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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Saturday Aug 01, 2015

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
  • August 01, 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.

Great Gatsby Gala
  • August 01, 2015
  • Times: 5-8:30PM
  • Location: Sanford Winery & Vineyards
  • Address: 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: 805-735-5900 x 9

Step back in time to celebrate 1920's style with glam, gild and great wine at Sanford Winery. As the sun sets, sip on Sanford's estate wines, play croquet, indulge in 1920's-inspired dishes, dance next to the vineyards to live jazz and compete for "Best Dressed". 

Groovin' in the Grove
  • August 01, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 2PM
  • Location: Elks Lodge
  • Address: 150 N. Kellogg Ave., Goleta, CA 93117

Attendees will enjoy  all sorts of classic cars from 1930-1949. There will be music, food, a no-host bar, and a kids paly area. 

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • August 01, 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. 

Painted Cave Kayak Tour

Get ready for a full day at sea! Explore Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the world! Painted Cave is within a Marine Protected Area and also a part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. After exploring the cave, you can go snorkeling too. Breakfast and lunch included.

Painting in the Vineyard @ Kenneth Volk
  • August 01, 2015
  • Times: 10am-12:30pm
  • Location: Kenneth Volk Vineyards
  • Address: 5230 Tepusquet Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
  • Phone: 626-437-5569

Paint the landscape at Kenneth Volk Vineyards. No painting experience necessary. Ticket includes a tasting flight, step-by-step instructions and all the materials for you to create your masterpiece.

Rhythm and Brews
  • August 01, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 5-7PM
  • Location: Pure Order Brewing Co.
  • Address: 410 N. Quarantina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-966-2881

Enjoy Pure Order's full line up of brews, local food trucks and good music!  

Rocket Ship Totems Art From Scrap Workshop with Mary Price
  • August 01, 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.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • August 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:30 & 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom above Apero Bar & Tapas
  • Address: 532 State St (2nd floor), Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-364-2999

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

Santa Barbara Greek Festival
  • August 01, 2015 - August 02, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-7PM
  • Address: 300 W. Alamar, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Oak Park

Santa Barbara's Annual Greek Festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Enjoy delectable festival favorites like gyros, moussaka and baklava as well exotic instruments and music, free dance lessons, and more!  

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours
  • August 01, 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

Star Party at Cachuma Lake!

Join the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit for an "out of this world" presentation. After, at 9PM, telescope viewings begin at the Dakota Plains area. 

Sun Salutation Yoga
  • August 01, 2015 - August 02, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 8-9AM
  • Location: East Beach, Calle Puerto Vallarta (on the sand near the water)
  • Phone: 805-636-2546
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Outdoor Fitness

Say good morning to the world with a series of Suyra Namaskar, the sun salutation, as you wake your mind, body, and spirit. The class will end with a guided meditation full of positive affirmations, leaving you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to start your day! 

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • August 01, 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. 

The Colourist

The Colourist are a pop-fueled, indie-bred rock group based out of Southern California. 

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