Held every Sunday year-round and on Saturdays of major holiday weekends, the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show highlights more than 200 of the amazing local artists and artisans who call Santa Barbara home. From original drawings and paintings to sculptures, pottery and photography, nearly every medium of art is represented here. The show lines Cabrillo Boulevard betweenStearns Wharf and Calle Cesar Chavez, making it the perfect weekend outing by the beach for families vacationing in Santa Barbara.
HISTORY OF THE SANTA BARBARA ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
The Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show was established in 1965 as a way for local artists to display their work. This piece of living history was inspired by sidewalk art shows in Europe, as well as the “Jardin del Arte” in Mexico City. Today, it provides visitors with an incredible opportunity to peruse one-of-a-kind, handmade treasures created by local Santa Barbara artists while also enjoying the beauty of the destination. Soak up the sunshine as you walk and explore the hundreds of pop-ups sharing beautiful keepsakes and handmade items, which make wonderful gifts and Santa Barbara memorabilia.
ADMISSION & HOURS
Admission to the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show is free. The show begins at 10 a.m. and ends around dusk. Artisans will begin packing up their tents and tables as it gets dark.
HOW TO GET TO THE SANTA BARBARA ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Coming from the south, exit Cabrillo Boulevard off the 101 freeway. Take Cabrillo Boulevard toward State Street, and you will begin to see the artist tents along the sidewalk on your left side. Street parking is available along Cabrillo Boulevard or in the multiple public lots near State Street, Stearns Wharf and East Beach.
Coming from the north, exit the 101 freeway at Castillo Street, and turn right toward the ocean. Turn left onto Cabrillo Boulevard and head toward State Street. Street parking will be available on your right, as well as in the public lots along State Street, Cabrillo Boulevard and Stearns Wharf.
Public parking is free all day on Sundays. Every other day, public parking is free for the first 75 minutes, and then $1.25 every hour after that.