Beverages from a variety of fine wineries and breweries will be on offer at Downtown Santa Barbara event. (Courtesy photo)

When it comes to intriguing live art, fabulous wine and great food all in one evening, Downtown Santa Barbara (DSB) is an expert at all three.

Downtown LIVE Art & Wine Tour, presented by The Towbes Group, returns on Thursday, May 23, with visits to select galleries and venues on State Street (and side streets) above Carrillo Street.

All proceeds will benefit the Downtown Public Art Fund, supporting the State of the Art Gallery, Pianos on State, as well as new projects.

All venues will host a live cultural event paired with a restaurant and winery. Venues include 10 West Gallery, Bella Rosa Galleries, Colette Cosentino Atelier + Gallery, Distinctive Framing N’ Art, Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic, Fuzion Gallery & Boutique.

Also, Indigo Interiors, Santa Barbara Fine Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, State Gallery at Youth Interactive, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, and Yuliya Lennon Art Studio.

A selection of fine wineries and breweries will be represented including Au Bon Climat, August Ridge Vineyard, Buttonwood, E11even Wines, Grassini Family Vineyards, Institution Ale, La Lieff Wines, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards.

Also, Margerum Wine Company, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, Santa Barbara Winery and Windrun Wine.

Nibbles and nosh offered at every venue include Bar 29, Bibi Ji, bouchon Santa Barbara, Brasil Arts Café, Carlitos Café & Cantina, The Cruisery, Hoffmann Brat Haus, Jane Restaurant, Lilac Patisserie.

Also, Little Kitchen, Opal Restaurant & Bar, Pascucci Restaurant, Patxi’s Pizza, Roost Santa Barbara, Satellite Santa Barbara, and Soul Cal Smokehouse.

Following the self-guided tour, attendees can swing by the Final Party at the Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., for more wine, food, music, dancing and fun, featuring DJ Darla Bea, Santa Barbara’s Best Event DJ, spinning foot-moving, finger-snapping tunes.

A silent auction will showcase gifts and packages benefiting the Downtown Public Art Fund. Highlighting the auction is a $250 gift package from Santa Barbara Bowl, courtesy of Goldenvoice, with two tickets to see Josh Groban on Sept. 5.

Tickets will also be available for the Best Raffle Ever: 52 Bottles of Wine. To donate an item of value for the silent auction, contact April Lee,, 805-962-2098, ext 803.

Tickets are $65 for the tour and final party. Tickets on sale at Tickets are limited, advance purchase is necessary.

Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre. For more information, call 805-962-2098 or visit

The 2019 LIVE Art & Wine Tour Presented by The Towbes Group is produced by Downtown Santa Barbara and sponsored by Arlington Theatre, VOICE Magazine, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent, Montecito Bank & Trust, ACI Jet, and Santa Barbara Beautiful.

Downtown Santa Barbara is a membership-driven, nonprofit organization whose goal is to maintain and enhance the business and cultural activity in the downtown district.

— Kate Schwab for Downtown Santa Barbara.