Each season Caltech Campus Programs presents several series of events aimed at different interests and age groups. The current season's series are described below.
Select a series title to see a list of upcoming events for that series.
Named for the late Earnest C. Watson, who founded the series in 1922, these lectures feature speakers from Caltech and JPL, speaking on their cutting-edge research. No tickets or reservations are required. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the Watson Lecture Series has expanded to nine lectures annually. Many past Watson Lectures are available for viewing online on YouTube or on Caltech's iTunes U site.Download the PDF of the 2018-2019 brochure
Named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and presented by JPL's Communications and Education Directorate, these lectures bring the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies to both JPL employees and the local community. Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL's Theodore von Kármán Auditorium, and Friday lectures take place in Caltech's Ramo Auditorium. Both start at 7:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for all lectures, no reservations are required.
Caltech manages JPL for NASA.
Each season Caltech Campus Programs presents performing arts events ranging from theater and music to dance and comedy in various venues on campus; many of these events feature world-renowned artists. Tickets are required.
School-Day Programs: Performing Arts Series
This series of science programs features high-definition films, followed by discussions with Caltech scientists. Designed for school groups grades 5 to 12, these programs are held on various Friday mornings throughout the school year.
To learn how your school can participate, call (626) 395-6059 or email Mary Herrera. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for certain school districts through the generosity of our donors.
Artistic talent on the Caltech campus in showcased by a wide variety of performing groups from Caltech Performing and Visual Arts: the Caltech-Occidental Jazz and Concerts Bands, the Caltech-Occidental Orchestra, Men's and Women's Glee Clubs, Student Chamber Music Ensembles, and Theater Arts at Caltech.
Since 1981, the Pasadena Folk Music Society—until 2013 called the Caltech Folk Music Society—has brought performers of acoustic music from around the world to perform at Caltech. The music ranges from bluegrass bands and British Isles music to blues and Nueva canción. Tickets are required.
From school-day shows for student groups and families to remarkable summer evening concerts, from rock-climbing film festivals to Caltech's annual Commencement ceremony, special events occur throughout the year.