The Central Coast

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  • 1. Old Spanish Days Fiesta

    Festivals

    The city celebrates its Spanish, Mexican, and Chumash heritage in early August with events that include music, dancing, an all-equestrian parade...Read More

  • 2. Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    Festivals

    The 12-day festival in late January and early February attracts film enthusiasts and major stars to downtown venues for screenings, panels,...Read More

  • 3. Arlington Theatre

    Arts Centers

    This Moorish-style auditorium presents touring performers and films throughout the year. ...Read More

  • 4. Center Stage Theatre

    Arts Centers

    This venue hosts plays, music, dance, and readings. ...Read More

  • 5. Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)

    Theater

    The company stages classic and contemporary comedies, musicals, and dramas. ...Read More

  • 6. Festival Mozaic

    Festivals

    The festival celebrates five centuries of classical music during popular concert series held intermittently from mid-summer to early spring. ...Read More

  • 7. I Madonnari

    Festivals

    Artists of all ages create 150 large-scale pastel drawings on the pavement near the Old Mission steps during an Italian street painting festival...Read More

  • 8. Libbey Park

    Concerts

    On Wednesday evenings in summer, all-American music played by the Ojai Band draws crowds to Libbey Park in downtown Ojai. ...Read More

  • 9. Lobero Theatre

    Theater

    A state landmark, the Lobero hosts community theater groups and touring professionals. ...Read More

  • 10. Music Academy of the West

    Music

    The academy presents orchestral, chamber, and operatic works every summer. ...Read More

  • 11. Ojai Music Festival

    Festivals

    Since 1947, this early-June festival has attracted internationally known progressive and traditional musicians for outdoor concerts in Libbey Park. ...Read More

  • 12. Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo

    Arts Centers

    A truly great performance space, the center hosts live theater, dance, and music. ...Read More

  • 13. San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre

    Theater

    SLO County's only nonprofit, fully professional theater group presents dramas, musicals, readings, and other performances year-round....Read More

  • 14. Santa Barbara Bowl

    Concerts

    Built in 1936 and recently renovated to meet the highest standards of visiting musicians, the 4,500-seat Bowl attracts world-class entertainers...Read More

  • 15. Solvang Festival Theater

    Theater

    Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts presents crowd-pleasing musicals like A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Million Dollar...Read More

  • 16. Summer Solstice Celebration

    Festivals

    More than 100,000 revelers celebrate the arts at this mid-June event whose highlight is a huge parade of costumed participants who dance, drum...Read More

  • 17. The Granada Theatre

    Theater

    A restored, modernized landmark that dates from 1924, the Granada hosts Broadway touring shows and dance, music, and other cultural events. ...Read More

  • 18. Vina Robles Amphitheatre

    Concerts

    At this 3,300-seat, Mission-style venue with good food, wine, and sight lines, you can enjoy acclaimed musicians in concert. ...Read More

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