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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.


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Tuesday Sep 23, 2014


¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • September 23, 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.

Art from Scrap Presents: To the Sea
  • September 23, 2014 - October 04, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Curated by artist Holly Mackay, To The Sea is an all ages collaborative installation and playful call to action aiming to empower and engage the community in finding solutions to the growing problem of plastics in our environment, specifically in our water.  

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • September 23, 2014
  • 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.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • September 23, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

Paul Gillis & Maura Bendette at Cabana Home
  • September 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 10AM-6PM Mon-Sat
  • Location: Funk Zone
  • Address: 111 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-0200

Paul Gillis uses paint and graphite in a labor intensive process to create graphic paintings that reveal the geometry of shadows. Maura Bendette's recent work combines painting and sculpture, resulting in complex intertwining of 3-dimensional paintings that she displays on custom-made pedestals

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • September 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

A relaxing day paddling along the Santa Barbara waterfront. We “put-in” at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson. Our journey takes us through the harbor, along secluded beaches, past sea lions and kelp forests and around the historic pier.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • September 23, 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.

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • September 23, 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. 

DeeTours –City and Wine Tours in One-Of-A-Kind Jeep Limo
  • September 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily Departures to Accommodate Guests
  • Location: Call for meeting location
  • Address: P.O. Box 90251, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
  • Phone: 805-448-8425

90 minutes narrated city tour of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Highlights include the Mission, El Presidio, Wharf/Harbor, Courthouse, family fun spots, celebrity trivia and a breathtaking view from the Riviera. Small lap dogs welcome. The wine tour takes you to 4 vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Included are your tasting fees and an organic picnic lunch. Visit Solvang (Danish Community), do some olive oil tasting and stop by the 125 year old Cold Springs Tavern (optional).Or visit... Details

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • September 23, 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.  

Early Bird Flea Market
  • September 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday
  • Times: 7AM-6PM
  • Address: Las Positas Road at Hwy 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-258-1765
  • Venue: Earl Warren Showgrounds

Come join us @ Earl Warren Showgrounds located 3400 Calle Real (exit Las Positas.) We have more than 70 local vendors offering you tons of merchandise; antiques, jewelry, used & new items,tools, nursery, fresh produce, fresh locally grown strawberries, and much more free Admission & Parking.

Experience Early California Art!
  • September 23, 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
  • September 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11:30AM or 12:30PM depending on day
  • Location: Rudy's Mexican Restaurant
  • Address: 305 W. Montecito Street, Santa Barbar, CA
  • Phone: 18006560713
  • 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. Call for more details. 

In the Valley Menu – Every Tuesday @ The Los Olivos Café
  • September 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 5PM-Close
  • Address: 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-688-7265
  • Venue: Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant

To show our appreciation for all of our local diners, Chef Shaun King has prepared a special dining menu for you on Tuesday evenings at The Los Olivos Café. Chef King has prepared a 3-course menu that will feature a variety of Santa Ynez Valley themes, including local farmers, wines and cuisine. Join us at the café to participate in this special menu opportunity for locals only. You must mention the ‘In the Valley' menu, as it is an offer for our friends of the café o... Details

Nihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara Japanese American Community in Transistion,1900-1940
  • September 23, 2014
  • Times: 10:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Location: El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Nohinmachi Revisited covers forty years of life in Santa Barbara's Nihonmachi, or Japan Town, which was located on the Presidio site during the first half of the 20th century. The exhibit includes rarely seen historic photographs donated by local families accounts of life in Nihonmachi from members of the community and beautifully reconstructed Japanese ceramics excavated ons site. 

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