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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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Monday Dec 22, 2014


Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • December 22, 2014
  • 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.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • December 22, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin
  • December 22, 2014 - January 24, 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 is pleased to present the new exhibition, Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin. The story of tin traverses continents and mining trails, centuries and cultures. Once meant for utilitarian purposes, it grows to become an important material that crosses the creative spectrum in Mexico: from painting the divine on retablos and symbolic offerings for milagros, to domestic ornament, the carnivalesque and recycled product for design. Mexican tin art is both private in devotion and publi... Details

Santa's Starry Ride
  • December 22, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Times: 1PM (check site for specific times)
  • Location: Gladwin Planetarium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-682-4711
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Join us on a fun-filled trip around the world with Santa and his reindeer. While he is busy delivering his presents, we will be enjoying the different night skies with constellations and stories about them. Run Time: 40 minutes

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • December 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7AM or 8AM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

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.

Under the Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style
  • December 22, 2014 - March 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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. 

Wine Tasting with the Winter Pass
  • December 22, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-5PM
  • Location: Various Wine Tasting Rooms Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Ynez
  • Phone: 805-886-7152

One Pass--One Price--15 Wineries! For just $40, tasters receive one wine tasting at 15 of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting rooms. Valid every day from 10/15/14 through 1/31/15. Reservations are not required and there are no blackout dates.

Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures
  • December 22, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tue-Sun 11AM-5PM; Thu 11AM-8PM; closed Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Last few weeks - This exhibition of photographs, drawn from the permanent collection, looks beyond the immediate allure of adorable animals, to explore the dimensions of animal characteristics and knowledge. Closing at 3PM on Wed, Dec 24.

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz, The Cave of Treasures
  • December 22, 2014 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings.

Candy Cane Train at the South Coast Railroad Museum
  • December 22, 2014 - December 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Weekdays: 2-4PM; Weekends: 1-4PM
  • Location: South Coast Railroad Museum
  • Address: 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-681-7216

The 22nd annual "Candy Cane Train," the railroad museum's popular year-end family event. Runs daily, last train departing at 3:45. Ticket includes a ride on the festively-decorated miniature train, an assortment of holiday treats, and a coupon good for a future museum train ride.

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • December 22, 2014
  • 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
  • December 22, 2014
  • 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
  • December 22, 2014
  • 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.  

Food, Beer, and Wine Tour of Santa Barbara
  • December 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11:30AM or 12:30PM depending on day
  • Location: Rudy's Mexican Restaurant
  • Address: 305 W. Montecito Street, Santa Barbar, CA
  • Phone: 18006560713
  • Venue: Food Tours - Savor Santa Barbara

Eat and drink like a local! Combining 7 distinct tastings of food, beer, and wine, you'll experience some of the oldest and newest eateries with local history, culture and architecture, while strolling the off-the-beaten path. Call for more details. 

Monday Night Flights
  • December 22, 2014
  • Location: Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant
  • Address: 131 Anacapa St, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-284-0380
  • Venue: Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant

Liven up your Monday with Monday Night Flights! Every Monday different wines will be uniquely paired with a meal as you are educated on the varietals, regions and producers of the wine. 

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