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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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Friday Feb 12, 2016


2nd Fridays Art @ Santa Barbara Tennis Club
  • February 12, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
  • Times: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Tennis Club
  • Address: 2375 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-682-4722

Every 2nd Friday, The Santa Barbara Tennis Club  debuts a new themed exhibition feautring local artists. Gallery hours 10AM-9PM Daily.

31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • February 12, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Phone: 805-963-0023

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Film enthusiasts can enjoy special panels, award ceremonies and 200+ films.

Film Feast 2016
  • February 12, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Vary
  • Location: All around Santa Barbara!
  • Phone: 805-966-9222

It's Film Feast in Santa Barbara-where perfect pairings take center stage during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Explore the best plates and pours throughout Santa Barbara's many theatre districts during SBIFF.

Highlights of the Permanent Collection
  • February 12, 2016 - July 31, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11AM - 5PM Tuesday - Sunday. 11AM - 8PM Thursdays
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4363
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In celebration of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary in 2016, this installation highlights the most celebrated works of art from SBMA’s permanent collection, as well as several of the most exciting gifts and acquisitions in the areas of modern and contemporary art, & photography.

Mambo & Tongolele Cabaret
  • February 12, 2016
  • Times: 8PM to midnight
  • Address: 100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-570-1354
  • Venue: Carrillo Recreation Center

"Mambo & Tongolele", is the remembering tribute to of the creation of mambo and the story of its revolution as an international phenomenon that shook the world and, how mambo has also influenced us to the present day. Its a multimedia with videos and live performances by beautiful dancers.

SBIFF Presents: Cinema Vanguard Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Rooney Mara with the Cinema Vanguard Award for her remarkable role in this year's Carol alongside Cate Blanchett, who will present Mara with the award at a tribute at the Arlington Theatre. The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path - taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film.

Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations
  • February 12, 2016 - January 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Satellite @ Hotel Indigo
  • Address: 121 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-5373
  • Venue: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara presents Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations, a group exhibition of nine Santa Barbara County artists that explores the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence. In our daily comings and goings, within and around us, things are in a constant state of transformation: clouds, currency, alliances, and surfaces, to name just a few. While passing through space, sitting still, or inter... Details

Valentine's Weekend Wine Tasting Sailing Cruise (wine included)

Join the Sunset Kidd on Valentine's Weekend for a Wine Tasting Cruise, aboard our 41 ft. Yacht. Departing at 3:00 pm 1.5 Hr. Bring food or snacks, full bar on board for purchase, wine tasting included. $50 per person. Limited seats. Never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • February 12, 2016
  • 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.

2 Hr. Morning Sailing Cruise (Children's Discount)

Join the Sunset Kidd, a 41 ft. Sailing Yacht for a 2 Hr. Morning Cruise. Bring food or snacks, drinks on board for purchase. Pets allowed. Limited seats, never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum. Call to get tickets or book online. Explore Santa Barbara from the Pacific Ocean!

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • February 12, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM -12PM or 1PM- 3PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara coastline offers several fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. We will teach you the basics of surfing on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. This is a great way to get a taste of surfing in just a few hours.

A Wine Fantasy in February
  • February 12, 2016 - February 15, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily 11AM-5PM
  • Location: Various Wine Tasting Rooms Santa Ynez Valley California
  • Phone: 800-563-3183

The 11th annual Wine Fantasy In February is a lively, 4-day passport weekend filled with wine, food and fun. Taste reserve wines, enjoy appetizers and more. Shuttle service is available between wineries.

Award Winning Wine Tasting Tours. Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Sailing Cruises
  • February 12, 2016 - November 10, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Please visit our website for event times
  • Address: 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-564-1819
  • Venue: Captain Jack's Tours & Events

Captain Jack's does it all. 5 different wine tasting tours daily. Horseback riding, sailboat cruises, kayaking, whale watching trips & more. Visit their website for details and rates. 

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • February 12, 2016
  • 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.

Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France
  • February 12, 2016 - March 19, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Saturdays, 11am-5pm
  • Address: 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-565-6162
  • Venue: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art will feature 30 Barbizon, Realist, and Impressionist works by 19th century artists working in France. Sisley, Cassatt, Morisot, Corot, Courbet, and more. 

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Hotel Milo

Beachfront with complimentary WiFi & 2 wine tasting tickets

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Adventure Calls

Start your year right with adventures like Sea Cave Kayaking

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Renew, Revive

Celebrate 2016 - Treat Yourself to Romance on the Riviera

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Film Feast 2016

Sip, savor and stay during Film Feast in Santa Barbara!


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