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, a carnival, and a rodeo.

    Santa Barbara, California, USA
  • 2. Arlington Theatre

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

    1317 State St., Santa Barbara, California, 93101, USA
    805-963–4408
  • 3. Center Stage Theatre

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

    Chapala and De la Guerra Sts., Santa Barbara, California, 93101, USA
    805-963–0408
  • 4. Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)

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

    33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara, California, 93101, USA
    805-965–5400
  • 5. Festival Mozaic

    Festivals

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

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    805-781–3009
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  • 6. 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 held Memorial Day weekend.

    Santa Barbara, California, USA
  • 7. Lobero Theatre

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

    33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, California, 93101, USA
    805-963–0761
  • 8. Music Academy of the West

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

    1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, California, 93108, USA
    805-969–4726
  • 9. Ojai Music Festival

    Festivals

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

    , USA
    805-646–2053
  • 10. Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo

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

    1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, California, 93407, USA
    805-756–4849
  • 11. San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre

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

    888 Morro St., San Luis Obispo, California, 93401, USA
    805-786–2440-box office
  • 12. 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 (past acts include Radiohead, The Who, John Legend, and Natalie Merchant), from April through October.

    1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, California, 93103, USA
    805-962–7411
  • 13. Solvang Festival Theater

    Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts presents crowd-pleasing musicals like A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Million Dollar Quartet, as well as Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and contemporary plays at this 700-seat outdoor amphitheater.

    420 2nd St., Solvang, California, 93464, USA
    805-922–8313

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: Performances June–Oct.
  • 14. 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, and ride people-powered floats up State Street.

    Santa Barbara, California, USA
    805-965–3396
  • 15. The Granada Theatre

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

    1214 State St., Santa Barbara, California, 93101, USA
    805-899–2222
  • 16. Vina Robles Amphitheatre

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

    3800 Mill Rd., Paso Robles, California, 93446, USA
    805-286–3680

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: Performances Apr.–Nov.

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