The Santa Barbara Bowl, carved in the hillside of the south-facing section of coastline in Santa Barbara, began in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project and was built for the Old Spanish Days - Fiesta. The Santa Barbara Bowl amphitheater hosts events like the Annual Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival and Freestyle Expression, along with popular musical acts like Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Arctic Monkeys and Rise Against. In 1994, the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation was given responsibility for the amphitheater. The non-profit organization began raising money for capital projects and educational outreach programs for local youth. The best Santa Barbara Bowl tickets are available at StubHub.
What is the Santa Barbara Bowl's seating capacity?
The amphitheater can seat 4,562 people.
Where are the best Santa Barbara Bowl seats located?
Seating that's directly across from the stage, like those in sections B, E, H and L offer the best views of the performance. Upper-level seating can also offer desirable views of the stage, you just won't be able to make out as much detail at the higher elevation. Some fans prefer seating in the Founders Row sections as they offer some of the best concert views with their close proximity to the stage. Sections T, U and V are the closest of those seats on the pavilion floor. Sections P, R and S are also said to provide excellent views as their seats are right at stage height. Preferred seating also provides great views as their elevation allows fans to see most areas of the stage.
Is there parking nearby?
There is limited accessible parking on-site at the Santa Barbara High School parking lot which is approximately 200 yards from the entrance of the bowl. The spaces customarily sell out before each event, and they accept cash only on-site. If all spaces are taken for a Santa Barbara Bowl event, guests can be dropped off on Milpas in front of the Dreier Box Office and from there take a complimentary shuttle to the venue. Reserving parking spaces at the box office in advance is recommended. Guests who need reserved handicapped parking should also contact the box office to reserve their space.
What food and drink items are offered at the bowl?
The concessions offered by the Santa Barabara Bowl has something for everyone. You can enjoy classics like barbeque sandwiches, beer bratwursts, hot dogs, chili dogs and pizza. For those with different dietary styles, there are also organic salads, cheese plates, Mediterranean platters and more. There is also a wide assortment of snacks offered along with coffee, tea, soda, water, beer and wine.
Is there wheel-chair friendly seating available?
Yes, there are 36 accessible seats in the amphitheater in sections W1 and W2.
Are cameras allowed?
Permission to record is left to the individual artist so it's a good idea to check the event listing for details on what the artist has approved. Unless otherwise stated, no recording using audio, photography or video equipment is allowed.Back to Top
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