Santa Barbara Arts & Culture

Santa Barbara Arts & Culture

Arts and culture lovers take note: plan ahead! In fact, treat a visit to Santa Barbara the way you might a trip to Chicago or New York (with a lot more sunshine and fresh air) - you don't want the stand-out memory of your trip to be what you didn't get to see. To help you hit it all, visit Culture 101—your go-to guide to over 101 art and cultural attractions in Santa Barbara, all just off Highway 101!

Pick your passion and explore it further here. Or follow a tried and true route to cultural bliss with one of these itineraries:

Besides annual arts events and festivals, Santa Barbara offers time-tested standbys: monthly 1st Thursdays, when galleries extend their hours and downtown streets become outdoor stages, and Sundays all year, when Cabrillo Boulevard transforms into a stretching seaside celebration of local arts and crafts.

To learn more about upcoming events, festivals, live performances, gallery hops and more, sign up for our Arts & Culture enewsletter

Featured Partner – October 2015
Santa Barbara shines with a month-long celebration of cuisine, libations & culture. Taste & toast to special events, menus, tasting flights & much more.


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A Santa Barbara Trolley Company
  • Tour Pick-up: State St. & Cabrillo Blvd.
  • Mailing: 23 East Cabrillo Blvd.
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 965-0353

TROLLEY TOURS Welcome aboard Santa Barbara Trolley Tours, formerly known as Santa Barbara Old Town Trolley! We offer fully-narrated tours packed with anecdotes and well-researched historical ...MORE

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Santa Barbara
  • 1 Garden Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 603-5620

Turn Santa Barbara into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure.  Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour.  Guided from any smart phone, teams make ...MORE

Architectural Foundation of SB
  • 229 E. Victoria Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 965-6307

Founded in 1983, the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is a public non-profit charitable corporation. With the goal of enhancing our community's awareness and appreciation of architecture and ...MORE

Bead Elements and Design Show
  • The Fess Parker, A Double Tree Resort
  • 633 E Cabrillo Blvd
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Information: (530) 274-1101

Bead Elements & Design Show (BEADS) will be at Fess Parker Doubletree in Santa Barbara on Oct 30-Nov 1, 2015. The show features artists, artisans, and handcraft merchants, offering their latest ...MORE

California Wine Festival
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93190
  • Information: 1-800-936-3126

  5th Annual Winter Wine Classic Saturday, February 20, 2016 ...MORE

Carriage and Western Arts Museum of Santa Barbara
  • 129 Castillo Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 962-2353

The Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara was founded in 1972 and is located in Pershing Park near the waterfront in Santa Barbara, CA.The collection consists of over 50 saddles once ...MORE

Casa del Herrero
  • 1387 East Valley Road
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Information: (805) 565-5653

Noted  as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America, the 1925 Casa del Herrero, in January 2009, was designated a National Historic Landmark. Designed by George ...MORE

Center Stage Theater
  • 751 Paseo Nuevo
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 963-8198

An intimate black box theater with weekly performances by a variety of artists and companies, located in Paseo Nuevo in the heart of the downtown Santa Barbara cultural district.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • Ocean Science Education Bldg 514, MC-6155
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155
  • Information: (805) 966-7107

Close to Santa Barbara, yet worlds apart, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the ocean environment surrounding five of the eight California Channel Islands - Anacapa, Santa Cruz, ...MORE

Classic Wine Tours of Santa Barbara
  • We pickup at your hotel or residence
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93140
  • Information: (805) 453-4063

All inclusive Tour, Wine Tasting Fees Included! Artisan Sandwich Picnic Lunch Included! Small Groups, No Crowds! Estate Winery Visits & Small Boutiqoue Wineries!  Olive Oil Tastings! Educational & ...MORE

Coastal Concierge
  • 27 West Anapamu Street
  • Suite 122
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-265-6065

At Coastal Concierge we pride ourselves in being Santa Barbara’s premier vendor of private wine tours. The relationships we have formed with Central Coast wineries and local hotels allow us to provide ...MORE

DeeTours of Santa Barbara
  • Call for more information
  • P.O. Box 90251
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93190
  • Information: (805) 448-8425

DeeTours offers personalized tours in our stretch Jeep Limo or mini-Jeep Limo! Jeep top can be on or off, you decide! WINE COUNTRY adventure (6hrs, but can be customized for a shorter tour) --mini ...MORE

Eat This, Shoot That! Food and Wine Tours
  • Exact locations provided with purchase of tour tickets
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93121
  • Information: (800) 656-0713

Santa Barbara El Paseo Wine Tour This 2.5-3 hour walking tour takes guests to 2 eateries and 5 wine tasting rooms for sips of 9 different wines. This historic tour of El Paseo and Presidio ...MORE

El Presidio de Santa Barbara
  • 123 E. Canon Perdido St.
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-966-9719

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic
  • 33 West Victoria Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-965-5400

Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara (ETC) cut the ribbon today on its new home, the New Vic. After several years of planning, ETC has completed its extensive renovation of the 80-year old ...MORE

Eye See Santa Barbara Photography Tours
  • Santa Barbara, CA

Eye See Santa Barbara Photography tours are two-hour sessions open to anyone who would like to learn the right techniques to make their photos stand out, no matter the type of camera they use. From a ...MORE

Food Tours - Santa Barbara Tasting Tours
  • State & Victoria Streets
  • Exact meeting location provided upon ticket purchase
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-295-TOUR

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours offers intimate food walking tours in downtown Santa Barbara and gives guests an up close and personal look into the local food scene and the history of the area. As we ...MORE

Food Tours - Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours
  • Please Call or Visit Our Website for More Information
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 633-0707

Treat yourself to an afternoon of food, fun, drinks and facts about and in downtown Santa Barbara. This waking food and drink tour is an amazing way to get to know the beautiful city.   This ...MORE

Granada Theatre
  • 1214 State Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: 805-899-2222

The beautifully restored Granada in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara is a landmark theatre and year-round performing arts venue featuring some of the finest entertainment in the region. The Granada ...MORE

Gypsy Studios
  • Santa Ynez, CA, CA
  • Information: (805) 990-2105

Discover your inner artist at a Painting in the Vineyard event! We invite you to grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush and join us for a fun and relaxing outdoor experience. Bring your friends and ...MORE

Hidden Oaks Clubhouse
  • 4760 Calle Camarada
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93110-2053
  • Information: (805) 967-5574

Our ranch-style clubhouse overlooks a beautiful Billy Casper designed executive nine golf course and the Santa Ynez mountains. Manicured lawns, pond, pool deck and event rooms with oak floors and ...MORE

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
  • 21 W. Anapamu Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 962-5322

Hours of Operation Wednesday thru Sunday 12:00 pm - 4 pm Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents.The ...MORE

Lobero Theatre
  • 33 East Canon Perdidio Street
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 966-4946

The Lobero Theatre is Santa Barbara's premier performing arts venue, featuring an exciting variety of modern dance, ballet,  jazz, lectures, classical music, opera and contemporary music performances. ...MORE

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  • Directions to the Visitor Entrance will be provided on receipt of your reservation.
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  • Information: 805-969-9990

Ganna Walska Lotusland, the 37-acre estate of the late Madame Ganna Walska located in Montecito, is a rare botanical nirvana. Lotusland features an enormous diversity of exotic plants from around the ...MORE

Market Forays
  • 814 San Roque Rd.
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Information: 805-259-7229

When you want the ultimate Locavore experience, Market Forays is for you. I have been a passionate supporter of local agriculture since moving to Santa Barbara from France in 1983, and I will engage ...MORE

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