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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.
Santa Barbara's ultimate summer sports festival includes activities such as ocean swimming, fishing, water polo, volleyball, beach biathlon, 15k road race, sailing, gymnastics, softball, semipro baseball, tug-of-war and the perennial favorite, the Krazy Kardboard Kayak Race plus many others!
Fridays after 5:00 pm admission to Santa Barbara Rock Gym is only $7.50. Fun for climbers of all ages and ability levels
Glam rapper/rocker Mickey Avalon performs live at Velvet Jones. 21 + event.
As part of the Music Academy of the West's Summer Festival, Pianist Jeremy Denk will appear as a pianist and leader in an all-Mozart program he will create exclusively for the Music Academy. One of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists, pianist Jeremy Denk is the winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award.
Get ready for a full day at sea! Explore Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the world! Painted Cave is within a Marine Protected Area and also a part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. After exploring the cave, you can go snorkeling too. Breakfast and lunch included.
Enjoy Pure Order's full line up of brews, local food trucks and good music!
Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national TV to Santa Barbara. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at www.SBcomedy.com
Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents "Fairground Saints." Reserved Seating. Food will be available from Al Fresco Picnic.
There's no better place to celebrate your 4th of July weekend than the rooftop of the Canary Hotel. Sip some delicious cocktails, dance to specially curated beats from We The Beat and a performance by Mexico City Blondes, and enjoy those gorgeous SB sunsets!
This trip takes us into the heart of the Santa Barbara’s wine country, home to several very popular California vintners. We depart by van in the morning and head to the Foxen Canyon Trail or Santa Rita Hills, perfect for cycling through scenic vineyards and ranch lands.
The Santa Barbara coastline offers several fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. We will teach you the basics of surfing on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. This is a great way to get a taste of surfing in just a few hours.
Turn Santa Barbara into a giant gameboard with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Part amazing race, part city tour, your adventure is guided from any smart phone. Teams solve clues and complete challenges while seeing the sights and learning local history.
Join our award winning wine tour to see and experience the wine country on Santa Barbara backroads. Follow the old stagecoach route to world renowned vineyards with our expert guide. Your epicurean experience is a VIP event that includes about 25 wine tastings and a delicious lunch prepared for you.
Curator Jeremy Tessmer has assembled modernist / minimalist paintings and sculptures from the 1950s to the present day that exhibit traces of the detachment implied by coolness. Many are bright and colorful, though, reminding us that 'cool' is neither too hot nor too cold. There are also nods to surf culture and to skate culture, to graphic design and to product design. There are contemporary works, by artists based in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, that both reflect coolness and critique it...
Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists lead 2-hour cruises that focus on bald eagles, local birds and migratory birds, local wildlife, flora, geology, and Native American and settler history.
Explore the world’s largest Sea Cave by kayak!
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