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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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Saturday Aug 29, 2015


6th Annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Address: 1298 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-617-3998
  • Venue: Elings Park

Ascend to the lush grassy hilltop of Elings Park to experience California's premier tequila tasting event at the 6th Annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival!

Beach Painting Class @ Shoreline Park
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 12PM
  • Location: Shoreline Park
  • Address: 1237 Shoreline Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 626-437-5569

Join Gypsy Studios to paint the beach-scape at Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara. All experience levels welcome! Art materials, instruction & coffee and pastries provided. Meet at intersection of La Marina and Shoreline Drive.

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
  • August 29, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10-11:30AM meet at Neal Taylor Lake Nature Center
  • Address: Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-688-4515
  • Venue: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area & Campground

Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists and interpretive guides lead an easy paced ½-mile walk on the Don Wimpress Nature Trail. Large groups are encouraged to call the Park Naturalists in advance.

el Capitan Canyon Summer Concert Series
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 7-9PM
  • Address: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Phone: 866-352-2729 x 714
  • Venue: El Capitan Canyon

Enjoy live music and fun under the stars at beautiful El Capitan Canyon! Famous Canyon BBQ available for purchase. 

Full Moon Sailing Cruise

Come howl at the Full Moon with the Sunset Kidd! An adventure at Sea on our 41 ft. Sailing Yacht. Gaze at the beauty of the Full Moon while Sailing on the Pacific Ocean. 1.5 Hr. Full bar onboard for purchase. Bring food or snacks. Limited seats, never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum.

Happy Hour Sailing Cruise

Join the Sunset Kidd on the Pacific Ocean for a 1.5 Hr. Happy Hour Sailing Cruise. Full bar onboard for purchase, $5 Rum Drinks. Bring food or snacks, pack a picnic! Limited seats, never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum on our 41 ft. Yacht. Located in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Call for tickets.

Hidden Pirates' Treasure Art From Scrap Workshop with Beth Amine
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 12PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

The Art From Scrap (AFS) Workshop comes alive with a themed workshop every Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Open to artists of all ages and abilities, the workshops take place in the AFS Art Center; located upstairs from the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store.

LO+CAL Festival in Los Olivos
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 11AM-6PM
  • Location: Saarloos and Sons
  • Address: 2971 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-451-1941

LO+CAL is a music festival featuring local beer, wine and food vendors. Featuring popular SoCal bands The Silent Comedy, Mia Dyson, Steven Roth, plus local bands The Blues and Greys, The Caverns and Kathleen Sieck & The Paradise Road. 

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • August 29, 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. 

Purely Santa Barbara Summer Bash
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 12-7PM
  • Location: Pure Order Brewing Co.
  • Address: 410 N. Quarantina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-966-2881

Pure Order Brewing Company hosts a a summer bash with live music, food from Shaloob Meat Co. and a lot of great beer, of course!

Santa Barbara Eco Village Second Gathering + Full Moon
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 4:30 - 9 PM
  • Address: Shoreline Dr. and Loma Alta Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 323-544-6737
  • Venue: Leadbetter Beach

Creating a vortex of energy with the intention of building an Eco-Village in Santa Barbara. The intention is to create awareness and build a network to join our resources. This time we are bringing the FULL MOON to the Party. 

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours
  • August 29, 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

Sunset/ Full Moon Sailing Cruise

Come howl at the Full Moon aboard the Sunset Kidd. Watch the setting sun and the Full Moon Rise. An adventure at sea on our 41 ft. Sailing Yacht. Never crowded with our 15 passenger maximum. Full bar onboard for purchase, bring food or snacks. 1.5 Hr.

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • August 29, 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. 

Wheels and Windmills
  • August 29, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 9PM
  • Location: Streets of Solvang

Attendees of the 11th annual Wheels 'N Windmills Car Show will enjoy classic cars of all eras, music, food (including the Friday night BBQ),  a poker run an much more!  

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