Music Venues

The sound of music can be heard all year long in Santa Barbara. At clubs, restaurants and nightspots, you can sip a glass of wine or a cocktail, order a meal, or simply come to listen to musicians — from homegrown singer-songwriters to world-acclaimed ensembles — as they offer up rock, pop, world, blues, jazz, folk and other genres.

Theaters in town and on local campuses also play host to a lively event-filled calendar of visiting orchestras, singers, and musicians.

The warmer months promise a special seasonal bounty of tuneful listening, as bands take to the parks and other public spaces, providing open-air concerts that are family-friendly and often free of charge.

In addition, from April through October, major headliners of every musical genre — from country to jazz, reggae to rock, indy pop to mariachi, folk to… you name it — bring their talents to Santa Barbara’s historic outdoor amphitheater, the Santa Barbara Bowl. Nestled into a hillside, this cherished 5,000-seat bowl is a favorite stop on many celebrity musicians’ tours.

Classical music fans have their own summer festival from mid-June through mid-August, when promising young artists join faculty and visiting musicians in orchestras, chamber groups, and solo concerts. Open to the public, too, are the master classes for every instrument, as well as for singers who perform in scenes and fully-staged operas. Evening and weekend concerts take place in downtown theaters and at the lushly landscaped Music Academy of the West, a Montecito estate where pre-performance picnics are a delicious treat.

Featured Music Venues in Santa Barbara


Music Academy of the West

2018 SUMMER FESTIVAL AT THE MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST June 18-August 11 The 71st annual festival includes 200 performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera…

Granada Theatre

A local landmark for almost a century, The Granada Theatre is the central coast’s premier performing arts venue.  Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara, The Granada is home to Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street…

Santa Barbara Bowl

Nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara, The Santa Barbara Bowl was built in 1936 with WPA funding and served as a community gathering venue for decades. Then came Rock & Roll and live shows and fans. Now the SB Bowl hosts up to 37 popular…

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