Group of people clapping and cheering after music performance.

Santa Barbara is a city where music reigns supreme. From the hidden hillside wonderland that is the Santa Barbara Bowl, to free shows from the Santa Barbara Ukulele Club at the wharf near Hotel Milo, there are always tunes to take in. Here’s where to find the best Santa Barbara concerts and festivals this summer.

The Summer Solstice Celebration

June 23-25th

The Summer Solstice Celebration Santa Barbara is the perfect way to kick off the season, with nearly one hundred vendors selling food, arts and crafts. A giant drum circle, parade, and concerts take place throughout various Santa Barbara parks during this exciting weekend.

Slightly Stoopid w/ Stick Figure & Pepper

June 24th

Renowned jam band, the locally-grown Slightly Stoopid will perform one of the Santa Barbara Bowl’s earlier shows this summer, with excellent, seasoned guest acts in Stick Figure and Pepper. Fans of reggae, and rock will enjoy. Santa Barbara Bowl. 1122 N Milpas St.

Patti Labelle

July 27th

The Godmother of Soul, Patti LaBelle will bring over 50 years of musical prestige to the nearby Chumash Casino this summer. The mastermind behind the disco sensation “Lady Marmalade,” Labelle has stacked up the hits and love over the years, making her a can’t-miss artist.

Jackson Browne

August 3rd

Jackson Browne is one of the most renowned living songwriters, and he’s touring his greatest hits and deepest cuts. Make sure to catch him at the incomparably gorgeous Santa Barbara Bowl to catch jams like “Running On Empty,” and “Somebody’s Baby,” and so many more. Santa Barbara Bowl. 1122 N Milpas St.

David Byrne

August 24th

What a better way to close out a summer of great concerts at Santa Barbara, and at the Bowl, than with a show from Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne? The energetic, quirky, and downright brilliant performer will share hits from his days with the Heads, as well as from his new album.  Santa Barbara Bowl. 1122 N Milpas St.