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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Luminous Portraits of American Indian Life
Come see Curtis’s monumental project, the depiction of the daily life of Indian tribes from New Mexico to Alaska, that consumed him for thirty years.

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Hotel Milo

Beachfront with complimentary WiFi & 2 wine tasting tickets

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Fall in love...

...with Santa Barbara this fall at Spanish Garden Inn.

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Island Kayaking

Join a guided tour through breathtaking sea caves!


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Featured Events

Santa Barbara Revels pre...
12.19.1915 - 12.20.2015
Recurring daily
Santa Barbara Revels presents The Christmas...More
2nd Fridays Art @ Santa ...
Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
Every 2nd Friday,...More
Ladies Tasting
Recurring monthly on the 21st
The last Monday of...More
Wine Country Bike Tour
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
This trip takes us...More
1st Thursday Art Crawl
Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
The Santa Barbara...More
Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Santa Barbara...More
Tasty Cupcake and Wine t...
Recurring weekly on Saturday
If you like tasty...More
Santa Barbara Comedy Hid...
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Comedy Hideaway,...More
5K Gobble Gobble Run
11.23.2016 - 11.23.2018
Recurring every November 23rd
The 5K Gobble...More
Market Forays - Cooking ...
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Shop for seasonal...More
1st Thursday
Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
1st Thursday is an...More
Dannsair- Traditional Ir...
Traditional Irish...More
Blur the Line - Live Mus...
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Live music at the...More
Public Star Party
12.18.2015 - 4.19.2019
Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
See the wonders of...More
Santa Barbara Tasting To...
Recurring weekly on Saturday
The Taste of Santa...More
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