Saint Barbara Event Center
1205 San Antonio Creek Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Contact: Valerie Richardson, Event Coordinator
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Why We Like This Place
There’s no chance you’ll accidentally drive by the Saint Barbara Event Center at the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church—its bright blue tile roof and blazingly white walls fairly leap into your field of view as you approach the facility. Although the church is only available to those baptized in the Orthodox Christian religion, the adjacent center and patio can be used by the general public for festive gatherings.
Outdoor receptions or social hours take place on the patio, an expansive flagstone plaza that connects the church and the center. The space is enclosed by a low white wall with flagstone seating bordered by olive trees, large rocks and drought-tolerant plants. It’s totally peaceful up here—nothing but sun, warm breezes and clear views of the surrounding mountains, the Goleta Valley and the Santa Barbara Channel.
For indoor receptions, guests walk through a white archway into the main hall. It’s a large and lovely space with a high, open-beamed ceiling and two walls of tall arched windows that give it a spacious and airy feeling. Tables are arranged around a big hardwood dance floor (on springs no less!), and no matter where they’re seated, guests can survey the beautiful landscape around them. To the east, the scenery includes a lemon grove, vibrant bougainvillea, grassy hills dotted with eucalyptus and the Santa Ynez Mountains in the distance; to the west, it encompasses the Santa Barbara hills, the university campus and the Santa Barbara Channel. Two small patios, one on each side of the room, can be set up for hors d’oeuvres and a bar or a buffet. A commercial kitchen on site is available for your caterer. With its great location, Mediterranean ambiance and unexpected amenities, this is one community church center well worth a visit.
Max. Seated Indoors: 250
Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
Max. Seated Indoors: 200
Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
Max. Standing Indoors: 400
Max. Standing Outdoors: 400
|Max. Seated: 400|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Church holds up to 250 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Event Center can accommodate approximately 200 seated (with dance floor still accessible for dancing), 400 standing; the Plaza seats approximately 200 or holds 400 standing guests; and the Patio seats approximately 100 guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Up to 400 seated stadium style in the Event Center.
Fees & Deposits
A $500 deposit and signed contract is required to secure your date; the balance of the rental fee is due 30 days before the event. The rental fee for the main hall is $3,750 for 10 hours’ use, including patios, kitchen, tables and chairs. Separate fees for Patio use only, upon request. Overtime charge is $150/hour for time needed in excess of 10 hours. A grand piano can be provided for an extra fee.
Year-round, daily, in 10-hour blocks.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: BYO licensed and insured
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Alcohol: BYO, licensed server
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