It’s a signature event for good reason: The Downtown Santa Barbara LIVE Art & Wine Tour Presented by The Towbes Group showcases not only downtown galleries, it also shines the spotlight on top downtown restaurants, local wineries and breweries — and artistic talent.

Scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, this year’s curated art walk takes place in venues located above Carrillo Street, including the Final Party at the Arlington Theatre.

After checking in, guests trade their tickets for a wine glass and plate, a wristband, and a map to the 12 locations.

All venues will host a LIVE cultural event and 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.

Wineries/breweries include some local favorites and some new sips: Au Bon Climat, August Ridge Vineyards, Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, E11even Wines, Good Lion Hospitality, Grassini Family Vineyards, Institution Ale.

La Lieff Wines, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, M.Special Brewing Company, Sanford Winery, Santa Barbara Winery, Windrun Wine, and Barden Wines and Margerum Wine Company, pouring wine from both wineries including Barden Fonte, a Burgundy blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

Food offerings, both tried and new are from: Bar 29, Bibi Ji, bouchon Santa Barbara, Brasil Arts Café, Carlitos Café & Cantina, The Cruisery, Hoffmann Brat Haus, Lilac Patisserie, Little Kitchen, Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant & Take Out.

The Middle Child Santa Barbara, Opal Restaurant & Bar, Pascucci, Patxi’s Pizza, Roost Santa Barbara, Satellite Santa Barbara, Soul Cal Smokehouse, and Jane Restaurant, serving its Coconut Chiffon Cake at the Final Party.

“This event has something for everyone — food and wine to try, new galleries to visit, and of course, LIVE art,” said Carrie Kelly, Downtown SB executive director. “We learned a long time ago that fans of the Art & Wine Tour are passionate about all of it.”

Fuzion Gallery & Boutique is hosting local artist Danielle Methmann, who paints with a unique medium — wine.

“I’m very excited to do a wine-painting demo at Fuzion for my first time as part of the tour,” Methmann said.

Santa Barbara-based artist Marco Pinter will bring his mix of cutting-edge technology, live music, and dance to Ensemble Theatre Company.

Following the self-guided tour, guests reconvene for the Final Party at the Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. for more wine, food, music and dancing.

Music on the Sol Wave Water Entertainment stage will be supplied by Santa Barbara’s “Best Event DJ” DJ Darla Bea, spinning the dance tunes.

A silent auction will showcase gifts and packages benefiting the Downtown Public Art Fund. Featured is a $500 gift package from Santa Barbara Bowl, with two tickets, parking and access to the VIP Terrace for the Oct. 5 Van Morrison concert, courtesy of COX.

Other silent auction offerings: private shopping event at Jake & Jones ($250 value); two tickets to John Kay ($92) and/or Leo Kottke ($98) at Lobero Theatre; dinner for two at Bistro at the Ritz Carlton; $250 package from Santa Barbara Bowl, courtesy of Goldenvoice, with two tickets to Josh Groban (Sept. 5).

Tickets will also be available to purchase for the Best Raffle Ever: 52 Bottles of Wine.

To donate an item of value for the silent auction, contact April Lee: or 805-962-2098, ext. 803.

Tickets are $65 for the tour and Final Party. Tickets on sale at Tickets are limited, advance purchase required; use promo code LIVE19.

Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre with appearance by award-winning La Boheme Professional Dance Group. 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, ACI Jet, Bright Event Rentals, Bella Vista Designs, Inc, Montecito Bank & Trust, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Beautiful, Santa Barbara Independent, and VOICE Magazine, with Sol Wave Water sponsoring the entertainment stage.

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.