Cabrillo Pavilion Art Center
By Zohe Felici, Felici Events
Built in the 1920‘s, Cabrillo Pavilion Art Center is one of Santa Barbara’s historical markers. A popular venue for hosting your rehearsal dinner or reception, this oceanfront venue is the closest you can get to the beach. With two outdoor patios and floor to ceiling windows that open up to the Pacific Ocean, you and your guests are likely to catch dolphins frolicking by and take in a breathtaking Pacific Ocean sunset.
This Santa Barbara landmark showcases traditional Spanish Colonial white stucco walls, red tiled roof and Mediterranean wrought-iron chandeliers. If you desire a toes-in-the-sand-wedding, the beach directly in front of the center is available to rent for your wedding ceremony. Ideally located with proximity to hotels and downtown, this hidden gem offers affordability with benefits. Rental of the venue includes tables, chairs, dancefloor, patio seating and a piano, and can save you some money.
A $5 permit application fee, $300 non-refundable reservation fee and a $250 refundable security deposit is required to rent this facility.
$2,902 $222 / hr $3,316 $262 / hr
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General Rules & Regulations:
Amounts include fees for room rental, building monitor, the $300 reservation fee, tables & chairs, cleaning fee, dance floor and security deposit.
You may choose and use any caterer as long as they follow our facility guidelines. Need to rent kitchen.
All forms of alcohol are allowed with the exception of beer in a keg.
The Center has a public-address system with wired microphones (designed for speaking only), a projection screen, and an audio-visual cart. You must provide your own projector.
Our monthly art exhibits add color and décor to the walls, so most groups concentrate their decorating efforts to the tables. Linens, floral centerpieces and candles are generally the kind of decorations we see. However, if you do choose to decorate more than this, you may not nail, staple, thumbtack or duct tape your decorations to the walls. As for candles, the flame must be enclosed in a votive cup or hurricane glass covering.
Amplified music is allowed, and must end by midnight. We suggest that music stop one hour prior to the end of the event to allow sufficient cleanup time.
Insurance is not required for private events since we have a building monitor present; insurance is required for public special events.
Depending on the type of event planned, we reserve the right to require that you hire licensed security guards.
The initial $300 reservation fee is non-refundable. If the event is cancelled within 10 working days of the event, 100% of the Security Deposit is refunded and 90% of the remaining fees (other than the reservation fee) will be refunded.
Using the Beach:
Please check with the Parks & Recreation main office (805) 564-5418 for information regarding the use of the outdoor Beach areas for your wedding ceremony.
The Cabrillo West and the Cabrillo East public parking lots on either side of the Center are not included in the rental price. They are managed by the City’s Waterfront Parking Department (805) 564-5523. Please contact this department regarding parking fees. Hours of operation are 10am to 12 midnight, Monday through Friday and 6am to12 midnight on weekends and holidays. Both the parking lots are “honor fee” lots and are patrolled regularly. If you wish to pay for parking for your guests, contact the City’s Waterfront Parking Department. Free street parking is limited in this area.
Contact: Leslie Lund, Facility Coordinator, at (805) 897-1983 or by email at LLUND@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.
Photos provided by the City of Santa Barbara