Image of audiences at the Santa Barbara Bowl music festival

Located up in the hills overlooking the city, the Santa Barbara Bowl is one of the most gorgeous and otherworldly venues in the world. It’s large enough to attract big name artists, but small enough and constructed in a way that makes the shows feel intimate and private.

From a little insight into the look and feel of the beloved music venue to a peak at its programming, this is our breakdown of what’s great about the Santa Barbara Bowl.

The Look

The amphitheatre is high above the city, with a stage centered before a crowd that stretches up a hill, and overlooks a gorgeous treescape, the orange roofs of Santa Barbara’s old adobe buildings, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. During the sunlight, it’s simply breathtaking. As the night sky takes over, it provides an immersive place to enjoy the best musicians to come through Santa Barbara.

Past Shows

Every year, the Santa Barbara Bowl impresses with a number of great concerts. Already this year, the venue has hosted iconic local pop star Katy Perry, Tom Jones, War with special guests George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Sugarland, and Slightly Stupid.

Upcoming Shows

Those of you who haven’t made it out to the Santa Barbara Bowl yet this year need not worry, there are still a number of great names left on the slate.

On August 3rd, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Jackson Browne will stop by to perform hits like “Running On Empty,” as well as newer tracks. The month of August will also see the 23rd Annual Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival (a truly one-of-a-kind show), as well as concerts with Bon Iver, Gustavo Dudamel, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Jack White, and David Byrne.

The September programming is also quite exciting. The month will start off with a show on the 9th from reggae band Rebelution with special guests Stephen Marley and Common. Leon Bridges, Jason Mraz, Miguel, and Alanis Morissette are among the other big names slated for the bowl this spring.