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Steamers Jazz Club & Café

Now in its 18th year, Steamers Jazz Club & Café is located at 138 W. Commonwealth Ave. in downtown Fullerton.

With its wonderful menu of hot drinks (“steamers”) as well as cold beverages and tasty food, Steamers is a great place to just hang out and enjoy the live musical performances of a wide variety of contemporary jazz artists. The club opened in 1995 and has been a focal point of the SoCo (South of Commonwealth) district ever since, as well as a happenin’ place for live jazz. An outdoor patio was later constructed, giving yet another dimension to this nightspot.

Steamers was also the site of RagFest 2000, the very first Orange County/Fullerton ragtime music festival, and has been headquarters for every RagFest since. When the Orange County Ragtime Society was born in late 2001, Steamers was again selected as the primary meeting place. The venue’s fine stage, beautiful grand piano and wonderful sound system all guarantee that listeners will be in for a real treat when enjoying the live musical performances that RagFest has to offer.

Steamers Jazz Club Website

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton

Commissioned for $35,000, the Muckenthaler home was built by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler in 1924 atop a hill in Fullerton. The 18-room villa and its 8.5 acres were donated to the city in 1965 by Harold Muckenthaler, who wished to see his childhood home used as a cultural center for the public to enjoy. In 1999, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center was included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now in its 47th year, “the Muck,” as it’s informally known, produces more than 100 performances, gallery exhibits and classes every year and serves more than 30,000 people. The site also hosts more than 75 weddings and corporate events annually. In 2008, the Muck won the Best Historic Site and Best Cultural Center awards from O.C. Parenting magazine. In 2009, the Muck received the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce’s Quality of Life award for best non-profit organization in the city, and in 2010, the Muckenthaler Center received the award for Arts Program of the Year from Arts Orange County.

The Muckenthaler’s mission is to provide the public with experiences that stimulate creativity and imagination while conserving the heritage and architecture of the Muckenthaler estate. Its vision is a celebration of the human spirit through the arts.

Muckenthaler Website

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