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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, 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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Thursday Jul 31, 2014


"Lasting Impressions"
  • 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

¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • July 31, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Exhibit examines the history of lotería in Mexico which combines graphic images of iconic symbols and objects of everyday life, called out with clues or improvised riddle. Lotería continues to be a subject of fascination in popular culture, from song to tattoo art.

2014 Old Spanish Days Fiesta
  • July 31, 2014 - August 03, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Various times
  • Location: Old Spanish Days Fiesta
  • Address: 129 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-8101

Old Spanish Days Fiesta event provides an education to residents and visitors about the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers. Enjoy live international performances, parades and much more entertainment.

4x4 Gourmet Sliders & Craft Beer Pairing
  • July 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the last Thursday
  • Times: 6-8PM
  • Location: Corks n' Crowns Tasting Room
  • Address: 32 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-845-8600

As the days get longer, Corks n' Crowns has joined forces with The Burger Bus. The last Thursday of every month will offer a specialty paired 4x4 Gourmet Sliders and Craft Beer flight. 

Celebracion de Los Dignatarios
  • July 31, 2014
  • Times: 5-10PM
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-6310
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Presented jointly by Old Spanish Days and the Zoo, this event honors Santa Barbara's elected officials and features live entertainment, dancing, mariachis, margaritas, and tempting treats from over 20 local restaurants. It's Fiesta's wildest party! 21+ event. 

Comedy Hideaway Feat. Headliners from HBO, Comedy Central, NBC
  • July 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 7:30PM and 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom (Inside of Goleta Petrini's)
  • Address: 5711 Calle Real, Goleta, CA, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-636-1495

Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national television to Santa Barbara. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at SBcomedy.com."

Free Summer Concert Series
  • July 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 2PM
  • Location: Mary Craig Auditorium
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Join us for a series of 60-minute concerts featuring Music Academy of the West Fellows.Free Complimentary tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 pm at SBMA’s Park Entrance. No advance ticket distribution

Free Summer Concert Series
  • July 31, 2014 - August 07, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 2PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Join us for a series of 60-minute concerts featuring Music Academy of the West Fellows. Mary Craig Auditorium Complimentary tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 pm at SBMA’s Park Entrance. No advance ticket distribution.

Funk Zone Tasting Pass
  • July 31, 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.

Introducing "Balance Fusion" on the MOTR
  • July 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday
  • Times: 4:30-5:45PM
  • Location: Core Fitness Training
  • Address: 4430 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
  • Phone: 805-967-7770

Introducing "Balance Fusion" on the MOTR. An Energizing movement, balance and flow class that integrates strength, flexibility and stability challenges for an all over feel good experience at Core Fitness Training Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 4:30-5:45 PM. First Class is Free.

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 31, 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. 

MUNI Muvies
  • July 31, 2014 - September 18, 2014
  • Times: Sun Down
  • Address: 22 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-931-6864
  • Venue: Municipal Winemakers

Guess what time it is...Summertime!! And Summertime means MUVIE time! And MUVIE time is for FREEE! Every Thursday Night this Summer Muni will be playing MUVIES on the patio. Hooray!! This time around we're fishing for a big fish: Bill Murray. Bill Murray where are you?!  Call the Tasting Room  for Muvie information!

New Beginnings Anger Management Classes
  • July 31, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-7:15PM
  • Location: New Beginnings Counseling Center
  • Address: 324 E. Carrillo St., Ste. C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: (805) 963-7777 x133

Do you think you have a problem with anger? Join New Beginnings Counseling Center in a 12-Week Anger Management Psychoeducational Group. The group will be facilitated by Mike Juarez and Danielle Amara Norlinger who are working under supervision at New Beginnings Counseling Center. Call to sign up!

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • July 31, 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.

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