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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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Wednesday May 06, 2015


Café KITP -- Quasiparticles: The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of
  • May 06, 2015
  • Times: 6:00-7:00PM; doors at SOhO open at 5:00PM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-893-6345
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

Join KITP physicist Louk Rademaker on a guided tour of phonons, excitons, magnons, Higgsons, and other particles collectively known as quasiparticles. He'll show that these wild notions are as real as the modern technology that depends on them.

Me & Dinosaur live at SOhO

Me & Dinosaur is a small acoustic guitar ensemble focused on bluesy riffs, elaborate harmonies, and clever songwriting. Joining them are decorations and Givers & Takers. 21+ event. 

Neo-Noir and the Contemporary City - Chinatown
  • May 06, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Pollock Theater, UCSB
  • Address: Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-5872

As part of the neo-noir series, Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) adopts the noir aesthetic to evoke Los Angeles in the 1930s as a spiritually and ecologically arid land. A private detective is hired to expose a tawdry affair, but finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Barbara

Turn Santa Barbara into a giant gameboard with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Part amazing race, part city tour, your adventure is guided from any smart phone. Teams solve clues and complete challenges while seeing the sights and learning local history.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • May 06, 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.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • May 06, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores presents the new exhibition, BANDERA WARE: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolución a República. The exhibition gives light to a rare style of earthenware ceramics created in Jalisco utilizing colors of the Mexican flag (la bandera). The unique mix of green, white and red appear in flora, fauna and abstract design of the bandera-ware, referencing symbols and history of the flag itself.

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • May 06, 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
  • May 06, 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
  • May 06, 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.  

Drawings in Dialogue: Italian & Northern European Works on Paper
  • May 06, 2015 - May 17, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursday Evening 5-8PM
  • Location: 19812
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This installation reflects two centuries of artistic dialogue between Italian and Northern European artists. Home to classical Greek and Roman sculpture and architecture, Italy was also a destination for ambitious painters from Northern Europe. Study in Italy's major art centers has long been a prerequisite for any aspiring artist in the Western tradition. Among the artists featured is leading Flemish landscape painter Matthijs Bril the Younger, whose drawings of ancient ruins and landscapes se... Details

Eat This, Shoot That!: Funk Zone Food Tour
  • May 06, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Weekdays 3-5:30PM; Weekends 2-4:30PM
  • Location: Exact location provided upon tour purchase
  • Address: Meeting location is near Cabrillo Blvd and State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
  • Phone: 800-656-0713
  • Venue: Eat This, Shoot That! Food and Wine Tours

This 2.5 hour walking tour takes guests to various eateries and tasting rooms for 8 different tastings. This Funk Zone tour starts out near the beach and visits 3 restaurants, 2 wine bars, 1 distillery, and 1 brew house with stops in between for mini photo lessons. The food stops feature fresh seafood, gourmet flatbread pizzas and eclectic bistro style creations that are sure to tickle your tummy. In between tastings, learn how to take better travel photos while you explore our fabulous city... Details

El Paseo Wine & Photo Tour with Eat This, Shoot That!
  • May 06, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: El Paseo Wine Collective
  • Address: 23 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This casual 2-2.5 hour Santa Barbara wine tour walks guests through the historic Wine Collection of El Paseo for small bites and sips of various wines grown in our local Santa Ynez valley. Along the way, learn a thing or two about Santa Barbara history and photography tips from a pro. You're welcome to bring along your camera or just your smartphone!

FLOCK: Birds on the Brink
  • May 06, 2015 - May 23, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM tour and 1:30PM tour
  • Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-969-9990
  • Venue: Lotusland

In addition to the breathtaking gardens of Lotusland, visitors will see a contemporary art exhibition inspired by an environmental imperative – the global loss of wild bird populations and their role as indicators of the health of our planet.

Historic House & Garden Tour
  • May 06, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Saturday
  • Times: 90 minute tours: 10AM & 2PM, by advance reservation only
  • Location: Casa del Herrero
  • Address: 1387 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-565-5653
  • Venue: Casa del Herrero

The Casa del Herrero offers a glimpse of life in Montecito in the 1930’s. Moorish style gardens, covering most of the 11 acre. In 2009 the Casa was designated a National Historic Landmars. By reservation only - call today!

IMPART: An Exhibition for the 2015 Teen Arts Mentorship Master Artists
  • May 06, 2015 - June 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed. - Fri. 12-5PM, Sat. 11-5PM, Sun. 11-4PM
  • Address: 205 C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: The Arts Fund

The exhibition will feature the work of this year's outstanding cast of professional artists and writers who have graciously accepted the opportunity to impart their knowledge to Santa Barbara's next generation of artists. As a reflection of the mentorship program itself, this exhibition will feature a diverse array of media including alternative process photography, old masters oil painting, plein air painting, creative writing, stainless steel sculpture, drawing and mix-media; all art forms ... Details

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