Q: What do you get when you combine ocean views, live music and a lot of friendly locals?
A: Santa Barbara's annual Concerts in the Park series!
If you're planning on spending a Thursday night in Santa Barbara this summer, don't miss your opportunity to embrace a little al fresco fun at Chase Palm Park. Starting June 27th, the Parks & Recreation department hosts free weekly concerts at this park by the sea.
Los Pinquos on stage during the 2012 series — Photo courtesy of Concerts in the Park, Santa Barbara
Bring chairs or blankets, pack a picnic and round up your friends and family. Grassy seating areas are first come, first served. Music starts at 7 pm, but you can start setting up your space as early as noon. Four-legged friends are permitted on-leash.
Arrive early to claim your spot - concert set up starts at noon — Photo courtesy of Concerts in the Park, Santa Barbara
Previous years' line-ups have included everything from a Beatles tribute band to swing music, oldies and much more. Dancing is encouraged! Concerts in the park are one of Santa Barbara's most anticipated summer social events and they always draw a lively crowd.
Chase Palm Park is located near State Street and downtown Santa Barbara. If you're looking for something to do after the concert, an easy bike ride or quick cab trip will take you to any number of great restaurants and bars. You may even be able to hail a pedicab and enjoy a comfortable, open-air ride in a bike-pulled cart.