The Carrillo Ballroom

Indoor and outdoor spaces, BYO, Valet parking

Send this venue a request

Add it to your list to send a request to mulitple venues at the same time.

Starting at $5,327 for 50 Guests

Use our Spot Estimate tool to quickly calculate an estimated price.

Starting at $5k for 50 Guests
Starting at $5k for 50 Guests

Venue capacity

up to 300

Starting price

5K$ to start




Event Center
Community Center


The breathtaking scenery and comfortable Mediterranean climate make the City of Santa Barbara an ideal place to celebrate your wedding. The Carrillo Recreation Center is a gorgeous brick building and historic facility centrally located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. The center boasts a spacious, formal ballroom, complete with stage and balcony, as well as one of the best dance floors in the country – a spring loaded, maple hardwood floor. Let your love steal the center of attention as you exchange vows on the center’s stage. Serenade your guests with the soothing sounds of a Baldwin Ellington baby grand piano. While the ballroom is transformed from ceremony site to reception hall, have your guests mingle and enjoy cocktails out in the facility’s beautifully landscaped courtyards. After cocktail hour, you and your guests can enjoy a nice dinner before the reception dance party begins. Whether you want to feel as though you are slow dancing on a cloud or hosting an epic party on a cloud, the cantilevered floor will flex under your every step. The facility rental coordinator will be happy to assist you with planning all the details of your special day.

Venue Notes

The rental fee is $3,888 for a ceremony and reception and includes 8 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. This location is only available for Saturday only weddings. The rates featured on Wedding Spot are City of Santa Barbara resident rates. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $331/hr. A non-refundable $300 reservation fee and $500 refundable security deposit is required.

Amenities And Requirements


150 chairs included
Bride's dressing area
Coat check room
Dance floor
Day-of coordinator
Groom's dressing area
Kitchen for prep only
Outdoor lighting
Projection screen
Public parking
Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up


- Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer- Amplified music OK indoors only- Approved outside caterer allowed- BYO alcohol- Music must end by midnight- No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.- No sparklers/fireworks- Smoking in designated areas only- Venue must approve all decorations