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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Ravel's 'Boléro'
A lively Academy Festival Orchestra program featuring Ravel’s masterpiece. 8pm, June 27 at The Granada. Tickets: $10, $40, and $50; 7-17 free.

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Friday May 29, 2015

13, The Musical
  • May 29, 2015 - May 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Location: Marjorie Luke Theater
  • Address: 721 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-708-8897

Arete Productions, the performance arm of Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts, will present the Broadway hit musical "13," a grown-up story about growing up, featuring a talented cast of Santa Barbara young people. Special preview show plus SOPA showcase fundraiser on Friday, May 29 at 7.00.

Aldo Luongo - VIP Reception
  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Address: 125 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Phone: 805-626-2626
  • Venue: Sunstone Winery

Join us for an intimate evening with Aldo Luongo and the first viewing of his new art show while enjoying nibbles and Artiste's new releases. 

Half Price Fridays at Santa Barbara Rock Gym
  • May 29, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Rock Gym
  • Address: 322 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-770-3225

Fridays after 5:00 pm admission to Santa Barbara Rock Gym is only $7.50. Fun for climbers of all ages and ability levels

Live Music in the Barrel Room with The Agreeables
  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 6-8PM
  • Address: 414 North Salsipuedes, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-965-7985
  • Venue: Carr Winery

Not to be missed indie rockers The Agreeables wield their powers of catchy originals and classic covers.

Sandhi Wines Tasting
  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 5-7PM
  • Address: 131 Anacapa Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-456-2700
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Wine Collective

Please join Sandhi Winemaker, Sashi Moorman, for a tasting of new Sandhi releases and light appetizers. 

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • May 29, 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

The English Beat

One of the most popular and influential ska groups plays live at SohoSB. 

The Moral and Ethical Leadership of Abraham Lincoln

Bestselling author Ronald C. White shares insights into Abraham Lincoln at a luncheon and lecture, "The Moral and Ethical Leadership of Abraham Lincoln."

The Spirit of Solstice Art Opening
  • May 29, 2015
  • Times: 6-8PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Meet the artists of Solstice at the art opening and party for the Spirit of Solstice art exhibition. Featuring the work of past and current Artists-in-Residence at Santa Barbara's Solstice Workshop, this exhibition celebrates the creative spirit of Solstice. The Solstice Parade and Festival is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, usually drawing over 100,000 spectators from around the world. 

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • May 29, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

This trip takes us into the heart of the Santa Barbara’s wine country, home to several very popular California vintners. We depart by van in the morning and head to the Foxen Canyon Trail or Santa Rita Hills, perfect for cycling through scenic vineyards and ranch lands.

World War Free with The Narcicyst

Yassin "The Narcicyst"/“Narcy” Alsalman is a leading Arab musician, actor and artist. With his unique visual show, he invites you to explore the history of war between the continents and help shape a future made by the will of humanity for peace and prosperity.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Barbara

Turn Santa Barbara into a giant gameboard with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Part amazing race, part city tour, your adventure is guided from any smart phone. Teams solve clues and complete challenges while seeing the sights and learning local history.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • May 29, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily: 10:30AM returning at 5:30PM
  • Address: We pick you up from any Santa Barbara hotel., , CA
  • Phone: 805-705-0562
  • Venue: Adventure Hummer and Backroads Wine Tours

Join our award winning wine tour to see and experience the wine country on Santa Barbara backroads. Follow the old stagecoach route to world renowned vineyards with our expert guide. Your epicurean experience is a VIP event that includes about 25 wine tastings and a delicious lunch prepared for you.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • May 29, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores presents the new exhibition, BANDERA WARE: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolución a República. The exhibition gives light to a rare style of earthenware ceramics created in Jalisco utilizing colors of the Mexican flag (la bandera). The unique mix of green, white and red appear in flora, fauna and abstract design of the bandera-ware, referencing symbols and history of the flag itself.

Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruises

Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists lead 2-hour cruises that focus on bald eagles, local birds and migratory birds, local wildlife, flora, geology, and Native American and settler history.

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Island Tours

Kayak, snorkel and hike the National Park. Book Now!

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Golf Sandpiper

Experience an inspiring combination of challenge and beauty!

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Bacara Resort

Enjoy 2 complimentary spa services at Bacara Resort & Spa

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Hooray Summer!

Santa Barbara’s Best Destination Resort for Kids of All Ages

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To anywhere in the world, Santa Barbara Airport!

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Lemon Tree Inn

Poolside rooms, deluxe Suites and Crocodile Restaurant & Bar

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