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Grab a friend and come enjoy Downtown Santa Barbara's signature events!

Annual Awards Ceremony (February)
1st Thursday Art Walk (Monthly)
Downtown Live: Concert Series (Seasonal)
Annual Live Art & Wine Tour (May)
Halloween Safe Trick or Treat (October)
Annual Downtown Holiday Events (November/December)

Or view our Events Calendar to find out what else is happening Downtown!


Annual Awards Ceremony

It’s a Downtown Santa Barbara tradition, more than two dozen years old - the Annual Awards Ceremony, designed as a way to celebrate past accomplishments and share our goals for the coming year. The occasion is also a way to honor people, organizations, even historic buildings that have gone above and beyond to make a difference in Downtown Santa Barbara. Join us, and celebrate Downtown Santa Barbara. Click HERE for more information.


1st Thursday Art Walk (Monthly)

1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.


State Street Promenade Market (Monthly)

The State Street Promenade Market is a monthly market on every 1st Thursday from 3:00 - 8:00 PM. Come shop, support, and enjoy local goods, crafts, art, music, and performances. This market will change locations every month and will have new interactive activities each month so stay tuned! 


Downtown Live: Concert Series (seasonal)

Starting August 31st, the concert series is set to run for 5 weeks through September 28th.

Featuring local bands every week on Wednesdays for five-week intervals.  For our current series enjoy a casual setting across from Cali-Forno Pizzeria at 905 State Street. Patrons are encouraged to bring a folding chair and grab a bite or a beer at Cali-Forno and enjoy some free local music. There will be family fun street games like corn hole, ring toss, giant Jenga, ladder toss, and more! This series is part of the Downtown Organization's efforts to enliven and revitalize downtown and highlight local music talent.


LIVE Art & Wine Tour (May)

State Street comes alive with the LIVE Art & Wine Tour. Different venues in the Downtown area participate, each pairing with a winery and restaurant, and a unique live art experience. After touring the venues, you continue to the final party with more wineries, restaurants, live music, live art, and silent auction.


In lieu of the 2022 Downtown Holiday Parade this year, and with community safety in mind, Downtown Santa Barbara staff has planned a plethora of intimate holiday offerings!

Festivities kickoff with Small Business Saturday in November, and include a Christmas tree lighting event, 1st Thursday ArtWalk, outdoor market, concerts, and community performances throughout the month of December.

We hope the community will come together to celebrate the holidays in a safe and festive manner.