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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Curate your own culture March 17 - May 31, 2014 with a collection of unforgettable experiences found only in The American Riviera®.

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Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Film Screening: Odayaka
  • April 22, 2014
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Pollock Theater UCSB
  • Address: UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-5903

Odayaka is a film that exposed the controversial reactions to the Fukashima nuclear fallout. Indie helmer Nobutero Uchida vents his frustration, in sarcastic tones, with many Japanese citizens' differing attitudes toward the crisis, describing civilian backlash against individuals who express deep anxiety about radiation. 

Jazz at the Lobero presents: Regina Carter-Southern Comfort
  • April 22, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

The MacArthur "Genius" Award Recipient continues her explorations with Southern Comfort, a reflection on the music of her father's Alabama Childhood. 

No Waste Earth Recycled Art Exhibition
  • April 22, 2014 - May 09, 2014
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Funded in part by an arts Enterprise Grant of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and Santa Barbara Foundation, " No Waste Earth" is a community art show exhibiting 10+ local artists and their works made from recycled materials. The works depict environmental themes the artists themselves are passionate about. 

Take-Out Lunch Yoga
  • April 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 12-12:50PM
  • Location: Salt Cave
  • Address: 740 State Street, Basement Level, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-7258

Escape the clutches of the work day and enter the embrace of the healing Salt Cave with a gentle flow Yoga class.

UCSB Arts and Lectures Presents: Abraham.In.Motion
  • April 22, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Campbell Hall
  • Address: University of California, Bldg. 402, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: UCSB Arts & Lectures

One of the most groundbreaking and sought-after artists of recent years, Kyle Abraham creates a conversation of movement that is fresh, unique and innovative. In his newest work, Pavement, he layers urban and classical dance influences that were inspired by 1991's Boyz n the Hood. 

When the Lights Go Out
  • April 22, 2014 - April 23, 2014
  • Times: 7PM
  • Address: 414 North Salsipuedes, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Venue: Carr Winery

One of the leading groups in this post-cirque, post-neo-burlesque movement, Zen Arts, will be teaming up with artists from Santa Barbara to create When the Lights Go Out. The show will feature music teamed with acrobats, dancers to bring you a twisted and provocative performance!

"108 Spacks Street" An Exibhit Honoring Poet Barry Spacks

This exhibition honors Barry Spacks, artist, poet and Santa Barbara's 1st Poet Laureate.The exhibit features 108 of Spacks' paintings. Spacks was a practicing Buddhist and the number 108 is special because it represents the amount of beads on a Mala that represent auspicious occasions. 

"A Mad Tea-Party"
  • April 22, 2014 - May 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 116 East Yanonali St C-1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-637-3898
  • Venue: Wall Space Gallery

Usher in the spring with an exhibition that playfully examines codes of femininity in lush visual style. The exhibition invites viewers to reflect on gendered composure, etiquette, and the allure of the fashioned object during the season celebrated for sensory profusion.

"Jimmy's Chinatown" Art Show
  • April 22, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Location: Three Pickles @ the Pickle Room
  • Address: 126 E. Canon Perdid St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 760-525-8135

An exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy's Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as athe subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy will honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy Chung and his family, as well as the neighborhood. 

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • April 22, 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. 

"Vishnu and Others"
  • April 22, 2014 - May 30, 2014
  • Times: 9AM-2PM
  • Address: 229 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-6307
  • Venue: Architectural Foundation of SB

An exhibition of abstract paintings by Julie Young. Inspired by natural landscapes, Julie abstract paintings convey an approximation of sensations experienced with particular environments. The exhibition title refers to the Vishnu Basement Rocks, exposed granite layers in the Grand Canyon's inner gorge that inspired the artist's work after a recent visit. 

April Showers, an exhibition of Erin Williams
  • April 22, 2014 - April 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-6PM
  • Location: Bella Rosa Galleries
  • Address: 1103State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bella Rosa Galleries presents April Showers, a solo exhibition of new work by watercolorist Erin Williams. April Showers will feature Erin's vibrant, large-scale paintings of seascapes and flowers that capture the divinity and beauty of nature. An artists reception will be held April 3rd from 5-8PM. 

Backstage Passes at the Santa Barbara Zoo
  • April 22, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 1:30-3:30PM (weekdays only) dates are subject to availability
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-5339 x 151
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Ideal for kids, this is a fun and interactive, up-close and personal experience which allows guests ages five and up to work alongside an experienced zookeeper for 1½ hours as part of one of four Backstage Pass packages: Barnyard:  Guests enter the barnyard and learn first-hand the ins and outs of caring for three heritage breeds that played a part in California ranching history: Guinea hogs, Navajo-Churro sheep, and San Clemente Island goats. Feathered Friends:  Guests joi... Details

Bee Cell: A Video Environment
  • April 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum hours: 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-682-4711

The Bee Cell invites Museum visitors to immerse themselves in a proxy bee hive where scale and viewpoint are altered for a new perspective on bees and our relationships to them. 

Beyond the Exhibits: Secrets of the Museum Collections
  • April 22, 2014 - May 29, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday
  • Times: 2PM
  • Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: (805) 682-4711 x 450
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Book now for one of Santa Barbara’s most exclusive scientific and cultural experiences! Join our curators for an exclusive peek into the zoological collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Come see giant squid and nautilus, mountain lions and bats, hummingbirds and the Museum's world famous egg collection. Learn how the specimens are acquired, how they are prepared and housed, and how they contribute to the fascinating science of natural history.

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