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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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Celebrate Santa Barbara’s best at Bacara Resort, including Apprentice Winemaker Kurt Russell, at this event benefiting The Julia Child Foundation. (photo: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University)



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Sunday Mar 01, 2015


"Grasshopper for Grandpa" Screening
  • March 01, 2015
  • Times: 2:30 PM
  • Location: Marjorie Luke Theatre
  • Address: 721 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Come see the heartfelt documentary about Jimmy's Oriental Gardens that explores why it was so special to so many people. And why the special few who made Jimmy's possible, like owner Tommy Chung and 22-year bartender Willy Gilbert, had that effect on so many patrons and passersby.

In The Red and Brown Water
  • March 01, 2015
  • Times: 2 PM
  • Location: Hatlen Theater at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Phone: 805-893-2064

Yoruba mythology and contemporary poets, this first work in 2013 MacArthur fellow Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy tells a coming-of-age story set in a Louisiana bayou housing project. This riveting play is often described as a theatrical poem encompassing story, dance and song.

LIVE in the Winery present Chuck Cannon
  • March 01, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Standing Sun Wines
  • Address: 92 Second Street, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-691-9413

Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents "Chuck Cannon" with Patty Castillo and Gib Foss opening!  Reserved Seating Food by Valle Fresh Catering

PCPA presents: Peter and the Starcatcher
  • March 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Showtimes: 1:30PM & 7PM
  • Address: 800 S. College Drive, , CA 93454
  • Phone: 805-922-8313
  • Venue: PCPA Theaterfest

Based on the novel by Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatcher is the grownup's prequel to Peter Pan. This multi-Tony winner turns the legend of Peter Pan on its head with a madly theatrical and ingenious reboot of how a wretched orphan became The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.

Perfect Pairings at the Public Market
  • March 01, 2015
  • Times: 4-7PM
  • Address: 38 West Victoria (at Chapala) #120, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-770-7702
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Public Market

Feed your curiosity and come sample delicious and free "Perfect Pairings" at the Santa Barbara Public Market. Public Market merchants are "pairing up" with each other to create inventive food samplings using each other's ingredients, and playing off of all the food synergies that exist between purveyors across the Market. 

Peter Bradley Adams

Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo, Eastmountainstouh, signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band).  Since then Peter has released four solo records and has been described as one of the "21st-century writers whose songs are worth exploring."

SQUARE PEG/SHERPA CONCERTS PRESENT Maria Bamford
  • March 01, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Maria started her performing arts career in Duluth, Minnesota at the age of 11 where she starred in the Chester Park Elementary production of How the West Was REALLY Won! A short number of decades later and look at her now! Rolling Stone just named her one of their 50 Funniest People!

UCSB Arts & Lectures: Extreme Planet
  • March 01, 2015
  • Times: 3PM
  • Location: Campbell Hall
  • Address: University of California, Bldg. 402, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: UCSB Arts & Lectures

Photographer and filmmaker Carsten Peter has captured never-before-seen images of places few humans have dared to go, from active volcanoes to monster storms in Tornado Alley. This lecture part of the National Geographic Live Series.         

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • March 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

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.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Barbara

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.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • March 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily: 10:30AM returning at 5:30PM
  • Address: We pick you up from any Santa Barbara hotel., , CA
  • Phone: 805-705-0562
  • Venue: Adventure Hummer and Backroads Wine Tours

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.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • March 01, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores presents the new exhibition, BANDERA WARE: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolución a República. The exhibition gives light to a rare style of earthenware ceramics created in Jalisco utilizing colors of the Mexican flag (la bandera). The unique mix of green, white and red appear in flora, fauna and abstract design of the bandera-ware, referencing symbols and history of the flag itself.

Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
  • March 01, 2015 - May 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM; Chase Free Thur 5-8PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6430
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This beautiful and powerfully moving exhibition explores the evolution of Italian painting over five centuries, from late medieval works of the 14th century to Impressionist pictures of the 19th. Drawn from the Glasgow Museums' outstanding Italian holdings, the show features works by some of the greatest masters of the these periods, including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Signorelli, and Titian; many of the pictures have never before be... Details

Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruises

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.

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise
  • March 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Fridays 3-5PM, Saturday 10AM-12PM, 3-5PM and Sunday 10AM-12PM
  • Location: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
  • Address: Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805-568-2460

Naturalist-guided cruise on Cachuma Lake focuses on wildlife, flora, cultural history, and geology.  

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