Downtown Business Spotlight is a virtual interview series, where we chat and get to know our Santa Barbara business owners. Join us for this interview series in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Independent, each Thursday at 3 PM.


TOPIC: Ocean Adventures

Join Robin Elander in conversation with Skip Abed (Santa Barbara Sailing Center), Greg Gorga (Santa Barbara Maritime Museum), and Maddy Fossatti (Land and Sea Tours) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Did you miss the last Downtown Business Spotlight?
Watch it below!

TOPIC: Biking Downtown

Hear Nick Welsh in conversation with Jesse Rosenberg (Santa Barbara BCycle), Scott LaMoine (Electric Bikes of Santa Barbara), and Kent Epperson (SBCAG Traffic Solutions) in last week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Commemorating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Join SBTHP this month for a free, three-part virtual series celebrating Santa Barbara’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. As acts of violence and racism against Asian Americans have escalated across the country, we will come together as a community to explore the historical context for recent events; listen to and support our AAPI friends, neighbors, and business owners; and celebrate the diverse and rich AAPI cultural traditions that help define Santa Barbara.

Understanding Our History

May 12, 2021 · 6PM
To understand the outrage and fear many feel in response to recent acts of prejudice and violence towards members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, we must better understand the history of the Asian American experience. In this first part of our series, historian and professor, Dr. Lily Anne Welty Tamai will provide this historical background. SBTHP Director of Programs Danny Tsai will then share the history of the local AAPI community.

Santa Barbara MTD 2021 Proposed Service Changes

Have thoughts about the Downtown Shuttle service?
MTD wants to know! Fill out the survey below by Wednesday, the 13th
The Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program Has Restarted Downtown After a Hiatus During the Pandemic

Look out for the team in grey shirts. Learn more about the program at the link below or email the Director of Volunteer Police Services for more information at or call: 805-897-2465
Santa Barbara Visual Artists
2021 Summer Virtual Exhibition

May 10 - August 10, 2021
Zoom Public Reception - Meet the Artists
May 13, 2021 · 4 PM

  • SBVA 'Meet The Artist' Interviews, Art Work, Music, and Wine Reception

  • Music by Incandescense - Quinn & Emily Acoustic Duo

For Invitation Zoom Link:
Contact before 5/13 2 PM
May 15 & 16, 2021 · 7 PM
Streaming LIVE from The Granada Theater!

Join Santa Barbara Symphony for their Season Finale, a special evening honoring the strength, perseverance, hope, creativity, and community that makes up the Santa Barbara Symphony family. Guest pianist Awadagin Pratt performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, they're musicians are once again in the spotlight as they perform a concert that includes Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op.92, and Benjamin Britten: Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury. Also featuring Joseph Malvinni, guitar, Winner of the 2021 SB Youth Symphony Concerto Competition performing Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto for Guitar in D major, First Movement.
The Arlington Theatre's 90th Anniversary Celebration!

Metropolitan Theatres’ historic Arlington Theatre is celebrating its 90th Anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the theatre will reopen with a 3-day event on May 21, 22 and 23, 2021.

Three classic films, E.T., Ghostbusters, and Blade Runner the Final Cut, will be shown daily. All tickets are $5 and are on-sale now at and on the Metropolitan Theatres mobile app. Guests will receive a free popcorn with ticket purchase. Daily showtimes are 2:30pm, 5:15pm and 8pm.

Kicking off the day’s events on Saturday, May 22 at 12:30pm will be a free live performance featuring organ music provided by the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society with special guest organist Adam Aceto. Aceto will play on the Arlington’s Great Theatre Pipe Organ, a 1928 Robert-Morton “Wonder Morton” of which only 5 were ever made. No tickets are needed for the performance and admission will be on a first come first served basis.
State Street Promenade Market
May 13, 2021 · 3 PM - 7:30 PM
State Street between Figueroa & Carrillo Street
Come enjoy the wonderful and friendly atmosphere of the 1000 block on State Street this Thursday and join us in supporting local businesses, artisans, and makers at the State Street Promenade Market. 

Make sure to follow our new Instagram page and email if you would like to become a vendor!