Santa Barbara Bowl Schedule

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The Santa Barbara Bowl is a first-class outdoor amphitheater. It's a local favorite spot for performances of all kinds. Why not plan your next Santa Barbara vacation around an event at The Bowl? See who's on the schedule and buy your SB Bowl tickets here.

Santa Barbara Bowl stage

As soon as new Santa Barbara Bowl events are announced, the schedule will appear below. This schedule is always current, so in the off-season no schedule is visible. For a seating chart & to buy tickets, click the view tickets links in the schedule below.

The Santa Barbara Bowl Box Office does not take phone orders and checks are NOT accepted. All major credit cards and cash ARE accepted.

The way to get lowest price when buying tickets for The Bowl in Santa Barbara is to pay cash, in person, at the Box Office at 1122 North Milpas Street.

Click to download a seating chart for The Bowl. For more information, call the Box Office at 805-962-7411.

Planning Your Evening

Santa Barbara evenings are usually cool. Bring a jacket and maybe a blanket.

Plan to arrive early; at least 90 minutes before the show begins. You've got a 30-minute walk after you park your car to get to your seats. And trying to find a parking place at the last minute is almost impossible. The parking lot fills up early and on-street parking is scarce.

It's much more relaxing to arrive early. The Bowl is a beautiful place to be at sunset. Plan enough time to enjoy dinner at The Bowl. On-site concessions include all types of cuisine: American, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, & Japanese. A variety of beers and local wines are also available on-site. Of course, there's an ATM on site, for those cash emergencies.

No Tailgating Allowed

The last time my husband and I went to a concert at The Bowl, we planned to bring dinner with us, arrive early and relax in our van until showtime. Unfortunately, we discovered that sitting in your car after parking in the high school lot is prohibited.

We were politely rousted by the parking lot attendant. He told us we were not allowed to loiter in our parked vehicle, and directed us to a grassy lawn where we could picnic instead. So, plan accordingly.

Other restrictions include:

  • All Cameras are prohibited. I almost had my smartphone confiscated the last time I was at the Bowl. So take photos at your own risk.
  • Outside food or beverages are prohibited.
  • Factory-sealed, 1.5-liter bottles of water are permitted
  • Concerts are guaranteed to be over by 10 pm.

Follow this link for complete Concert Rules & Regulations.

Directions To Santa Barbara Bowl

The Bowl is located at 1122 North Milpas Street. Google maps will give you a customized route to The Bowl, depending on your location. It probably won't take you more than 30 minutes to get there from anywhere in Santa Barbara. Basic directions are:

From North: Take 101 South to Santa Barbara. Exit Milpas Street NORTH. Merge right on to Milpas Street. Turn away from the ocean.

From South: Take 101 North to Santa Barbara. Exit Milpas Street. Turn right, away from the ocean.

Go toward the mountains on Milpas Street about 1.5 miles. Milpas then turns left and becomes Anapumu Street. The amphitheater is on the right. The parking lot is a block-and-a-half further on Anapumu Street. Parking in the high school parking lot costs $7. Otherwise, park alongside the road. Good luck finding a spot!

About Santa Barbara Bowl

The Santa Barbara Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Built in 1936, it was originally designed to serve as a permanent venue for Old Spanish Days festivities. This intimate setting is now a favorite concert venue for both artists and fans.

The Bowl is a relatively small venue, seating only 4569 concertgoers. It's located in Quail Canyon, a 14-acre canyon chosen for having extraordinary acoustics. There's not a bad seat in the house. Insiders in the music industry sometimes drive from LA to see their favorite musicians in The Bowl's more intimate setting.

The Santa Barbara Bowl is a local treasure. It's worth a trip to Santa Barbara just to see a concert at The Bowl. Check the schedule, find an artist you'd like to see, and buy your tickets today.

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