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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.
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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
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
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
The Arts & Letters Café serves classic California cuisine with an emphasis on local seafood, all set in our beautiful courtyard in the heart of Historic Arts District in downtown Santa Barbara. We ...MORE
Bead Elements & Design Show (BEADS) will be at Fess Parker Doubletree in Santa Barbara on March 27 - 29, 2015. The show features artists, artisans, and handcraft merchants, offering their latest ...MORE
4th Annual Winter Wine Classic Enter Code SBWINTER ...MORE
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Santa Barbara El Paseo Wine Tour This 2.5 hour walking tour takes guests to 2 eateries and 5 wine tasting rooms. This historic tour of El Paseo and Presidio neighborhood starts in the heart of ...MORE
A new comedy based on a real event, LOOPED takes place in the summer of 1965, when a boozed-up Tallulah Bankhead needed eight hours to redub—or loop—one line of dialogue for what turned out to be her ...MORE
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
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
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
Eat, Drink, Paint and Discover your inner artist! We’re inviting you to grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush and meet us at your favorite vineyard. Bring your friends and capture the scenery on ...MORE
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
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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
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
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
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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