Built in 1936 for Old Spanish Days Fiesta, the Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,500-seat amphitheater, located on the Santa Barbara Riviera. The amphitheater is open for concerts from approximately April through approximately October with an average of about 27 concerts per season, primarily popular music concerts. Since 1991, the Santa Barbara Bowl has been managed by the not-for-profit Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation.

Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation

The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation actively strives to create the leading outdoor performing arts center in the country. Dedicated community volunteers lead the charge in achieving this goal through pursuing the following major initiatives:

  • Facility Enhancement - Amplify the comfort and enjoyment of patrons and artists by continually enhancing Santa Barbara Bowl facilities and establishing long-term funding sources for ongoing maintenance and repairs.
  • Performance Diversity - Purposefully and continually broaden the musical spectrum of Santa Barbara Bowl performances as a reflection of patrons' diverse communities and interests.
  • Community Outreach - Provide support and funding for performing arts education in the Santa Barbara community.

Photos from audience by Tricia and John Wardlaw. Photos from stage by David Bazemore