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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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Film Feast: Jan 27 - Feb 7, 2015
Film Feast 2015 is your invitation to take a bite of dramatic dining, treat your taste buds to adventurous libations, linger longer with lodging packages & cheers the last 30 years of filmmaking during SBIFF.



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Wednesday Jan 28, 2015


Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • January 28, 2015
  • 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.

Café KITP: Who Ordered the Muon? And Other Mysteries of Particle Physics
  • January 28, 2015
  • Times: 6 - 7:15 PM, doors open at 5 PM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-893-6345
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

After the electron, proton and neutron, physicists discovered a bewildering array of new and exotic subatomic particles -- even subsubatomic particles. Join KITP particle theorist Jim Halverson at SOhO as he describes how physicists have tried to find structure and order in this bewildering zoo.

Film Feast 2015
  • January 28, 2015 - February 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Vary
  • Location: All around Santa Barbara!
  • Phone: 805-966-9222

From Jan. 27 - Feb. 7 enjoy special menus, adventurous tasting flights and cinematically-themed lodging packages. Coinciding with the 30th Anniversary of the International Film Festival, it's your turn to hit the spotlight, walk down the red carpet, and savor the flavors of Film Feast 2015.

Kayak the American Riviera!
  • January 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: 10AM-2PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

See the American Riviera from a unique perspective. We can't promise you'll be as lucky, but some of our guests have paddled with whales on this trip-even with its proximity to the city. We "put-in" at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • January 28, 2015
  • 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.

The Art of Wine Series: Bernini and Borromini
  • January 28, 2015
  • Times: 6-7:30PM
  • Address: 1114 State St., Suite 26, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: (805) 735-5900 ext. 7001
  • Venue: Sanford Winery & Tasting Room

Join us in our downtown Santa Barbara Tasting Room for a night of wine and art education. Expand your knowledge while enjoying a comparative tasting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir alongside a discussion on the great artists Bernini and Borromini.

UCSB Arts & Lectures: The Future of the Mind
  • January 28, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

CSB Arts & Lectures presents the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author in a fascinating and accessible talk titled The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science today. As the co-founder of string field theory, he continues Einstein's search for an elusive unified theory to explain the laws of the universe.

Under the Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style
  • January 28, 2015 - March 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Explore the life and work of architect and draftswoman Lutah Maria Riggs and her contribution to what has become "Santa Barbara Style". The special exhibition celebrates the iconic architectural elements that define America's Riviera. 

Wine Tasting with the Winter Pass
  • January 28, 2015 - January 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-5PM
  • Location: Various Wine Tasting Rooms Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Ynez
  • Phone: 805-886-7152

Last few weeks! One Pass--One Price--15 Wineries! For just $40, tasters receive one wine tasting at 15 of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting rooms. Valid every day from 10/15/14 through 1/31/15. Reservations are not required and there are no blackout dates.

You are invited to a special book signing and reception!
  • January 28, 2015
  • Times: 4:15-5:45PM
  • Location: Place: Pacifica Graduate Institute Bookstore, Ladera Campus
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Montecito, CA 93108, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-879-7327

Book Signing & Reception! Meet the authors, shop and enjoy a complimentary reception. Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S. - Mexico Border, By Ed Casey and Mary Watkins. The Red Place: Transforming Past Traumas Through Relationships, By Cynthia Hale

30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • January 28, 2015 - February 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Various locations
  • Address: 2064 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 120, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-963-0023
  • Venue: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival returns to celebrate its 30th Anniversary! Please visit website for full schedule list, tickets and more!    

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz, The Cave of Treasures
  • January 28, 2015 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings.

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • January 28, 2015
  • 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
  • January 28, 2015
  • 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
  • January 28, 2015
  • 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.  

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Wine Classic

Save 10% on Winter Wine Classic tickets – Sat., January 24

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Endless Summer

Come Rejuvenate Beachside at the Fess Parker Resort

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Island Tours

Kayak, snorkel and hike the National Park. Book Now!

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Canary Hotel

The only luxury hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Book Now.

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The Goodland

The Ultimate So Cal Retreat with 25% off and a massage.

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Film Feast 2015

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



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