Explore Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

One of the hidden gems of Santa Barbara, the Funk Zone awaits travelers looking for a little artistic excitement in their lives. Artists and musicians have transformed abandoned shops and warehouses into a vibrant artistic community. Bordered by Highway 101, State Street, Cabrillo Boulevard, and Garden Street, the Funk Zone has galleries, studios, museums, microbreweries, and restaurants. Plan your route right now!

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Where to Go in the Funk Zone

This energetic community has blossomed in the last few years as artists transform this once-neglected neighborhood of abandoned warehouses and forgotten shops. Exploring the area is best done on foot so you can soak up the vibe — and maybe discover a hidden gem! Here are a few spots you won’t want to miss in the Funk Zone: