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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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Thursday Apr 17, 2014


"A Mad Tea-Party"
  • April 17, 2014 - May 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 116 East Yanonali St C-1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-637-3898
  • Venue: Wall Space Gallery

Usher in the spring with an exhibition that playfully examines codes of femininity in lush visual style. "A Little Madness in Spring" invites viewers to reflect on gendered composure, etiquette, and the allure of the fashioned object during the season celebrated for sensory profusion.

Comedy Hideaway Feat. Headliners from HBO, Comedy Central, NBC
  • April 17, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 7:30PM and 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom (Inside of Goleta Petrini's)
  • Address: 5711 Calle Real, Goleta, CA, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-636-1495

Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national television to Santa Barbara. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at SBcomedy.com."

Conversation with the Artist-Doris Bittar: "Between the Stripes"
  • April 17, 2014
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Address: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-8411
  • Venue: UCSB MultiCultural Center

Interdiciplinary artist, Doris Bittar's paintings, photos,and interactive installations explore the intersection between the decorative arts and history.

Future of the Past: The Way We Were
  • April 17, 2014
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Pollock Theater UCSB
  • Address: UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-4637

Screen legends Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford make movie magic as the captivating star-crossed lovers, Hubbell Gardiner and Katie Morosky. Theirs is a classic love story sparked by the attraction of opposites, played out against the backdrop of American life during times of foreign war, domestic prosperity and McCarthy-era paranoia in Hollywood. 

Galapagos Islands: How a Finch, A Tortoise, and Charles Darwin Changed the Course of Modern Science
  • April 17, 2014
  • Times: 5:45-7:15PM
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-6310
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Zoo Director Nancy McToldridge explores the Galapagos Islands through photographs, stories and history. When Charles Darwin visited the archipelago as the HMS Beagle's naturalist, he uncovered secret clues to natural selection, and wrote about the natural wonders of this unique ecosystem that still holds the fascination of mankind. 

Meet the Masters at Bacara-Whiskey Master Johnnie Mundell
  • April 17, 2014
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Address: 8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-571-3012
  • Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa

The evening begins with a reception on the Miro Terrace, followed by an exquisite three-course tasting menu in the Miro Wine Cellar. Each course will be expertly paired with whiskey and wine selections by Jonnie Mundell. 

Pork & Cork
  • April 17, 2014 - June 12, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-10PM
  • Location: Finch & Fork
  • Address: 31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-879-9100
  • Venue: Finch & Fork at the Canary Hotel

Chef James Siao creates new and unique ways to pair pork with wine. 

Sustainable Seafood Dinner and Lecture with UCSB and Wine Cask
  • April 17, 2014
  • Address: 813 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-9463
  • Venue: Wine Cask

UCSB Professor Peter Alagona will shed light on the sustainability of seafood through several engaging multimedia presentations while diners embark on a one-of-a-kind, five-course seafood dinner, almost completely from local, renewable sources. 

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents: Billy Collins & Aimee Mann
  • April 17, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Campbell Hall
  • Address: University of California, Bldg. 402, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: UCSB Arts & Lectures

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and Oscar-nominated songwriter and indie music star Aimee Mann come together for a rare evening of poetry and music, celebrating the marvels of their companionable crafts. 

"108 Spacks Street" An Exibhit Honoring Poet Barry Spacks

This exhibition honors Barry Spacks, artist, poet and Santa Barbara's 1st Poet Laureate.The exhibit features 108 of Spacks' paintings. Spacks was a practicing Buddhist and the number 108 is special because it represents the amount of beads on a Mala that represent auspicious occasions. 

"Jimmy's Chinatown" Art Show
  • April 17, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Location: Three Pickles @ the Pickle Room
  • Address: 126 E. Canon Perdid St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 760-525-8135

An exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy's Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as athe subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy will honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy Chung and his family, as well as the neighborhood. 

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • April 17, 2014 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

This Exhibition will explore the history if the significance of the Tree of Life in Mexico. Ranging from a traditional wedding gift, to being used as a religious education tool between friars and Native Americans when the Spanish first came to the country. 

April Showers, an exhibition of Erin Williams
  • April 17, 2014 - April 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-6PM
  • Location: Bella Rosa Galleries
  • Address: 1103State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bella Rosa Galleries presents April Showers, a solo exhibition of new work by watercolorist Erin Williams. April Showers will feature Erin's vibrant, large-scale paintings of seascapes and flowers that capture the divinity and beauty of nature. An artists reception will be held April 3rd from 5-8PM. 

Backstage Passes at the Santa Barbara Zoo
  • April 17, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 1:30-3:30PM (weekdays only) dates are subject to availability
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-5339 x 151
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Ideal for kids, this is a fun and interactive, up-close and personal experience which allows guests ages five and up to work alongside an experienced zookeeper for 1½ hours as part of one of four Backstage Pass packages: Barnyard:  Guests enter the barnyard and learn first-hand the ins and outs of caring for three heritage breeds that played a part in California ranching history: Guinea hogs, Navajo-Churro sheep, and San Clemente Island goats. Feathered Friends:  Guests joi... Details

Bee Cell: A Video Environment
  • April 17, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum hours: 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-682-4711

The Bee Cell invites Museum visitors to immerse themselves in a proxy bee hive where scale and viewpoint are altered for a new perspective on bees and our relationships to them. 

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