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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Friday Jul 25, 2014

"Lasting Impressions"
  • July 25, 2014 - July 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-688-7517

Award winning pastel artists, Kris Buck and Terri Taber will exhibit their plein air paintings at Gallery Los Olivos throughout month of July

Asian American Film Series: Anita Ho
  • July 25, 2014
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Alhecama Theatre
  • Address: 914 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093

Join us at the 5th annual Asian American Film Series. Anita Ho (2006 - 74 min): A Korean American man meets his Chinese American girlfriend's parents for the first time. Drama, cultural struggles, and laughter ensue in this upbeat romantic comedy.

Funk Zone Tasting Pass
  • July 25, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: All day
  • Location: Funk Zone
  • Phone: 800-936-3126

The Funk Zone Tasting Pass gives you the opportunity to explore a unique selection of the great wineries in the neatest, grooviest part of Santa Barbara at your leisure. The pass includes one (1) tasting at each of the eight (8) wineries from the date of purchase until August 24th.

  • July 25, 2014 - August 10, 2014
  • Times: Various times
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

Joshua Sobol's powerful play based on true events about residents of a wartime Jewish ghetto who entertain the Nazis in exchange for their lives. Not suitable for children. Contains adult themes, gunfire, loud noises.Directed by Ed Giron, Music Director Bill Waxman. Visit website for a full schedule and times.July 18-20; 25-27; Aug 1-3; 8-10.   

Las Pinturas de la Fiesta

Special exhibit works include folklorico paintings from Mexico, Los Angeles, historical paintings of las Doñas of the Casa de la Guerra and iconic images of Fiesta.

Mbuti: Children of the Forest
  • July 25, 2014 - September 15, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-10PM
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805.969.3626, ext. 103

This photographic exhibition and accompanying short film explore the culture of the Mbuti, the pygmy hunter-gatherers of the Congo Rainforest. Opening talk and reception on Sunday, July 20 from 2-5P. 

Native Trees of California
  • July 25, 2014 - August 01, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 1-3PM
  • Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2126
  • Phone: 805-682-4726
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Come learn some of the common and unusual trees native to California that are growing in the Garden through walks in the Garden and indoor reviews with instructor Mary Carroll.

Orlando, Virginia Woolf’s novel adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl
  • July 25, 2014 - July 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 8-10PM
  • Location: Java Station
  • Address: 4447 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA

Woolf’s Orlando, called the “longest love letter ever to be written in literary history” spans five centuries as Orlando seeks to find meaning in life through love, adventure, and poetry. Orlando is performed at multiple venues, reserve your tickets at!

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • July 25, 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
  • July 25, 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.

Slightly Stoopid w/ Cypress Hill and Stephen Marley
  • July 25, 2014
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Address: 1122 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-7411
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Bowl

Slightly Stoopud will bring their "SUMMER SESSIONS 2014" tour to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday, July 25th with special guests Cypress Hill and Stephen Marley. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 4th @ 4 pm.

Summer Film Series Presents: Sherlock Jr.

In this ingenious, oft-imitated classic (see Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo), Buster Keaton plays a lovelorn film projectionist who falls asleep and dreams he's jumped into the movie screen, interacting with the actors and turning into the ace detective of his wildest cinema fantasies.

Weekly Happy Hour at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

WEEKLY Happy Hour Fridays from 5-8 pm (starting this Friday the 11th) inside SOhO and on our patio! Rain or shine, you'll get hooked up with: $4 draft beers, well drinks, and house wines, $4 appetizers off our new sustainable and local menu...sliders, pizza, calamari, tacos, ribs, baby kale salads and more! If you haven't tried the new menu, now's your chance! Fresh, organic juice cocktails with Vibrant Earth Juices, Free pool (with sign up board), Board Games. One thing's for certain...pigs wi... Details

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • July 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM
  • 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.

Wine Notes at Milo

We're teaming up with Californian elite sommeliers from Les Marchands for Wine Notes at Milo. Les Marchands co-founders, Master Sommelier Brian McClintic and Food & Wine magazine's 2014 Sommelier of the Year Eric Railsback will lead the wine filled series! Visit our website for a full schedule.

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