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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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Wednesday Apr 16, 2014


"A Mad Tea-Party"
  • April 16, 2014 - May 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 116 East Yanonali St C-1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-637-3898
  • Venue: Wall Space Gallery

Usher in the spring with an exhibition that playfully examines codes of femininity in lush visual style. "A Little Madness in Spring" invites viewers to reflect on gendered composure, etiquette, and the allure of the fashioned object during the season celebrated for sensory profusion.

Club Mercy presents: Jagwar Ma

Alternative/Indie/Dance

Solvang Earth Day Fair + 3rd Wednesday
  • April 16, 2014
  • Times: 3PM
  • Location: Wildling Museum
  • Address: 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang, CA
  • Phone: 805-688-1082

Celebrate Earth Day during Solvang 3rd Wednesday. Learn more about the environmental programs and outdoor activities.  Enjoy family art activities, and a free workshop on Green Building  (5PM). This celebration of Earth Day will conclude with a wine reception from 5:30-7:30PM. 

The Westmont Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
  • April 16, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Westmont's Deane Chapel
  • Address: 955 La Paz Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-565-6040

The ensembles repertoire covers a wide spectrum if styles from bebop and straight-ahead jazz to bossa nova, Broadway standards and contemporary pop. 

"108 Spacks Street" An Exibhit Honoring Poet Barry Spacks

This exhibition honors Barry Spacks, artist, poet and Santa Barbara's 1st Poet Laureate.The exhibit features 108 of Spacks' paintings. Spacks was a practicing Buddhist and the number 108 is special because it represents the amount of beads on a Mala that represent auspicious occasions. 

"Jimmy's Chinatown" Art Show
  • April 16, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Location: Three Pickles @ the Pickle Room
  • Address: 126 E. Canon Perdid St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 760-525-8135

An exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy's Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as athe subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy will honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy Chung and his family, as well as the neighborhood. 

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • April 16, 2014 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

This Exhibition will explore the history if the significance of the Tree of Life in Mexico. Ranging from a traditional wedding gift, to being used as a religious education tool between friars and Native Americans when the Spanish first came to the country. 

April Showers, an exhibition of Erin Williams
  • April 16, 2014 - April 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-6PM
  • Location: Bella Rosa Galleries
  • Address: 1103State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bella Rosa Galleries presents April Showers, a solo exhibition of new work by watercolorist Erin Williams. April Showers will feature Erin's vibrant, large-scale paintings of seascapes and flowers that capture the divinity and beauty of nature. An artists reception will be held April 3rd from 5-8PM. 

Backstage Passes at the Santa Barbara Zoo
  • April 16, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 1:30-3:30PM (weekdays only) dates are subject to availability
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-5339 x 151
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Ideal for kids, this is a fun and interactive, up-close and personal experience which allows guests ages five and up to work alongside an experienced zookeeper for 1½ hours as part of one of four Backstage Pass packages: Barnyard:  Guests enter the barnyard and learn first-hand the ins and outs of caring for three heritage breeds that played a part in California ranching history: Guinea hogs, Navajo-Churro sheep, and San Clemente Island goats. Feathered Friends:  Guests joi... Details

Bee Cell: A Video Environment
  • April 16, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum hours: 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-682-4711

The Bee Cell invites Museum visitors to immerse themselves in a proxy bee hive where scale and viewpoint are altered for a new perspective on bees and our relationships to them. 

Big Wednesday at Sandbar!
  • April 16, 2014 - July 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 10PM
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-252-5409
  • Venue: Sandbar

Sandbar's Big Wednesday! Live Reggae Music featuring different bands every Week! Come out and help us spread the good vibes!

Bring Your Own Vinyl
  • April 16, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Velvet Jones
  • Address: 423 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-8676

Bring your favorite whiskey sipping record and play it for all your friends while playing dominos, darts and beer pong. Similar to a Jukebox, the sooner you sign up, the sooner you get to hear your songs! Check calendar for changes due to special performances. 

Culture 101 Spring Promotion
  • April 16, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: All around The American Riviera®
  • Phone: 805-966-9222

Experience Santa Barbara's culture & discover the area's untold treasures. Get your hands dirty and become a Zoo Keeper for a day, illuminate your imagination with world premier art exhibits, or walk  your way through original tours, and much more! Check website for specific events.

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • April 16, 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.  

Experience Early California Art!
  • April 16, 2014 - September 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-1601
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

We invite you to explore Impressions In Ink - Etchings From The Collection.  Impressions In Ink features prints by Santa Barbara artists Henry Chapman Ford (1828 – 1894), Marian Hebert (1899 – 1960), Edward Borein (1872 – 1945), Carl Oscar Borg (1879 – 1947), and Reginald Vaughan (1870 – 1958). The exhibition will present a variety of subject matter, from the California Missions to local scenes, seascapes, and desert landscapes, with much of the work fres... Details

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Sea Cave Kayak

Kayak and Snorkel Channel Islands National Park

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FlySBA.com

To anywhere in the world, Santa Barbara Airport!

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Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a cruise, accommodations for 2 & bottle of chardonnay

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Refresh & Renew

Welcome Back to the Newly Renovated Fess Parker Resort!

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Amgen: May 15

Catch the Action - Amgen Tour of CA returns to SB on May 15!


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