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.

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Saturday Nov 22, 2014

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • November 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
  • November 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.

Granada Concert Series: Christopher Cross
  • November 22, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

Christopher Cross was by far the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit, "Sailing."

Holiday Marketplace 2014
  • November 22, 2014 - November 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2126
  • Phone: 805-563-0352
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

This event provides a vast array of gift choices and decorative items. From hand-thrown ceramics to one-of-a-kind jewelry to custom-sewn textiles to custom crafted leather goods - the Holiday Marketplace is one-stop shopping for even the most difficult-to-buy-for person on your holiday list. From fine art to folk art, there will be delightful stocking stuffers, herbal products, locally-produced olive oil and honey, scented soaps and candles and much more.

Kinetic Art From Scrap Workshop with Marilee Krause
  • November 22, 2014
  • Times: 10AM- 12PM
  • Location: 20969
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

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. Fun for the whole family! Art From Scrap is located across the street from the Saturday Farmers' Market.

Live Music: The English Beat
  • November 22, 2014
  • Times: Doors 7PM/ Show 9PM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-7776
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

One of the most popular and influential ska groups, The English Beat, rushed on to the music scene in 1979. With Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, a string of hit singles followed. The English Beat play the hits of The Beat and of their side project, 21 and over.

Made in Movember 'Stache Bash Charity Event @ Blind Tiger
  • November 22, 2014
  • Times: 8PM - 1:30AM
  • Location: Blind Tiger
  • Address: 409 State St., , CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-957-4111

Celebrate the Month of Movember with the Movember Foundation and Blind Tiger! We have a Motastic lineup featuring: Vokab Kompany & Well Groomed Tix/Info:

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • November 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Fisherman's Market, Farmers Market, gourmet shops
  • Address: Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-259-7229

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. 

Middletown: A Play
  • November 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11/14, 11/15, 11/18-11/22: 8:00 PM; 11/15, 11/16, 11/22: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Performing Arts Theater
  • Address: University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-3022

Written in 2010, Middletown won the inaugural Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play. Describing this poem...Eno says, "I think Middletown tries to look at the accumulation and effect of the tiny moments that make up our lives... which may in fact change the angle of our entire life..."

Mythic Threads Opening Reception
  • November 22, 2014
  • Times: 2-5PM
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-969-3626
  • Venue: Pacifica Graduate Institute

Opening Talk and Reception with Pamela Bjork Saturday, November 22, 2:00-5:00 pm This event is free and open to the public.

Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin
  • November 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

Sanford Winery's Vineyard Lunch
  • November 22, 2014
  • Times: 11:30AM-2:30PM
  • Location: Sanford Winery & Vineyards
  • Address: 5010 Santa Rosa Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: 805-735-5900 ext. 7001
  • Venue: Sanford Winery

You are invited to an afternoon of special tastings, lunch and breathtaking views at Sanford Winery. Join us on Saturday, November 22, 2014 on our estate vineyards located in one of the most breathtakingly scenic locations along the West Coast.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • November 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:30 & 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom above Apero Bar & Tapas
  • Address: 532 State St (2nd floor), 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. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at

Santa Barbara Master Chorale sings Bach's B Minor Mass
  • November 22, 2014
  • Times: 7:30PM
  • Address: Garden and Anapamu Streets, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-455-3276
  • Venue: First United Methodist Church

The Santa Barbara Master Chorale is excited to be performing the Mass in B Minor by J. S. Bach on November 22 at 7:30 and 23 at 3:00 pm. Widely hailed as one of the greatest compositions in music history, Bach’s B Minor Mass has been described often as his most significant sacred choral work.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • November 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.

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