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: Biking Downtown

Join Nick Welsh in conversation with Jesse Rosenberg (Santa Barbara BCycle), Scott LaMoine (Electric Bikes of Santa Barbara), and Kent Epperson (SBCAG Traffic Solutions) in this week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Did you miss the last Downtown Business Spotlight?
Watch it below!

Hear Robin Elander in conversation with Robin Gose (MOXI), Annabel Padilla (Girls Inc.), Adam Porte (Parks & Rec) in last week’s Downtown Business Spotlight.
Santa Barbara: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
- A Virtual Dialogue Series

Join Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation this spring for a free, five-part virtual dialogue series hosted on Zoom Webinar featuring some leading minds in the history, methodology and practice of principled urban development.
The City of Santa Barbara is exploring ways to revitalize its downtown core and provide more housing to meet our workforce needs as well as statewide housing requirements while remaining committed to keeping Santa Barbara’s character. How should we respond to the interrelated and multifaceted challenges Santa Barbara currently faces?
Throughout this series participants will learn how other, similar urban and suburban communities reached and implemented successful pragmatic solutions, how Santa Barbara developed and maintained its unique character, and how a better understanding of the history of that character development, coupled with some important lessons learned elsewhere, can help inform us about how we should respond to Santa Barbara’s urban development demands of today as well as prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.

Missing Middle Housing and Zoning for Predictable Placemaking

May 5, 2021 · 6PM
To continue our discussion about Santa Barbara’s future, we’ll be joined by Daniel Parolek, an architect, urbanist and the founder of Opticos Design in Berkeley. He has been working in urban placemaking and master planning for two decades and is the author of Missing Middle Housing – Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis, a how-to book exploring these issues published earlier this year. 
The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Santa Barbara-based architect Henry Lenny and the Executive Director of Downtown Santa Barbara, Robin Elander.

Live Music @ Paseo Nuevo Center Court for Mother's Day!

May 9, 2021 · 1 PM - 3:15 PM
Featuring Locals Favorite:
Harpist Laurie Rasmussen

*Located in the Lower Terrace outside of 805 Boba for a social distanced experience
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 6, 2021 · 3 PM - 7:30 PM
State Street between Figueroa & Carrillo Street
Join us at this week's State Street Promenade Market and support our local businesses and artisans by shopping quality gifts for Mother's Day!

Be sure to follow our new Instagram page to enter and find out more about our Mother's Day giveaway!