Santa Barbara Events

Santa Barbara Events & Festivals

Whatever time of year you visit Santa Barbara, you might want to make your to-do lists in pencil rather than pen. Year-round sunshine, ocean views and laid-back luxury set the stage for an abundance of festivals, concerts and special events.

Starting with the star-studded Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January/February), the calendar of The American Riviera® overflows with culture, color, food and fun. Signature events include Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Summer Solstice Parade, Harbor & Seafood Festival, Vintners' Festival, a month to savor santa barbara, Earth Day Festival and more.

And those are just the special events (though Santa Barbara does have a way of making almost any event special). Live music fills the air above the Santa Barbara Bowl from spring to fall. Local artisans share their work at arts and crafts shows every Sunday and 1st Thursday celebrations every month. Farmers markets, writing conferences, art exhibits, theater performances, lectures - whatever your passion, you'll find something wonderful during your stay. In fact, many somethings. So do bring you planner - just remember that pencil.

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Curate your own culture March 17 - May 31, 2014 with a collection of unforgettable experiences found only in The American Riviera®.

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Friday Apr 25, 2014

"The Consul" by Gian-Carlo Menotti
  • April 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 2 days
  • Times: April 25th 7:30PM, April 27th 2:30PM.
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-2222
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

The Consul tells the harrowing tale of a devoted wife and mother who clashes with bureaucracy of a nameless police state while trying to rescue her husband and secure freedom for her persecuted family. A true operatic Hitchcock set to music! 

"The Lost Eagle: The untold story of the legionary eagle on Rome's most famous statue"

The Prima Porta Augustus is the most famous and recognized marble statue from the Roman Empire, and a potent symbol of the triumph of the West over the East. The lecture is by Dr. Bridget Buxton of the University of Rhode Island and sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America. 

Artist Call: From Dusk ‘til Drawn: 24-Hour Drawing Rally

Friday, April 25 beginning at 5 pm through Saturday, April 26 Join us for the 5th annual From Dusk 'til Drawn: 24-Hour Drawing Rally! All drawings are sold to the public and proceeds are divided among the drawers and MCASB. FREE register to draw! Open to all ages! Must register by April 14.

Green Shorts Film Festival

Green Shorts is an International Film Festival showcasing independent films that promote environmental awareness. The festival's origins are rooted in Santa Barbara and have been an important part of the Earth Day celebration since 2008!

Lighthouse Lens Tour and Wine Tasting
  • April 25, 2014 - May 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Friday
  • Times: 4-5:30PM
  • Address: 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-962-8404 x 115
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the Point Conception Lighthouse First Order Fresnel Lens at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, led by the museum's Executive Director. This historic, 160-year old, 18-foot tall lens guided mariners around the most dangerous waters  along the Pacific Coast for more than 140 years. Tour is followed by a visit to the Maritime Museum's scenic fourth-floor Crow's Nest, offering the most scenic views in Santa Barbara, overlooking the Harbor, ocean and the Channel Island... Details

No Waste Earth Recycled Art Exhibition
  • April 25, 2014 - May 09, 2014
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Funded in part by an arts Enterprise Grant of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and Santa Barbara Foundation, " No Waste Earth" is a community art show exhibiting 10+ local artists and their works made from recycled materials. The works depict environmental themes the artists themselves are passionate about. 

Santa Barbara Fair & Expo
  • April 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: Las Positas Road at Hwy 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-687-0766
  • Venue: Earl Warren Showgrounds

The Santa Barbara Fair & Expo will feature carnival rides, games, contests, entertainment, exhibits, farm animals and more!

Santa Maria Strawberry Festival

The Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival is a fun, wholesome environment for the whole family! Enjoy daily workshops, pony and carnival rides, entertainment, food and of course Strawberries! 

SBCC Theatre Group Presents: Ground

For it's final offering in the 2013/2014 season, The Theatre Group at SBCC will present the new play GROUND. A play about a once tight-knit community that has recently been split by culture, law, visible and invisible boundaries due to the government crack down on undocumented immigrant populations. 

TGIF (Thank God It's Funky)
  • April 25, 2014
  • Times: 9:30PM
  • Address: 20 E. Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-4694
  • Venue: Blue Agave

Dress in your 70's Best for 70's Disco & Funk Night! Hosted by Disco Diva DJ Darla Bea. Rock the Boat, Do the Hustle & Pick up the Pieces!

The Molly Ringwald Project-Back to the 80's Night!

Boasting a Motley cast of characters from all over the Central Coast, the Molly Ringwald Project is an escape back to the days when music videos killed radio stars. 

The National and Portugal. The Man live at Santa Barbara Bowl
  • April 25, 2014
  • Times: 7PM
  • Address: 1122 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-7411
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Bowl

The National will provide an evening of live music to all their fans in Santa Barbara! Joining them will be very special guest Portugal. The Man.

Weekly Happy Hour at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
  • April 25, 2014
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-7776
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

WEEKLY Happy Hour Fridays from 5-8 pm (starting this Friday the 11th) inside SOhO and on our patio! Rain or shine, you'll get hooked up with: $4 draft beers, well drinks, and house wines, $4 appetizers off our new sustainable and local menu...sliders, pizza, calamari, tacos, ribs, baby kale salads and more! If you haven't tried the new menu, now's your chance! Fresh, organic juice cocktails with Vibrant Earth Juices, Free pool (with sign up board), Board Games. One thing's for certain...pigs wi... Details

"108 Spacks Street" An Exibhit Honoring Poet Barry Spacks

This exhibition honors Barry Spacks, artist, poet and Santa Barbara's 1st Poet Laureate.The exhibit features 108 of Spacks' paintings. Spacks was a practicing Buddhist and the number 108 is special because it represents the amount of beads on a Mala that represent auspicious occasions. 

"A Mad Tea-Party"
  • April 25, 2014 - May 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 116 East Yanonali St C-1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-637-3898
  • Venue: Wall Space Gallery

Usher in the spring with an exhibition that playfully examines codes of femininity in lush visual style. The exhibition invites viewers to reflect on gendered composure, etiquette, and the allure of the fashioned object during the season celebrated for sensory profusion.

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Sea Cave Kayak

Kayak and Snorkel Channel Islands National Park

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To anywhere in the world, Santa Barbara Airport!

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Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a cruise, accommodations for 2 & bottle of chardonnay

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Refresh & Renew

Welcome Back to the Newly Renovated Fess Parker Resort!

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Amgen: May 15

Catch the Action - Amgen Tour of CA returns to SB on May 15!

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