7991 California Avenue, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
The Fair Oaks Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre was built in 1971 and is owned by the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District. Each year the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival turns this unique facility into a full-fledged theatre for their summer productions.
In 1971, a group of dedicated community volunteers founded the Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre in the heart of the historic Fair Oaks Village. Twelve years later, the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival was founded and the Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre provided the setting for the Theatre under the Stars – a theatre that has become both a community tradition and a regional asset.
This outdoor venue presents its own set of special circumstances. It sometimes compete with helicopters, chickens roosting in nearby trees, and an occasional cat that can’t wait to be a really big star. But along with these small annoyances are the cool breezes on a warm summer evening, the picnicking in the park before the show, and the smell of fresh popped popcorn always available at the snack bar.
The Fair Oaks Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre is one of the last outdoor venues offering live theatre to the public in Sacramento County. The Festival is committed to the preservation of this facility and they developed a plan to remodel the Amphitheatre. Phase I of the project was completed in 2002 with the remodel of the entry lobby and a new ticket booth. Phases II & III, a complex at the rear of the Amphitheatre that houses a snack bar, concession area, control booth, and restrooms, were completed in 2004.