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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.
Enjoy two days of cycling with routes for all levels of cyclists. From 30-150 miles of amazing views, this fully supported fundraising event is like no other.
Keepers offer informal activities relating to the zoo's collection of insects, spiders, snakes, and other "creepy crawly creatures." Check online or at the entry kiosk for more information. Special "Year of the Explorer" craft activities at the Explore Store.
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.
Looking for something fun to do in Santa Barbara's kitschy Funk Zone neighborhood? Join us for a food and photo tour where you'll taste from 4 local eateries and 4 watering holes! Along the way, you'll learn a bit about local history and how take better food and vacation photos. Plus, you'll have a chance to win a mystery prize at the end of the tour while capturing all the photos on the scavenger hunt list! Think you've got what it takes to win? Come along on one of our delicious Funk Zone Foo...
Broadway Actor, Singer and Dancer Gale McNeeley will play Goleta at the Niche Theatre at Live Oak Saturday, October 10th at 2 PM with his show – “50 Years in Musicals.” He will be accompanied on the piano by his musical partner, Betty Faas.
Put on your party shoes and join Art From Scrap for an evening of fun, art, live music, delicious food and festivities! See and bid on the 70 works of art created by artists who met the 2015 challenge of maps. Enjoy beer from Telegraph, wine from Kalyra, Pali, Santa Barbara Winery and Alma Rosa and cool off with some McConnell's Ice Cream.
The highlight of the Columbus Day weekend is the Celebration of Harvest Festival Grand Tasting in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine County at Old Mission Santa Inés. All 120+ winery members gather to present their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves.
An afternoon with historical romance writers, Tessa Dare and Eva Leigh. Hear about their recent releases and what inspires them to write! An informal reception and signings will follow.
Get Lost in Scrap on Saturday, October 10, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Art From Scrap's Lost in Scrap Multimedia Exhibition and Fundraiser. Enjoy an evening of fun, creativity, art, and music. Meet the artists, as you enjoy delicious food, live music from OnE, beer from Telegraph and local wine!
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.
The Rebel Content Tour presents Neil Young + Promise of the Real live at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
A great tradition at the Judith Hale Gallery is the presentation of Western Fine Art. This October, Solvang Antiques in conjunction with Judith Hale Gallery, is pleased to announce their Western Art Exhibit. Featured are new works by Kelly Donovan, Joe Eggert, Don Weller, and Mehl Lawson. Numerous other works by noted Western artists, including etchings by Bob Coronato and Phil Tognazzini, will be on display.
The Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival returns with performances that will showcase a stellar line-up of national and international touring headliners. This is the second year the SBLOLFEST is being produced in Santa Barbara and will take place over two separate back-to-back weekends.
It's bound to be a Beerfest with these two guys. So Super Troop yourself for some tickets before they sell out and you're left laughing with a Broken Lizard. With their hit stand-up comedy special on Netflix titled, "Fat Man and Little Boy" the dynamic Duo are now back on the road, first stop sblolfest to make you do what you're supposed to do at a comedy festival, laugh. Kicking off his evening of hilarity at the Lobero will be Comedy Central's DAN ST. GERMAIN who's Comedy Central sp...
This concert features pianist Paul Berkowitz, UCSB Professor and Head of the Keyboard Program, in a concert featuring a seldom-performed masterpiece, the Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli, Op. 120, by Ludwig van Beethoven.
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