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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
12th Annual California Wine Festival - Santa Barbara ...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 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
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
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
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Join Amoraea Dreamseed for the Tree of Life Ceremon on August 22d. This will be a full sensory experience and includes visuals and live performance a ... <<More