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The DMF's Cultural Arts Committee organizes a wide variety of lectures, concerts and other performances for the community, most of which take place in the Powerhouse Community Center. 

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The popular "First Thursdays" series, which includes a monthly lecture or concert from September through June each year, sells out each year. See below for how to sign up for the wait-list for First Thursdays. The "Bluegrass and Beyond" concert series waslaunched in 2004 with an inaugural performance by acclaimed instrumentalists Todd Phillips, David Grier, Matt Flinner, and Gabe Witcher on January 18, 2004. The series brings nationally-recognized bluegrass and acoustic musicians to the Powerhouse each year.  Past performances include Rob Ickes (15-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year), three-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch, the legendary Desert Rose Band, featuring Byrds founding member (and a Del Mar-area local in his youth) Chris Hillman, and outstanding young bands such as The Barefoot Movement. To see past performances in this series, go here. For the earliest opportunity to buy tickets for Bluegrass and Beyond concerts, sign up for our email list (use the blue box at the top of this page) and be sure to check Bluegrass Concerts as an area of interest.  

Get Involved

Sign up for the DMF email list for information about upcoming cultural arts events (use the signup box at the top), and check the Upcoming Events page regularly to find out about newly scheduled events.                           

The Cultural Arts Committee meets on the Wednesday following each of the First Thursdays events except June, from 8:30-10am in the Powerhouse (upstairs). Interested in getting involved? You are welcome to attend any meeting, or or to let us know of your interest in getting involved by sending an email to

First Thursdays

The 2018-2019 SEASON of
First Thursdays

Please Note:  In the original flyer, the november date was wrong. 
The correct Date (shown below and in the pdf) is November 1.

Click on flyer for pdf.
The Series is now sold out!



Wait List

Each year this popular series sells out quickly. To be added to the wait list for future years, which gives you the earliest opportunity to subscribe, send an email to, and be sure to include your postal mailing address.  Please note that we maintain a wait-list for 92014 residents only.

Current season flyer ( in PDF format):

Please Note:  In the original flyer, the november date was wrong.  The correct Date (shown in the pdf) is November 1.

2018-2019 Program Flyer

Prior First Thursdays season flyers ( in PDF format):

2017-2018 Program Flyer
2016-2017 Program Flyer
2015-2016 Program Flyer

2014-2015 Program Flyer

2013-2014 Program Flyer
2012-2013 Program Flyer
2011-2012 Program Flyer
2010-2011 Program Flyer
2009-2010 Program Flyer
2008-2009 Program Flyer
2007-2008 Program Flyer

For a complete list of all the concerts from 2000 to June 2011 click here.



Driving & Parking Information
Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center

1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA

Driving Directions

  • From I-5, go west on Del Mar Heights Road.
  • Turn right (north) on Camino Del Mar.
  • Turn left (west) on 15th Street.
  • Turn right (north) on Coast Blvd.

Or, from the north:

  • From I-5, go west on Via de la Valle.
  • Turn left (south) on Highway 101.
  • Just after 23rd St., turn right onto Coast Blvd.

The Powerhouse Community Center is on the north end of Powerhouse Park, on the west side of Coast Blvd. Look for the smokestack. The entrance is on the west side of the building.


Parking Options

  • There is a privately-owned parking lot directly across from the Powerhouse (enter from Coast Blvd. just north of the train tracks).  For several years we have been able to negotiate a special rate so that First Thursday ticket holders are given a special rate for the evenings when the concert takes place at the Powerhouse.
  • Metered parking on Coast Blvd. is $3.00/hr.
  • Metered parking is available under the Inn L'Auberge for $1.00 per hour (summer rate of $2.00 per hour starting June 1). Enter from 15th St., west of Camino del Mar and just east of the Post Office.