Live Music in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Bowl

Built by Works Progress Administration (WPA) artisans during the 1930s Great Depression, this naturally beautiful outdoor stone amphitheater has ocean views from the highest cheap seats. Kick back in the sunshine or…
Bowling in Santa Barbara

Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond

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 list and for schedules of open-play lanes and ‘Glow Bowling’…
Theatre in Santa Barbara

Arlington Theatre

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 attend a film-festival screening, and has a series of high-profil…
Live Music in 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 indie rock, jazz, folk and funk to world beats. Some all-ages …
Music in Santa Barbara

Velvet Jones

Long-running downtown punk and indie dive for rock, hip-hop, comedy and 18-plus DJ nights for the city’s college crowd. Many bands stop here between gigs in LA and San Francisco.
Theater in Santa Barbara

Granada Theatre

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-name musicians.
Theater in Santa Barbara

Lobero Theatre

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.