Dancers performing outside of the PAC

Upcoming Events

September 25, 2021

25th Anniversary Gala

Can you believe it? Fall of 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Performing Arts Center. The 1996-97 inaugural season at the PAC was a truly incredible one. In 25 years-time the PAC has made a huge impact on our community, providing our region with a world-class performance venue where art and culture flourishes.

The Foundation has much in store to celebrate the 25th Anniversary season. Kicking off the 2021-22 season is our 25th Anniversary Gala. Get ready to soar, tumble and of course dance during an event like no other, a Cirque des Artistes gala event.

Be sure to save the date of September 25, 2021. You won’t want to miss the Cirque des Artistes 25thAnniversary Gala as we celebrate SLO’s local artistry, our first 25 years, and the highly anticipated future of our Performing Arts Center!

Past Events

May 15, 2020

"Zoom In" for a Toast with FPAC

The Foundation hosted a toast to the arts and brief dance party with DJ JoJo Lopez on Zoom. This event was held in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local arts community. Arts lovers and community leaders gathered virtually to toast to the future of the performing arts in San Luis Obispo with cocktails created by Sidecar Cocktail Co.

September 7, 2019

Heart of the Arts Gala & Sidecar Loading Dock After Party

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center’s 2019 Heart of the Arts Gala featured an elegant formal dinner on the PAC stage and was followed by a spirited live auction with entertainment and surprises that delighted throughout the evening.

Heart of the Arts Gala
March 24, 2019

4th Annual Swanson Fund Brunch

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center’s fourth annual Swanson Fund Brunch honored Lorilee Silvaggio. As founder of the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, Lori is one of the most influential leaders in the history of the Central Coast’s performing arts community. Lorilee’s tremendous influence is apparent throughout the Central Coast as Lorilee’s former students have gone on to attend Juilliard, perform internationally and open studios of their own. The beloved annual Nutcracker production, introduced by Lorilee, just celebrated its 41styear. The year’s annual Swanson Fund Brunch event was held on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at the Performing Arts Center and featured a look back at Lori’s exceptional career and her enduring legacy. As tribute, dance and storytelling was presented by many of SLO’s most gifted performers.

Lorilee black and white photograph
September 22, 2018

Sidecar Loading Dock Party

The Sidecar Loading Dock Party was held September 22, 2018, on the loading dock at the Performing Arts Center.

This all-inclusive fundraiser featured specialty cocktails crafted by the team at Sidecar Cocktail Co., beer from Firestone Walker Brewing, wine from Tablas Creek Vineyard and Hope Family Wines, live entertainment, dancing, food and a “not-so-silent” auction!

All proceeds of the Sidecar Loading Dock Party supported the Foundation’s arts education programs including the 2018 -19 School Matinee Program which will bring 12,000 students to free performances at the PAC this season.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019 at the next Loading Dock Party!

Loading Dock Party logo 2018
February 25, 2018

Swanson Fund Luncheon 2018

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center held its third annual Swanson Fund Luncheon on Sunday, February 25th at the Performing Arts Center.

The luncheon honored Susan and Tom Davies, an inspiring couple who have spent over 34 years teaching and conducting music on the Central Coast.

The afternoon was equal parts luncheon and variety show, as Susan and Tom Davies’ friends and colleagues took turns paying tribute through music, monologue, and story.

Susan and Tom have devoted their lives to teaching and inspiring music in others. The Foundation was thrilled to share with them the impact of their tireless work.

All proceeds of the luncheon supported the Clifton Swanson Community Access Fund, an initiative that awards grants to local arts groups to subsidize the costs of performing at the PAC. The third annual luncheon was generously underwritten by Lyn Baker.


September 16, 2017

Heart of the Arts Gala and Sidecar Loading Dock Party

The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center held its biennial fundraising event the Heart of the Arts Gala & Sidecar After Party on Saturday, September 16th at the Performing Arts Center.

The Heart of the Arts Gala & Sidecar After Party was a night of fine dining, live music, cocktails, and dancing as attendees celebrated local performing arts and discovered how integral all forms of creativity are to one another.

Dinner was served center stage in Harold Miossi Hall and was followed by an exclusive after party outside under the stars on the PAC loading dock. The after party was sponsored by Sidecar Cocktail Company and emceed by radio personality Adam Montiel.

The Heart of the Arts Gala & Sidecar After Party raised almost $150,000. All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s arts education programs, including the Swanson Fund and the 2017 – 18 School Matinee season. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the arts in San Luis Obispo County.