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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Winter Wine Classic – Sat., Feb. 20
Taste nearly 100 classic California wines of legendary stature in Santa Barbara at the Fess Parker Resort along with a wide variety of delectable wine-worthy gourmet morsels in this luxuriant wine and food celebration.

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Monday Feb 08, 2016

31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • February 08, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Phone: 805-963-0023

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Film enthusiasts can enjoy special panels, award ceremonies and 200+ films.

Eggs, Science, and a Work of Love with Terri Sheridan, Museum Librarian
  • February 08, 2016
  • Times: 6:30 PM - 8PM
  • Address: 18 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-682-4711 ext 170
  • Venue: Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has grown from a collection of 5000 eggs to a world-recognized Museum with scientific collections of more than three million specimens and artifacts. As Albert Einstein once remarked, it is a museum “built by the work of love.” 

Film Feast 2016
  • February 08, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Vary
  • Location: All around Santa Barbara!
  • Phone: 805-966-9222

It's Film Feast in Santa Barbara-where perfect pairings take center stage during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Explore the best plates and pours throughout Santa Barbara's many theatre districts during SBIFF.

Granada Theatre Film Series presents: South Pacific
  • February 08, 2016
  • Times: 2PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-2222
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, and based on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. South Pacific, which broke (and still holds) the record for the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. A classic in its form, don’t miss this chance to see South Pacific in the theater!

Pizza & Prosecco

Start your week off right with Pizza and Prosecco at Santa Barbara's most beautiful ocean front setting. Executive Chef, Alessandro Cartumini's creative and robust pizzas paired with endless Italian bubbles will make Monday nights the best night of your week!

SBIFF Presents: Outstanding Performers of the Year Award: Brie Larson & Saoirse Ronan

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present the 2016 Outstanding Performers of the Year award to both Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan on Monday February 8, SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling announced today. This is the first time the award will be given to two honorees. Both Larson and Ronan had previously been awarded the festival's Virtuoso Award, in 2014 and 2010 respectively. The duo will be celebrated for their remarkable performances in Room and Brooklyn.

Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations
  • February 08, 2016 - January 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Satellite @ Hotel Indigo
  • Address: 121 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-5373
  • Venue: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara presents Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations, a group exhibition of nine Santa Barbara County artists that explores the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence. In our daily comings and goings, within and around us, things are in a constant state of transformation: clouds, currency, alliances, and surfaces, to name just a few. While passing through space, sitting still, or inter... Details

2 Hr. Morning Sailing Cruise (Children's Discount)

Join the Sunset Kidd, a 41 ft. Sailing Yacht for a 2 Hr. Morning Cruise. Bring food or snacks, drinks on board for purchase. Pets allowed. Limited seats, never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum. Call to get tickets or book online. Explore Santa Barbara from the Pacific Ocean!

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • February 08, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM -12PM or 1PM- 3PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

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.

2016 Go Red with Macy’s
  • February 08, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: All Day
  • Address: 701 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Macy's

The 2016 Go Red with Macy’s event runs in store February 3 - February 8, 2016, where customers can save by giving back to the cause! Customers are encouraged to wear red or purchase the official Red Dress pin for $3, and receive a 25% discount on most purchases storewide.

Award Winning Wine Tasting Tours. Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Sailing Cruises
  • February 08, 2016 - November 10, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Please visit our website for event times
  • Address: 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-564-1819
  • Venue: Captain Jack's Tours & Events

Captain Jack's does it all. 5 different wine tasting tours daily. Horseback riding, sailboat cruises, kayaking, whale watching trips & more. Visit their website for details and rates. 

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • February 08, 2016
  • 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.

Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France
  • February 08, 2016 - March 19, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Saturdays, 11am-5pm
  • Address: 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-565-6162
  • Venue: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art will feature 30 Barbizon, Realist, and Impressionist works by 19th century artists working in France. Sisley, Cassatt, Morisot, Corot, Courbet, and more. 

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • February 08, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

On view from the Permanent Collection of Casa Dolores, works of art in clay, leather, wood, textile and silver, representing the vast regions of Mexico and artisan craft traditions of the 20th century. Roger Brown ceramics in garden. In English and Spanish. Exhibition ongoing.

DeeTours –City and Wine Tours in One-Of-A-Kind Jeep Limo
  • February 08, 2016
  • 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

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Beachfront with complimentary WiFi & 2 wine tasting tickets

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Renew, Revive

Celebrate 2016 - Treat Yourself to Romance on the Riviera

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Film Feast 2016

Sip, savor and stay during Film Feast in Santa Barbara!

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