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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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Sunday Apr 26, 2015


Brian Regan

Critics and peers agree, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci - MET Opera Live in HD

Enjoy a live broadcast of one of opera's most enduring tragic double bill. 

In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles
  • April 26, 2015
  • Times: 7PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is a musical retelling of The Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein. While the great repertoire of songs bind this musical together, the audience also gets the opportunity to relive the most important moments of The Beatles epic legacy. 

La Donna del Lago Screening
  • April 26, 2015
  • Times: 2PM
  • Location: Hahn Hall
  • Address: 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805
  • Venue: Music Academy of the West

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Music Academy alumnus Juan Diego Flórez ('95) join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Opera Santa Barbara Presents: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • April 26, 2015
  • Times: 2:30PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-2222
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

Based on Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning play, André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire reigns as one of the great American operas. Previn's jazz-inflected score evokes a highly charged New Orleans setting, creating the perfect tension for this operatic drama. Pre-Opera Talk 45 min. prior.

Opera Santa Barbara Presents: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • April 26, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday
  • Times: Friday 7:30PM, Sunday 2:30PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-2222
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

Based on Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning play, André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire reigns as one of the great American operas. Previn's jazz-inflected score evokes a highly charged New Orleans setting, creating the perfect tension for this operatic drama. 

Standing Sun LIVE presents Cluster Pluck
  • April 26, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Standing Sun Wines
  • Address: 92 Second Street D, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-691-9413

Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents "Cluster Pluck" April 26, 2015 Doors open 7pm/Show starts 7:30 $10 Admission/ $15 Reserved Seating Food by Fire & Wine Catering

UCSB Arts & Lectures: The Great War
  • April 26, 2015
  • Times: Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM
  • Location: Campbell Hall
  • Address: University of California, Bldg. 402, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Hotel Modern & Arthur Sauer in an enthralling theater production titled The Great War. In a special performance that will commemorate the World War I centenary, Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer use the brutal trench warfare of the war as a lens to examine the ceaseless, universal toll of combat in The Great War. The Western Front is reconstructed on a miniature film set before your eyes. As the live action on stage is pr... Details

Vineyard Hike & Painting in the Vineyard @ Refugio Ranch
  • April 26, 2015
  • Times: 2-5PM
  • Location: Refugio Ranch
  • Address: 2930 Via Rancher, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Phone: 805-990-2105

Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience at the Refugio Ranch Vineyard for Spring Vintners' Weekend. We are offering a wonderful afternoon that combines plein air landscape painting while enjoying a delicious glass of RR wine, all in the stunning environs that are Refugio Ranch Vineyards. Take home your own personal expression of the vineyard vistas as a painting!In addition, we are offering a vineyard hike and tour. Gain firsthand knowledge of the land and the vines from a member of the Re... Details

Vintners Spring Weekend Cellar Celebration
  • April 26, 2015
  • Times: 11AM-4PM
  • Address: 1597 East Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: 800-251-1225
  • Venue: Fiddlehead Cellars

Join Fiddlehead Cellars in their cellar for a sneak peak barrel tasting of our newest wine: Gruner Veltliner. Indulge in a super rare reserve tasting of their limited released wines and get the inside scoop about the 2015 vintage from winemaker Kathy Joseph!

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • April 26, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • 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.

Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the wind in the sails while following alongside the Giant California Gray Whales! Up to 2.5 hrs. Full bar onboard for purchase Bring food or snacks, pack a picnic! $40 per person Limited seats available Call for reservation or book online.

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
  • April 26, 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
  • April 26, 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.

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