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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
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
5th Annual Winter Wine Classic Saturday, February 20, 2016 ...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
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 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 Wine Tours in The Historic Downtown Presidio Neighborhood Our 3 hour El Paseo Wine & Photo walking tour takes guests to 2 eateries and 5 wine tasting rooms for sips of 10 different ...MORE
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 globe ...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
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) advances creativity and inspires critical thinking through meaningful engagement with the art of our time. Open since 1976, MCASB is the premier ...MORE
Founded in 1947, the Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classical musicians. The Academy provides these promising musicians ...MORE
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