the area's busiest for events, including the Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza, Mammoth Food & Wine Experience, classical music with the Sierra Summer Festival, chamber music with the Mammoth Music Festival and the Felici Piano Trio presented by Chamber Music Unbound and Mammoth Rocks / Taste of the Sierra.
During the Mammoth Festival (Wine, Music and Food) you can enjoy culinary delights from some of Mammoth Lakes' finest restaurants, sample wine from California's most noted wineries and listen to music while perusing fine arts and crafts. The Labor Day Festival of the Arts features local and visiting artists selling one-of-a-kind items like jewelry, pottery, paintings, glass, photographs and more.
Holiday time welcomes the Night of Lights, Christmas celebration concerts, Village at Mammoth Tree Lighting and the Town of Mammoth Lakes Holiday Tree Lighting.
Whatever type of arts and culture you enjoy, here are some additional places where you can find local art, music and more!
Big Woolly Mammoth Tattoo & Art Gallery - 760-709-0202
Blue Bird Imaging- 760-924-0316
Bodie State Park - 760-647-6445
Cerro Coso Community College - 760-934-2875
Mammoth Gallery - 760-934-4911/ 760-934-6120
Mammoth Lakes Arts Center - 760-934-1900
Mammoth Lakes Foundation - 760-934-3781
Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre - 760-934-6592
MammothMuseum/Hayden Cabin - 760-934-6918 Summer months only
Minaret Cinemas -760-934-3131
Mono Council forthe Arts -760-873-7242
Mono Councilfor the Arts Gallery - 760-937-1810
Paisley FineArt & Framing - 760-924-2400
Sierra Classic Theatre
The Galleryat Twin Lakes - 760-924-7300 Summer months only
Chamber Music Unbound - 760 934 7015