Santa Barbara Things To Do

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 Garden Appreciation Month
Get Inspired! Explore the wealth and diversity of gardens throughout May: Garden Tours, Talks, Exhibits and Elegant Hotel Landscapes. Celebrate with us.

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Sea Cave Kayak

Kayak and Snorkel Channel Islands National Park

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FlySBA.com

To anywhere in the world, Santa Barbara Airport!

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Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a cruise, accommodations for 2 & bottle of chardonnay

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Refresh & Renew

Welcome Back to the Newly Renovated Fess Parker Resort!

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Amgen: May 15

Catch the Action - Amgen Tour of CA returns to SB on May 15!


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Featured Events

8th Annual Carpinteria a...
5.10.1914 - 5.12.2014
Recurring daily
You Are Invited to Experience Carpinteria and...More
Chef’s Table – Every Sun...
4.27.2014
Recurring weekly on Sunday
Bring your family...More
Market Forays - Cooking ...
4.26.2014
Recurring weekly on Saturday
The perfect foodie...More
Weekly Happy Hour at SOh...
4.25.2014
WEEKLY Happy Hour...More
1st Saturday Swing Dance...
5.3.2014
Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
Every 1st Saturday...More
Good Energy Festival San...
5.3.2014
Recurring on the 1st weekend day of May
Enjoy a beautiful...More
4th of July Old Mission ...
7.4.2014
Recurring every July 4th
4th of July Old...More
Comedy Hideaway Feat. He...
4.24.2014
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Comedy Hideaway,...More
The Lindy Circle: Free S...
4.28.2014
Recurring weekly on Monday
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Tasty Cupcake and Wine t...
4.26.2014
Recurring weekly on Saturday
If you like tasty...More
Keck Telescope Viewing
5.16.2014
Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
Westmont's powerful...More
Santa Barbara iPhone Pho...
5.18.2014
Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
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Take-Out Lunch Yoga
4.22.2014
Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Escape the clutches...More
Jazz Jam with Jeff Ellio...
4.28.2014
Recurring weekly on Monday
Sraight ahead jazz...More
Carpinteria First Friday...
5.2.2014
Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
Spend the first...More
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