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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, epicure.sb: 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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Monday Jul 28, 2014


"Lasting Impressions"
  • July 28, 2014 - July 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-688-7517

Award winning pastel artists, Kris Buck and Terri Taber will exhibit their plein air paintings at Gallery Los Olivos throughout month of July

¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • July 28, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Exhibit examines the history of lotería in Mexico which combines graphic images of iconic symbols and objects of everyday life, called out with clues or improvised riddle. Lotería continues to be a subject of fascination in popular culture, from song to tattoo art.

Funk Zone Tasting Pass
  • July 28, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: All day
  • Location: Funk Zone
  • Phone: 800-936-3126

The Funk Zone Tasting Pass gives you the opportunity to explore a unique selection of the great wineries in the neatest, grooviest part of Santa Barbara at your leisure. The pass includes one (1) tasting at each of the eight (8) wineries from the date of purchase until August 24th.

Jazz Jam with Jeff Elliott
  • July 28, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Times: 7:30PM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-7776
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

Sraight ahead jazz with local musicians sitting in. This show is all ages. Please call for a dinner reservation to ensure priority seating. 

Las Pinturas de la Fiesta

Special exhibit works include folklorico paintings from Mexico, Los Angeles, historical paintings of las Doñas of the Casa de la Guerra and iconic images of Fiesta.

Mbuti: Children of the Forest
  • July 28, 2014 - September 15, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-10PM
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805.969.3626, ext. 103

This photographic exhibition and accompanying short film explore the culture of the Mbuti, the pygmy hunter-gatherers of the Congo Rainforest. Opening talk and reception on Sunday, July 20 from 2-5P. 

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • July 28, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7AM or 8AM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

If this is your first time kayaking Channel Islands National Park, then this is where you want to go. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.

The Lindy Circle: Swing Dance Lessons at UCSB
  • July 28, 2014 - August 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Address: 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117
  • Venue: Goleta Valley Community Center

The Lindy Circle is a student-run organization dedicated to teaching Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. We welcome everyone with an interest in swing dancing to come check us out! Our lessons are free! 7 to 8pm: Intermediate lesson -- 8 to 9pm: Beginner lesson -- 9-10pm: Open Dance Practice to DJ music.

Zoo Camp
  • July 28, 2014 - August 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: 8AM-5:15PM
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-5339
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Voted “Best Summer Camp” by readers of the Santa Barbara Independent and the News Press for 15 consecutive years! The wildest summer camp in town just got better, offering half-day and full day week-long camp for ages 3 to 12. New Conservation Crew for older kids, ages 9 to 12, includes field trips.

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • July 28, 2014 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

This Exhibition will explore the history if the significance of the Tree of Life in Mexico. Ranging from a traditional wedding gift, to being used as a religious education tool between friars and Native Americans when the Spanish first came to the country. 

14th Annual Buddha Abides
  • July 28, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sat 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Now in its fourteenth year, Buddha Abides provides a forum where Buddhist influenced work by local, contemporary artists is shown, appreciated and purchased.

Butterflies Alive!

Experience the magic of Butterflies Alive! as you stroll through a beautiful garden filled with flowers, luscious greenery, and hundreds of free-flying butterflies. See one of nature's most beautiful ambassadors and reconnect with nature.

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • July 28, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursdays 5-8PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.  

Experience Early California Art!
  • July 28, 2014 - September 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-1601
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

We invite you to explore Impressions In Ink - Etchings From The Collection.  Impressions In Ink features prints by Santa Barbara artists Henry Chapman Ford (1828 – 1894), Marian Hebert (1899 – 1960), Edward Borein (1872 – 1945), Carl Oscar Borg (1879 – 1947), and Reginald Vaughan (1870 – 1958). The exhibition will present a variety of subject matter, from the California Missions to local scenes, seascapes, and desert landscapes, with much of the work fres... Details

Food, Beer, and Wine Tour of Santa Barbara
  • July 28, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11:30AM - 3:00PM
  • Address: Meets near State and Montecito Streets. (Exact meeting location provided when ticket purchased.), Contact us or Visit us Online for more information,
  • Venue: Food Tours - Savor Santa Barbara

Eat and drink like a local! Combining 7 distinct tastings of food, beer, and wine, you'll experience some of the oldest and newest eateries with local history, culture and architecture, while strolling the off-the-beaten path.

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