Founded in 1833, Oberlin is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Its Conservatory of Music and its art museum have secured Oberlin’s reputation for artistic excellence. For those who live within driving distance of Oberlin, it is a haven for the performing and visual arts and a citadel for the life of the mind.

Each year we present a range of intellectual voices and artistic and performance visionaries through the Artist Recital Series, Convocation Series, and our opera theater, theater, and dance productions. Additionally, the Allen Memorial Art Museum enriches the community’s educational and cultural life.

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Artist Recital Series

Friday, September 1, 2023 to Friday, May 31, 2024

Oberlin's 2023-24 series continues the legacy of presenting celebrated musical artists with six concerts that will shine a spotlight on the contributions of women musicians and composers.

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Finney Chapel

Additional Series

Black History Month

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 to Tuesday, February 28, 2023
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson laid the groundwork for Black History Month by establishing the first Negro History Week, an event dedicated to celebrating the history, politics, and culture of Black people.

Commencement Celebrations Calendar

Friday, May 19, 2023 to Monday, May 22, 2023
Oberlin is planning a weekend of celebrations for the Class of 2023 and their families, culminating with Commencement on Monday, May 22. Please note that some meals and performances require tickets...

Dance 2023–24 Season

Friday, September 1, 2023
Dance happens all over Oberlin’s campus, as a part of everyday life, in site-specific work, and in faculty-choreographed productions and student-run performances. Dance at Oberlin integrates...

Homecoming 2023 Calendar

Friday, September 29, 2023 to Sunday, October 1, 2023
Join us Homecoming Weekend for a celebration of all things Oberlin! Enjoy concerts and live performances, Illumination on Tappan Square, sporting events, art exhibits, open houses and campus tours,...

Oberlin Improv Fest 2023

Thursday, March 2, 2023 to Saturday, March 4, 2023
The Oberlin Improv Fest 2023 is a three-day celebration of improvised music. Festival events encompass a panel discussion, workshops, presentations, and performances by returning alumni and guest artists as well as Oberlin faculty and students.

Opera 2023–24 Season

Friday, September 1, 2023 to Friday, May 31, 2024
Oberlin Opera has long been synonymous with excellence. Staging two major productions with orchestra each year, Oberlin Opera often challenges the operatic norm, and its performances have received critical acclaim.

Theater 2023–24 Season

Thursday, August 31, 2023
We pride ourselves on cultivating a dynamic and supportive theater culture that encourages experimentation, collaboration, and the creation of new connections across fields. New forms of community...