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Santa Barbara Bowl

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Address: 1122 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara, CA
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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The best outdoor concert venue in Southern California!

Saw Lindsey Stirling last night....incredible performer! I have also seen Celtic Women here as well as Fun and Willie Nelson. It's about a quarter the size of the Hollywood Bowl... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Camarillo
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Saw Lindsey Stirling last night....incredible performer! I have also seen Celtic Women here as well as Fun and Willie Nelson. It's about a quarter the size of the Hollywood Bowl and so much easier to get to! Not a bad seat in the house.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is the best venue around. If you are looking for a beautiful outdoor venue with great acoustics, look no further than SB Bowl. This venue attracts some of the best names in music and the performances do not disappoint. Highly recommend!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We saw Aretha Franklin at the Bowl which was not what we had hoped for. The concert was way short because this beautiful place is surrounded by neighborhoods which requires everyone to clear out by 10 p.m. Aretha brought her small town show to Santa Barbara so minus the back up singers and dancers. Next time go to LA. However,... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Bottom Line Upfront: Great venue. Wonderful concerts. Good food and wine. Security is poorly trained and aggressive in dealing with small children and handicap older people. Pros: The venue will not disappoint. Nothing like it anywhere in SoCal. Cons: The security is not used to small children or older adults in wheelchairs or that need assistance. Two examples from the... More 

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Newbury Park, California
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Have seen concerts and comedy shows at this venue. It's absolutely the best sized venue. Summer weather is great. Acoustics are great. No seat is a bad seat. Great beer selection. Wear comfortable shoes as its an uphill walk once you enter the venue.

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Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Lived in Santa Barbara for 2 years and loved to go to the bowl for concerts! Saw multiple different artists there, very different genres but there is something about this outdoor venue that makes it special!!

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Ventura
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The bowl has gone through a lot of changes over the last ten years and all for the better. Saw Jim tonight while celebrating my birthday. Great time. If you get a chance show up a bit early and hike to the top and check out the view...Incredible! Good craft beers available

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I love concerts and have worked in the live entertainment industry for years. I've been to arenas, stadiums, theaters, dive bars, clubs, etc. Santa Barbara Bowl is one of my favorite venues EVER. The size is perfect. It's not too big, not too small. It's outdoor with beautiful scenery. Chances are the weather is always going to be perfect. It's... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I will get to the tip in a moment, but let me wax nostalgic for a moment. This venue has evolved over the years. When I first went you could bring a blanket and sit on the lawn next to the stage and look out at the hill behind the stage. My first concert I saw a deer on the... More 

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Cheney, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Went to see Steely Dan. The bowl seats about 4500 people in a beautiful outdoor setting. The bowl structure itself was new and quite upscale. Nice seats with not a bad seat anywhere. There are wine bars, pizza and beer and lots of help everywhere. The sound system was massive but my ears didn't bleed. The Stars were out on... More 

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