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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Ravel's 'Boléro'
A lively Academy Festival Orchestra program featuring Ravel’s masterpiece. 8pm, June 27 at The Granada. Tickets: $10, $40, and $50; 7-17 free.

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Saturday May 30, 2015

13, The Musical
  • May 30, 2015 - May 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Location: Marjorie Luke Theater
  • Address: 721 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-708-8897

Arete Productions, the performance arm of Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts, will present the Broadway hit musical "13," a grown-up story about growing up, featuring a talented cast of Santa Barbara young people. Special preview show plus SOPA showcase fundraiser on Friday, May 29 at 7.00.

Aldo Luongo - Exhibition & Public Release

Join Artiste Winery for a public release and meet & greet with Aldo Luongo at the Studio

Gustafson Dance Compant presents Madeline: Lost in Central Park
  • May 30, 2015 - May 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday, May 30 at 2PM & 6PM, Sunday, May 31 at 2PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Taken from the beloved Bemelmans stories, Madeline: Lost in Central Park is the tale of a young girl who finds herself lost in Central Park amidst the street performers, the balloon sellers, the popcorn sellers and more. 

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda and the Saraswati Dream Band Concert
  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 7:30 - 10PM
  • Location: Divinitree Yoga & Art Studio
  • Address: 25 E De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-897-3354

Join mantra recording artists Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda with the Saraswati Dream Band for a phenomenal night of chanting, heart opening and healing. This tour celebrates the official release of their album 'As the Lotus Blossoms'. For more info visit

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • May 30, 2015
  • 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. 

Mitch Woods
  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Goleta Valley Community Center
  • Address: 5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-722-8155

The Santa Barbara Blues Society presents pianist and singer Mitch Woods. There will BBQ, snacks, door prizes and dancing. 

Mountain Art and Garden Sale
  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 3PM
  • Location: Paradise Store
  • Address: 1 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-689-2419

Event is an annual fundraiser to support the San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Fighters. Original art, crafts, plants and more, all donated by folks living in the San Marcos Pass area, will be for sale. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at Paradise Store and there will be music.

Pacific Haze and Groove Session

Pacific Haze plays Southern California Rock n' Roll with a blues and funk twist. Groove Session is a power rock trio that performs a multi-genre blend of rock n' roll. 21 + event. 

Painting in the Vineyard @ Martian Ranch
  • May 30, 2015
  • Times: 9:30AM - 12PM
  • Location: Martian Ranch and Vineyard
  • Address: 9110 Alisos Canyon Road, Los Alamos, CA 93440
  • Phone: 626-437-5569

Come to gorgeous Martian Ranch and Vineyard to capture the incredible scenery on canvas. What better way to spend the day than with a paintbrush in one hand and a wine glass in the other! All instructions, materials and wine provided. Meet at 9:30am to be shuttled to paint site.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • May 30, 2015
  • 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 Tasting Tours
  • May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11AM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara
  • Phone: 805-295-8687

The Taste of Santa Barbara is an intimate food walking tour that introduces guests to six different tasty locations in the mid-State Street area of downtown Santa Barbara. Over the course of the 3 hour tour, guests get to meet the chefs and owners and sample French pastries, Northern Italian dishes, gourmet cheese, local wine, handcrafted chocolates, and East Coast deli fare.Throughout the day, guests will also become acquainted with historical places like the Arlington Theater, the Granada Th... Details

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-4:30PM
  • Address: 720 Bond Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

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. 

Walking Tour: Trees of Rancho La Patera & Stow House

Ken Knight, registered arborist, will give a lively tour of the magnificent and exotic trees of Rancho La Patera.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • May 30, 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.

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.

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