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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!

Featured Partner

Curiosity Lab
Bring your curiosity, hone your scientific skills, scavenger hunt, touch, see, smell, and make discoveries in the natural world around you. All ages.

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Sunset Included

Enjoy the nightly show, just steps from your balcony!

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Island Tours

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

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Canary Hotel

Save up to 15% at the only luxury boutique hotel in downtown

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On View at SBMA

Italian Masterpieces in Botticelli, Titian and Beyond

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The Goodland

The Ultimate So Cal Retreat with pool, spa, bar, and more

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Lemon Tree Inn

Poolside rooms, deluxe Suites and Crocodile Restaurant & Bar


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Featured Events

2nd Fridays Art @ Santa ...
4.10.2015
Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
Every 2nd Friday,...More
Ladies Tasting
4.21.2015
Recurring monthly on the 21st
The last Monday of...More
Wine Country Bike Tour
3.29.2015
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
This trip takes us...More
Paul Gillis & Maura Bend...
3.31.2015
Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Paul Gillis uses...More
Santa Barbara Comedy Hid...
4.3.2015
Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Comedy Hideaway,...More
Tasty Cupcake and Wine t...
4.4.2015
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 ...
4.4.2015
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Shop for seasonal...More
1st Thursday
4.2.2015
Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
1st Thursday is an...More
Dannsair- Traditional Ir...
4.2.2015
Traditional Irish...More
Blur the Line - Live Mus...
4.2.2015
Live music at the...More
Public Star Party
4.17.2015 - 4.19.2019
See the wonders of...More
HH11 Dance Festival
3.29.2015 - 3.29.2015
Recurring daily
HH11 strives to bring together artists both...More
S.B. Audubon Presents "P...
3.29.2015 - 3.29.2015
Filmmaker Judy Irving presents the journey of...More
Monday at the Movies: Th...
3.30.2015 - 3.30.2015
Magnificent Seven is a 1960's reimagining of the...More
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