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Guide to Lompoc’s Arts and Culture Scene

Family walking La Purisima Mission Halls in Lompoc

Lompoc is a small city with a big heart for arts and culture. From the historic La Purisima Mission to the vibrant murals of Old Town, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, and Mexican influences, Lompoc is a captivating destination for history buffs, art enthusiasts, or anyone looking for a unique and enriching experience. Let’s dive into the arts and cultural attractions that make Lompoc a can’t-miss city on California’s Central Coast.

Step Back in Time at La Purisima Mission

The most fully restored and furnished of the 21 California missions, La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is a must-see for anyone visiting Lompoc. Take a free guided tour through the historic buildings led by costumed docents, exploring period-correct buildings and the exquisite craftsmanship of the furniture, tiles, and interior paintings. The docents will also walk you through hands-on activities from life in the 1820s. You can also pick up a self-guided tour map at the visitor center and gift shop to explore on your own.

No matter how you explore it, La Purisima Mission offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s past and is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

Experience the Murals of Lompoc

With depictions of Lompoc’s ethnic diversity, history, flower industry, and scenery, the Murals of Lompoc draw visitors from far and wide. You’ll find dozens of murals in Old Town’s walkable Art Alley, as well as throughout the city on buildings, street corners, and side streets. Download a mural map or pick up a hard copy at the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau to embark on a self-guided tour.

Experience the Local Art Scene

Lompoc is home to a thriving art scene, with galleries and studios showcasing the work of local artists. The mainstay of the Lompoc Valley Art Association, Cypress Gallery features the work of more than 60 local artists. Browse through an array of art media, including watercolor, oils, acrylics, photography, and mixed media. Whether you’re looking to add to your art collection or find a unique gift, Cypress Gallery offers a diverse selection of fine art that captures the beauty and talent of the local community.

Certain Sparks Music is a music store, music school, and recording studio located in an historic building Old Town Lompoc. There, you’ll find local musicians buying books, records, instruments and equipment on the main floor, and jamming up in the loft.

Enjoy Live Music and Performances

Experience the magic of live music with the Lompoc Pops Orchestra. Originally formed in 1997, the orchestra has grown into a full symphonic ensemble, delighting both locals and visitors with their classical and pops concerts. Through music education programs and regional performances, the Lompoc Pops Orchestra has become a cherished cultural institution, offering a delightful musical experience for all.

Explore the Museums and Historical Sites

Step inside the Lompoc Museum and immerse yourself in exhibits showcasing the rich heritage of the Chumash Indians, a re-creation of old Lompoc storefronts, and artifacts that tell the story of the city’s development, including the flower industry. The museum provides a fascinating journey through time, giving visitors a deeper understanding of Lompoc’s cultural roots.

Experience Lompoc life in the Victorian era with a visit to the Fabing-McKay-Spanne House. Built in 1875, the house is the first two-story home in Lompoc. Stop in to explore on Mondays, Thursdays, and the fourth Saturday of every month.

The Artesia School Museum is a fully restored and furnished one-room schoolhouse that offers a glimpse into the past. It’s open to the public on the fourth Saturday of every month.

If a number of historic sites in Lompoc are on your agenda, consider taking the self-guided Heritage Walk tour. The one-mile stroll through Old Town Lompoc features 18 stops including the Andrew L. Huyck House, the Italian Stone Pines and more!

Relive Mid-Century Style in Old Town

As the sun sets, Old Town comes to life with the help of Lompoc’s collection of vintage neon signs! Located at a number of local businesses, these lovingly restored art pieces evoke nostalgia and make the perfect place to snap a selfie.

Support Local Artists and Businesses

When you visit Lompoc, be sure to support the local artists and businesses. Purchase art from the galleries, enjoy a meal at a locally owned restaurant, or stay in one of our locally-owned and operated hotels. By supporting local businesses, you’re helping to keep the arts and culture scene in Lompoc alive and thriving.

Here are some additional tips for planning your visit:

Lompoc offers a vibrant arts and culture scene that beautifully showcases its unique blend of influences and history. From exploring the architectural wonders of La Purisima Mission to enjoying live symphonic performances by the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, there is something for every art lover in Lompoc. The Cypress Gallery and the captivating Murals of Lompoc provide further avenues to immerse yourself in the local art scene. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Lompoc Museum and gain insight into the city’s rich cultural heritage. When you visit Lompoc, prepare to be captivated by its artistic treasures and the warm embrace of its cultural tapestry.

Plan your trip to Lompoc today and indulge in an unforgettable arts and culture experience on California’s central coast!

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