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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

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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

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 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

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

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2015
  • Alameda Park
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Information: (805) 963-0583
Allan Hancock Art Gallery
  • 800 South College Drive
  • Santa Maria, CA 93441
  • Information: (805) 922-6966
American Harp Society, Santa Barbara Chapter
  • Santa Barbara Chapter
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (205) 795-7130
Antioch University Gallery
  • 801 Garden Street Suite 101
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 962-8179
Apple Lane Orchards, Solvang
  • 1200 Alamo Pintado Rd
  • Solvang, CA 93463
  • Information: 805-688-5481
Aquarius Productions
  • P.O. Box 30155
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93013
  • Information: 805.882.0070
Arlington Center for the Performing Arts
  • 1317 State St.
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Information: (805) 963-9589

One of the finest theatres around!

Art Without Limits
  • 816 Chelham Way
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Information: 805.565.1332
Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UCSB
  • UCSB
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Information: (805) 893-2951
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