Must-see entertainment in Santa Barbara County

  • Santa Barbara Bowl

    Santa Barbara

    Built by Works Progress Administration (WPA) artisans during the 1930s Great Depression, this naturally beautiful outdoor stone amphitheater has ocean…

  • Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond

    Santa Barbara

    With over 40 beers on tap, pool tables and a video arcade (Skee-Ball!), this bowling alley near UCSB is good ol’ family fun. Call ahead to get on the wait…

  • Arlington Theatre

    Santa Barbara

    Harking back to 1931, this Mission Revival–style movie palace has a Spanish courtyard and a star-spangled ceiling. It’s a drop-dead gorgeous place to…

  • Soho

    Santa Barbara

    One unpretentious brick room plus live music almost nightly equals Soho, upstairs inside a downtown office complex behind McDonald’s. Lineups range from…

  • Granada Theatre

    Santa Barbara

    This beautifully restored 1930s Spanish Moorish–style theater is home to the city’s symphony, ballet and opera, as well as touring Broadway shows and big…

  • Lobero Theatre

    Santa Barbara

    One of California’s oldest theaters (founded in 1873) presents modern dance, chamber music, jazz and world-music touring acts and stand-up comedy nights.

  • Chumash Casino Resort

    Santa Ynez Valley

    Drive east on Hwy 246 from Solvang to find its vice-minded doppelganger, where the slots are plentiful, the cocktails watery and the cigarette smoke so…