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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Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend
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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Saturday Apr 18, 2015

An acoustic evening with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-4946
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

An acoustic evening with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett (The guitarists of Little Feat), Inara George, and special guests Dishwalla in support of Safety Harbor Kids.

Birders Travelogue of Belize, Bolivia and Ecuador
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 2-5PM
  • Phone: 805-969-9990
  • Venue: Lotusland

Jeff Chemnick and Satie Airamé Birders Travelogue of Belize, Bolivia and Ecuador. Join Santa Barbara bird and botanical enthusiasts Jeff and Satie for an exciting photographic birder’s tour of Belize, Bolivia and Ecuador. The garden opens at 2:00 so you have time to explore the garden and see the FLOCK: Birds on the Brink exhibition. 

Carpinteria Greenhouse and Nursery Tour
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 11AM - 4PM
  • Phone: 805-576-7417

Come visit your local flower farmer and the beautiful blooms of Carpinteria during the 7th Annual Carpinteria Greenhouse & Nursery Tour! There will be a colorful array of flowers to see as you enjoy these farmer-guided tour. See our website for a map and more info!

Earth Day Eat Local Dinner
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 7-9:30PM
  • Address: 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: (805) 963- 0583 x108
  • Venue: Alameda Park

2nd annual Eat Local dinner serves up a 4-course, wine-paired menu by Executive Chef Jeff Olsson of local, seasonal ingredients from Fairview Farms paired with sustainable seafood, preceded by drink & hors d'oeuvres.

Guadalupe Walk and Talk
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 10-11AM
  • Location: The Dunes Center
  • Address: 1065 Guadalupe, Guadalupe, CA 93434
  • Phone: 805-343-2455

Join long time local, Shirley Boydstun on a walk around the historical town of Guadalupe. She will share her knowledge of the historic buildings and families that can still be seen today.

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • April 18, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Fisherman's Market, Farmers Market, gourmet shops
  • Address: Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-259-7229

Shop for seasonal local ingredients and learn how to use them to easily create delicious gourmet meals. Our hands-on cooking class is followed by a shared feast paired with wines.  Please call ahead or visit website to see the day's menu. 

Mystery in Masterpieces
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6428
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Diabolical clues and clever wordplay are the orders of the evening as the SBMA Women's Board, once again, presents the popular Mystery in Masterpieces. Clue Master Jamie Fleming and his inspired blend of treasure hunting and art appreciation challenge guests at this lively fundraiser.

Opening Reception: Teen Paranormal Romance

Join us for the West Coast premiere of Teen Paranormal Romance. Artworks in this exhibition function in response to "Teen Paranormal Romance" literary genre, characterized by adolescent romantic love and supernatural phenomena of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Painting in the Vineyard @ Kenneth Volk Vineyard
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 11AM
  • Location: Kenneth Volk Vineyard
  • Address: 5230 Tepusquet Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
  • Phone: 805-990-2105

Join us at the beautiful Kenneth Volk Vineyards Tasting Room in Santa Maria to grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush! The vineyard provides a beautiful, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine-lover in you. No previous painting experience necessary.

Poor Man's Whiskey, Dead Winter Carpenters

Poor Man's Whiskey bards a reputation for high-energy live shows with a fusion of folk, punk, rock and disco. Dead Winter Carpenters performs high-energy Americana rock n roll!

Providence Annual Benefit Auction & Dinner

Silent and live auctions and a prominent local speaker celebrate the work of Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School while raising support for the Tuition Angel scholarship program.

Sanford Winery's Vineyard Lunch
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: 11:30AM-2:30PM
  • Location: Sanford Winery & Vineyards
  • Address: 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: (805) 735-5900 ext. 9

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, lunch and breathtaking views at Sanford Winery. Sanford's estate vineyard is located in one of the most breathtakingly scenic locations along the West Coast.

Santa Barbara City College presents: Collective 2015
  • April 18, 2015
  • Times: Friday 7:30PM, Saturday 2PM & 7:30PM
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

Local, national, and international choreographers converge for SBCC's annual spring dance oncert, Collective, under artistic director Tracy R. Kofford. An eccentric evening of works presented by SBCC Dance, featuring choreography by SBCC faculty, student choreographers, danah bella DanceWorks, UCSB Student Company, the Los Olivos Dance Gallery, Thacher Dance Ensemble, and other Santa Barbara choreographic treasures. It's an evening of dance not to be missed.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • April 18, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:30 & 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom above Apero Bar & Tapas
  • Address: 532 State St (2nd floor), Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-364-2999

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

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2015
  • April 18, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday 11AM-7PM, Sunday 11AM-6PM
  • Location: Alameda Park
  • Address: 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0583
  • Venue: Alameda Park

Celebrate the Earth and environmental awareness in the town where Earth Day originated! Enjoy live music, Sustainable Organic food, an Eco-Market place, green car show, sports and plenty of Eco friendly vendors! 

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