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Wedding and Event Venues


Breathtaking scenery and a comfortable Mediterranean climate make Santa Barbara an ideal place to celebrate any occasion. The Parks and Recreation Department is a natural choice for your special event, with four spectacular indoor beachfront facilities, one historic downtown venue, five neighborhood centers, and 16 picturesque outdoor beach and park locations that provide a beautiful backdrop for your wedding or special event.

Dance under the stars, choose a location with thousands of roses, or say your vows with a glistening ocean as the backdrop. Try the beautiful downtown historic Carrillo Ballroom, which boasts one of the best dance floors in the country. All venues are available for rent throughout the year at affordable rates and can accommodate from 10 to 300 guests.


Indoor Event Spaces

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Cabrillo Pavilion

Recently renovated, the Cabrillo Pavilion is Santa Barbara's premier oceanfront venue. Capacity 215.

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Carousel House

Our newest venue on the waterfront, the ideal setting for truly memorable events. Capacity 180/240.

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Carrillo Ballroom

The centrally-located historic landmark Carrillo Ballroom is the perfect downtown venue for your special event. Capacity 300/400.

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Casa Las Palmas

Plan your event around various recreational areas such as the shipwreck playground in this 10-acre waterfront park. Capacity 65/75.

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Palm Park Beach House

"Hidden jewel" on the ocean side of Cabrillo Boulevard featuring an ocean view. Capacity 100/125.

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MacKenzie Center

Located inside MacKenzie Park, near the corner of State Street and Las Positas Road. Capacity 100.

Louise Lowry Davis Center
Louise Lowry Davis Center

Located in downtown Santa Barbara just two blocks away from State Street. Capacity 100.

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Franklin Neighborhood Center

Located adjacent to the Eastside Library, with on-site parking and several options for room rentals. Capacity 125.

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Ortega Welcome House

Charming eastside location in Ortega Park, suited to smaller events. Capacity 70.

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Westside Neighborhood Center

A variety of setups with auditorium, anterooms, and kitchen. Perfect for meetings, workshops, and receptions. Capacity 150.

Beach and Park Locations

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Alice Keck Park "Pond" Grass Area

The "pond" grass area is close to Micheltorena Street, overlooking the gazebo and koi pond. Capacity 60.

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Alice Keck Park Arbor Area

The "arbor area" is close to Arrellaga Street and features a lush grassy area with a wisteria arbor. Capacity 150.

Great Meadow at Chase Palm Park
Chase Palm Park Great Meadow

Popular location for wedding receptions, large corporate events, special events, and summer concerts. Capacity 3,000.

Wedding ceremony on East Beach
East Beach Cabrillo West

Idyllic beach area east of Milpas Street and bordering the Cabrillo West parking lot. Capacity 200.

Wedding celebration at the Calle Puerto Vallarta site on East Beach
East Beach Calle Puerto Vallarta

Located at Cabrillo Boulevard and Calle Puerto Vallarta, the perfect "on-the-sand" location for corporate events or wedding ceremonies. Capacity 300.

Evening wedding ceremony on East Beach
East Beach Pavilion Beach

On the sand in front of the historic Cabrillo Pavilion. Wedding ceremonies allowed in front of the building for those also renting the Cabrillo Pavilion. Capacity 200.

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La Mesa Park Grassy Area

This grassy area away from the group picnic site is the ideal setting for a wedding with a magnificent ocean view. Capacity 125.

Beachgoers enjoy Leadbetter Beach
Leadbetter Beach Area West

Perfect setting for a wonderful beach wedding with Leadbetter Point in the background.

Wedding ceremony preparation at the Mission Rose Garden
Mission Rose Garden

Stunning rose garden just across from the Santa Barbara Mission with two available event locations. Capacity 50/200.

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Plaza del Mar Bandshell Area

Located along the waterfront, the historic Bandshell area is used for private gatherings or public special events. Capacity 2,000.

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Shoreline Park East

Stunning ocean view at this event location at the end of Shoreline Park near La Marina Drive.