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Things To Do in Santa Barbara

Imagine London, Sydney or Buenos Aires - great food, great shopping, great culture. Now shrink it to about 20 square miles. Delete traffic and noisy, crowded streets. Keep the pedestrian-friendly, easy-to-get-around part plus the great architecture. Add wine. Now surround it with beautiful mountains, rolling valleys and miles of beautiful beach. Don't forget beautiful hotels and outstanding restaurants! Welcome to the American Riviera®.

Whatever your passion, there's always something to do in Santa Barbara, which combines big city culture with backwoods outdoor adventures, all set off by a culinary tradition that puts its name and flavors on the lips of food and wine critics across the country.

Love the outdoors? Ride horses, wind or waves! Patron of the arts? Explore our galleries and year-round arts events. Shopping? FoodWineWellness? Family fun? It's all here, to explore on your own or with guided tours, served up in a laid-back elegance that's distinctively Santa Barbara.

If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our lively calendar of events for inspiration, or consider visiting during one of Santa Barbara’s signature festivals and events!

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Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Rides
Winter Special Rates Now in Effect! $125 for 90-min beach ride. Private & Small Group Rides Offered Daily. Great Fun for Couples & Families! All rides by appt. Call Bob at 805-688-5984.

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Island Tours

Kayak, snorkel and hike the National Park. Book Now!

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On View at SBMA

Italian Masterpieces in Botticelli, Titian and Beyond

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Endless Summer

Come Rejuvenate Beachside at the Fess Parker Resort

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Lemon Tree Inn

Offering the perfect combination of fun and relaxation in SB

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The Goodland

The Ultimate So Cal Retreat with 25% off and a massage.

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Canary Hotel

The only luxury hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Book Now.


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Featured Events

1st Thursday
3.5.2015
Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
1st Thursday is an...More
2nd Fridays Art @ Santa ...
3.13.2015
Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
Every 2nd Friday,...More
Ladies Tasting
3.21.2015
Recurring monthly on the 21st
The last Monday of...More
Wine Country Bike Tour
2.27.2015
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
This trip takes us...More
Paul Gillis & Maura Bend...
3.3.2015
Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Paul Gillis uses...More
Santa Barbara Comedy Hid...
2.27.2015
Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Comedy Hideaway,...More
Tasty Cupcake and Wine t...
2.28.2015
Recurring weekly on Saturday
If you like tasty...More
5K Gobble Gobble Run
11.23.2015 - 11.23.2018
Recurring every November 23rd
The 5K Gobble...More
Market Forays - Cooking ...
2.28.2015
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Shop for seasonal...More
1st Thursday
3.5.2015
1st Thursday is an...More
Dannsair- Traditional Ir...
3.5.2015
Traditional Irish...More
Jazz Jam with Jess Ellio...
3.2.2015
Straight ahead jazz...More
Blur the Line - Live Mus...
3.5.2015
Live music at the...More
PCPA presents: Peter and...
2.27.2015 - 3.1.2015
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Based on the novel...More
Fellinfest 2015 - A Thea...
2.27.2015 - 2.27.2015
Recurring daily
A five-day festival of plays about movies and the...More
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