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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.
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.
Weekly Saturday Workshops at Art From Scrap. Open to all ages. Every week, a different Guest Artist teaches a new art project. Learn how to create eco-art out of reuse materials. Art From Scrap is located across the street from the Saturday Farmers' Market.
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.
Shop for seasonal local ingredients and learn how to use them to easily create delicious gourmet meals. Our hands-on cooking class is followed by a shared feast paired with wines. Please call ahead or visit website to see the day's menu.
Bay Area trio Grex has been called "essential current-and-future listening," a "near-seamless blend of modern jazz, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). Joining Grex will be local avant garde rock ensemble Free Pop.
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. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at www.SBcomedy.com
“Movers and Shakers” returns to the SBIFF Panel Series to bring together some of today’s most established producers to share their insights in sparkling conversation. This panel allows some of the industry’s leading professionals to discuss their current projects.
The “Creative Forces: Women in the Business” panel debuted in 2005 and celebrates influential women in film. Women from all stages of film production including editing, directing, costuming, casting, production design, and producing come together to discuss the unique challenges and successes they have faced in the film industry.
SCRIPT TO SCREEN is proud to present Whiplash, nominated for five Academy Awards. Please join us for a post-screening Q&A with writer/director Damien Chazelle (Oscar Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay).
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.
To most Americans, the word “slavery” conjures up images of plantations in the Old South. But in the Texas Borderlands from 1700 to 1850, slavery was much more diverse. In his lecture, Paul Barba will explain how Spaniards, Comanches, Anglo Americans,and Choctaws enslaved others.
Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents honeyhoney band January 31, 2015 7pm $10 Admission/ $15 Reserved Seating Food by Al Fresco Picnic.
Our new Taste of Santa Barbara walking tour introduces guests to six different tasty locations in downtown Santa Barbara. Over the course of the 3 hour tour, guests get to sample French pastries, Northern Italian dishes, gourmet cheese, local wine, handcrafted chocolates, and East Coast deli fare.
If you like tasty treats and wine, then you are going to love this Santa Ynez tour! This wine tour features a delicious sampling of wine infused cupcakes in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. Actual dates may vary - minimum numbers required on all tours. Subject to availability - please call for schedule.
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.
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