While Santa Barbara offers plenty of activities and restaurants to keep you more than busy on your vacation, there’s nothing quite like live music. From the famous Santa Barbara Bowl to unsuspecting local theatres, we’ve rounded up the best places to see a concert in the city. Be sure to check them out before booking your next trip!

Santa Barbara Bowl

The Santa Barbara Bowl is the city’s premier concert venue. As the largest and most famous of all the places on our list, any show here is sure to be legendary. From the historic feel of the natural stone amphitheatre to the newly installed upper patio with one of the best views in town, this is the ultimate spot for live music. We highly recommend taking a look at the event calendar before any trip to SB!

Santa Barbara Bowl. 1122 N. Milpas St. 805 962 7411.


SOhO Restaurant and Music Club on upper State Street is a great combination of restaurant, bar and music venue. With both a back lounge for cocktails and outdoor patio seating, you could spend an entire evening here from dinner to late-night dancing. This spot also does a great job of booking local artists, so be sure to take a look at the upcoming events to get a true Santa Barbara show.

Soho Restaurant & Music Club. 1221 State St. #205. 805 962 7776.

Velvet Jones

Velvet Jones on lower State Street is the perfect place around which to center your plans for an evening out on the town. Conveniently located near all the busiest bars and restaurants, this spot is where you go to rock. Typically booking artists in the rock and reggae persuasions, the spot beckons good times every week. .

Velvet Jones. 423 State St. 805 965 8676.

Campbell Hall

As a very underrated venue in Santa Barbara, we included Campbell Hall on our list because of its cultural and artistic significance in town. Booking artists of every genre and nationality, the calendar here is packed with concerts that will bring the world to your seat. As part of the UCSB Arts & Lectures program, this is also a great place to attend film premieres, special guest talks and more!

Campbell Hall. Building 538 University of California, Santa Barbara. 805 893 3535.

The Arlington

With increasing popularity each year, The Arlington Theatre is quickly becoming a go-to spot for locals looking to attend intimate concerts featuring popular, noteworthy artists. Previously known as the place to go for movie premiers or the occasional ballet, this historic venue now features hot-ticket shows every season. On your next trip to Santa Barbara, be sure to check the website to see if any of your favorites might be in town!

The Arlington Theatre. 1317 State St. 805 963 4408.