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.

Featured Partner – October 2015
Santa Barbara shines with a month-long celebration of cuisine, libations & culture. Taste & toast to special events, menus, tasting flights & much more.

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Thursday Oct 08, 2015

Blur the Line - Live Music at The Goodland

Live music at the Good Bar! Check website for specific performances. 

Dannsair- Traditional Irish Music

Traditional Irish Music alive & well in Santa Barbara so join Dannsair for a tune and a pint! ~ Quickfire Cooking Challenge with Cat Cora

This year, kicks off with its signature level of soul and style, infused with the local flavors found only at the Santa Barbara Public Market. Join renowned culinary legend-and fellow Santa Barbaran-Cat Cora as she hosts a quick-fire cooking challenge that will test notable names in social media. Swing in on Thursday, October 8th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and start off with a Wow! For ticket information visit

LOL Comedy Festival Presents: Hot Funny Femmes
  • October 08, 2015
  • Address: 33 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Kicking off the Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival is the return of the all new hilarious Hot funny Femmes. This year’s new line up the Hot Funny Femmes Show is headlined by Kira Soltanovich who just filmed her first one hour special. Also starring Jenny Zagrino, Kate Quigley and Karen Rontowski along with special guest Hostess with the mostess OC Housewives Alum Gretchen Christine Rossi.

Municipal Watercolor Club
  • October 08, 2015
  • Times: 7-9PM
  • Address: 22 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-931-6864
  • Venue: Municipal Winemakers

Please join Municipal Winemakers and Rebekah Miles at Muni's Santa Barbara location for some wine and watercolor delight! Materials Fee $15. Please RSVP.  

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • October 08, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 7 & 9PM
  • Location: The Little Door Santa Barbara (near Granada Theatre and Sunken Gardens)
  • Address: 129 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-364-2999

Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national TV to Santa Barbara. 

SBMA Art Talks: "Power and Pathos": Hellenistic Bronzes at the Getty
  • October 08, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 12PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6423
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Kenneth Lapatin, Associate Curator at Getty Villa and Co-Curator of the exhibition at the Getty Center, will lead a lecture on the current Getty exhibition "Power and Pathos." Ken's lecture will be followed by a book signing of his Power and Pathos catalogue. 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • October 08, 2015 - October 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wed-Sat 8PM, Sunday 2 & 7 PM
  • Location: New Vic Theatre
  • Address: 33 West Victoria Street, Santa BArbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-5400

Tale of a wrongly-convicted barber who returns to London thirsty for revenge. When the Sweeney joins forces with a pie shop proprietres, they introduce a new, carnal ingredient to meat pies that sends the people of London straight to the shop, and new victims to Sweeney's barber chair.

Villa Wine Bar One Year Anniversary

Celebrate Villa Wine Bar's one year anniversary with raffles, bites, special deals and delicious wine!

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • October 08, 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.

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • October 08, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM -12PM or 1PM- 3PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara coastline offers several fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. We will teach you the basics of surfing on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. This is a great way to get a taste of surfing in just a few hours.

Afternoon Adventure Sailing Cruise

Join the Sunset Kidd, a 41 ft. Sailing Yacht for an Adventure at Sea! A "True Sailing" Experience! Departing daily from the beautiful Santa Barbara Harbor. 2 Hrs., Full bar on board for purchase, bring food or snacks, pet allowed, never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum.

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
  • October 08, 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.

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • October 08, 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.

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