Arts and Performance in Santa Barbara
Are you in the mood to sing along to country classics, jam to new pop music or laugh until you cry? Then Santa Barbara is the place to be! With a strong arts culture, Santa Barbara offers a variety of great performing venues. When you visit the area, enjoy a performance at the Lobero Theatre or Santa Barbara Bowl!
Originally an opera house, Lobero Theatre was founded in 1873 and converted to a theatre in the early 1920s. The theatre sports a Spanish Colonial Revival style, designed by architects George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs. Lobero Theatre still stands as a prominent historic building today, continuing to host events on more than 250 days each year. Upcoming performances at the theatre include the Santa Barbara youth Symphony Spring Concert on May 13, and Les Miserables on May 19 and 20.
Santa Barbara Bowl
Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat outdoor amphitheater originally built in 1936. Open April through October, the Bowl hosts over 25 concerts each season. Upcoming May performances include Brad Paisley with special guest Ellen DeGeneres on May 12, Katy Perry on May 19 and comedian Jim Gaffigan on May 25. For complete concert details, visit the Santa Barbara Bowl official website. Tickets prices depend on the performer and the date of the performance. If you plan on visiting the Bowl this May, don’t wait much longer to purchase your tickets!
Hotels Near Santa Barbara Event Centers
If you plan on catching a classic at the Lobero Theatre, book a stay at the equally elegant Inn at East Beach. This beautiful boutique property offers an outdoor pool, stylish furniture and on-site bike rentals. At Inn at East Beach, you will stay well- and well within your budget! For those of you attending a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl, consider staying at the Spanish Garden Inn. With its fresh foliage and bright art, you’ll feel like you never left the beautiful outdoor scene of the concert!
WHERE TO STAY
Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546
Spanish Garden Inn
A stylish boutique hotel surrounded by fresh foliage and adorned with hand-painted art. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.564.4700