Established in 1965 and officially sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department since 1966, the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show is an incredible opportunity to peruse one-of-a-kind, handmade treasures created by local Santa Barbara County-based artisans. This piece of living history was inspired by sidewalk art shows in Europe, as well as the “Jardin del Arte” in Mexico City. Taking place every Sunday year-round, and Saturdays of major holiday weekends, the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show highlights amazing local talent and is a fun, outdoor, family-friendly activity. Soak up the sunshine as you walk and explore the hundreds of pop-ups sharing beautiful keepsakes for sale. The show is located on Cabrillo Boulevard between Stearns Wharf and Calle Cesar Chavez. You can expect over 200 Santa Barbara County residents displaying their original work, and feel free to chat up the artists to learn more about their process. The show is now the only continuous arts festival of original drawings, paintings, sculpture, pottery, crafts and photography in the world. Many visitors find themselves returning to purchase more pieces from their favorite artists, year after year. These handmade items make for wonderful gifts and Santa Barbara memorabilia.
Admission & Hours
Admission to the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show is free, and make sure to stop by between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and dusk. Artisans will begin packing up their tents and tables as it gets dark.
Parking & Directions
Coming from the south, exit Cabrillo Boulevard off the 101 freeway. Take Cabrillo Boulevard towards 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 towards the ocean. Turn left onto Cabrillo Boulevard and head towards 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 for the first 75 minutes, and then $1.25 for every hour after that. Public parking is free all day on Sundays.