Santa Barbara Bowl

Santa Barbara Bowl

Santa Barbara Bowl History

Located in breathtaking Santa Barbara, California, this is a venue that is never lacking in major shows on its calendar from one year to the next, which is why it's always a good idea to hit the road and see a highly anticipated show that you know you want to be a part of. The Santa Barbara Bowl has hosted the biggest concerts along the Central Coast of California since it first opened in 1936, helping make it somewhat of an icon of the entertainment scene in the process as locals and visitors alike continue to turn up on a regular basis. Built to be part of the Old Spanish Days Fiesta as host of the final pageant, the original wooden stage was destroyed by El Nino in the late-1930s, though that didn't stop the Santa Barbara Bowl from replacing the stage and continuing to bring great musicians to town.

At this point, generations of music lovers have been heading out to the Santa Barbara Bowl, which also had a major renovation recently to help make it the perfect combination of yesterday's tradition and modern amenities. That's exactly why some of the top artists around always seem to be popping up on the schedule, solidifying it as the place to be in Santa Barbara if you're looking for one of your favorite bands.


Santa Barbara Bowl Events

This is just one of those places that is always setting up for one amazing show or another, following in the tradition that dates back nearly 80 years. Acts like Jason Mraz, Radiohead, New Order, Jack Johnson, Bryan Ferry, Journey, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, and many others have played at the Santa Barbara Bowl and each year more and more world class headliners take the stage at the venue. These days, the schedule is filled with artists like Arcade Fire, Lorde, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and plenty of other top-tier musicians as well. Once you're there in the middle of a great concert, you'll definitely be glad that you're not anywhere else.


Santa Barbara Bowl Trivia

Did you know that the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation provides funding for local art education?

When you come out to see a big show at Santa Barbara Bowl, the Foundation has ensured that you're doing more than just seeing a great musician, as you're also contributing to the advancement of art education and helping the next generation of local artists.


Santa Barbara Bowl Experience

Nestled in between the mountains and the ocean, Santa Barbara is renowned for its scenic beauty and for its culture, though it also helps to have an iconic music venue like the Santa Barbara Bowl. The Santa Barbara Bowl seats 4,562 guests, which musicians and fans alike have realized is the absolutely perfect size for a great show. It has been one of the premiere concert venues in California for years and regularly attracts concert-goers from neighboring cities, not to mention from around the country. The calendar is loaded with options and the atmosphere is sure to be an amazing one, giving you plenty of reasons to snag a few seats and make it happen.

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