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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Pedal on! Amgen Tour of CA returns 5/15!
The Amgen Tour of California returns to SB for another fast finish! Join the festivities and watch live as they race down Hwy 154 to the finish line.

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Saturday Apr 19, 2014

“Visions of the Gaviota Coast” Paintings by SCAPE artists, with photography by Reeve Woolpert
  • April 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Friday 1 – 8 PM; Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-683-6631
  • Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa

Second Annual show devoted to art focusing on the Gaviota & Naples coastline. SCAPE artists & Woolpert will donate 40% of all sales to benefit the Naples Coalition and Gaviota Coast Conservancy. The Gaviota Coast is the jewel in our backyard. Irreplaceable and endangered.

Bryan Ferry
  • April 19, 2014
  • Location: The Santa Barbara Bowl
  • Address: 1122 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-7411
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Bowl

British musical icon Bryan Ferry will make a stop in Santa Barbara on his first North American tour in three years. The "Can't Let Go Tour" will feature an incredible set list of hits, favorites and rarities spanning 40 years of career highlights. 

California Rare Fruit Growers Field Trip: Rancho Olivos
  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 10:30AM-12:30PM
  • Address: 2390 N Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Phone: 805-451-4168
  • Venue: Rancho Olivos

Enjoy a special olive orchard tour and tasting of fresh, hand-crafted artisan Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Rancho Olivos is one Santa Ynez Valley's first local olive oil producers planted with Tuscan, Spanish, Italian and Mission Olive trees. 

Crave: Diana Puntar, Deflowered and Devoured

An innovative and dynamic form of aesthetic hospitality, Crave: Art, Food, and Social Experience comprises a series of artist-orchestrated, themed events in collaboration with local chefs known for their distinctive culinary styles. San Luis Obispo-based artist Diana Puntar presents Crave: Deflowered and Devoured, kicking off the 2014 season of this one-night only Crave experience. The evening will include an exotic five-course meal featuring symbolic aphrodisiacs, such as basil, oysters, figs,... Details

Easter Bunny Express

Hope Aboard the Easter Bunny Express! Admission includes a variety of activities including: a one-third-mile long ride around the grounds, drawings for special prizes, souvenirs and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny!

Easter Egg Hunt at Chase Palm Park

A free egg hunt that takes place at the beautiful Chase Palm Park. Only toddlers to 8 year olds may participate. 

Los Alamaos 3rd Saturday at Global Gardens & The Caliterranean Cafe

Enjoy Los Alamos 3rd Saturday at Global Gardens & The Caliterranean Cafe with Taiko Drummers and live music by Casa Dumetz! An all-organic "Sticks" themed special  dinner menu will be served on the heated patio. 

Market Forays - Cooking Class
  • April 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8AM-3:30PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805-259-7229

The perfect foodie day. Hands-on cooking classes for small groups begin with a guided shopping tour of the Fishermen's and Farmers Market. Recipes are fresh, seasonal, and suited to home chefs. A shared meal paired with wines follows the class. All levels welcome.

Natural History Field Classes
  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 9AM
  • Location: Birabent Canyon
  • Address: Figueroa Mountain Road, North Los Olivos, CA
  • Phone: 805-686-8315

Join Larry Ballard and naturalist Tim Matthews for a morning hike in Birabent Canyon. It is on a Midland School Property located about 5 miles north of Los Olivos. The trail follows the creek bed for about a mile, passing under sycamores, alders and big-leaf maples. Starting at Little Pine fault, you'll head north into the Franciscan formation with it's chaotic jumble of serpentine. The hike is about 2 miles round trip, with little elevation gain. 

Open Studio with Jade Doskow
  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 2PM
  • Address: 116 East Yanonali St C-1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone:
  • Venue: Wall Space Gallery

Wall Space gallery is pleased to bring New York-based photographer Jade Doskow to Santa Barbara for an artists talk focusing on her multi-year photographic project exploring the sites of former world's fairs. To create this acclaimed body of work, Doskow has traveled the world since 2007 photographing remaining iconic world's fair sites and structures. The developing product it a beautiful record of the trans-historical reach of these eminently contemporary events available to modern viewers th... Details

Santa Barbara County Futures Tasting

More than 50 of the hottest local wineries will gather for an exclusive tasting. Attendees have the rare opportunity to be among the first to taste and purchase special cuvees available prior to release at 20% discount. 

Santa Barbara Music Club Free Concert

One of the highlights of Santa Barbara Music Club's concerts is the opportunity for audiences to hear great music from a variety of historical periods, with a diversity of musical forms, performed by excellent artists. This concert features music for voice and piano from exceptionally diverse cultures, as well as beautiful music for string quartet from the romantic period.

Sings Like Hell presents Ariana Gillis and Ellis Paul
  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Ariana Gillis is known for her exciting and talented voice, while Ellis Paul is one of the most respected artists in the folk genre. Don't miss your chance to hear these incredible voices live on one stage! 

Standing Sun Wines- LIVE in the Winery!
  • April 19, 2014
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Standing Sun Wines
  • Address: 92 Second St - Unit D, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-693-9413

Ivory Deville live in in Standing Suns Winery! Food by Al Fresco Picnic will be available to purchase.

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • April 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10AM pick up
  • 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.

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Sea Cave Kayak

Kayak and Snorkel Channel Islands National Park

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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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