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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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Wednesday Jul 30, 2014


"Lasting Impressions"
  • July 30, 2014 - July 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-688-7517

Award winning pastel artists, Kris Buck and Terri Taber will exhibit their plein air paintings at Gallery Los Olivos throughout month of July

¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • July 30, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Exhibit examines the history of lotería in Mexico which combines graphic images of iconic symbols and objects of everyday life, called out with clues or improvised riddle. Lotería continues to be a subject of fascination in popular culture, from song to tattoo art.

2014 Old Spanish Days Fiesta
  • July 30, 2014 - August 03, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Various times
  • Location: Old Spanish Days Fiesta
  • Address: 129 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-8101

Old Spanish Days Fiesta event provides an education to residents and visitors about the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers. Enjoy live international performances, parades and much more entertainment.

Casa Cantina
  • July 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12PM-12AM
  • Address: 15 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: Casa de la Guerra

Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as SBTHP presents Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta!

Funk Zone Tasting Pass
  • July 30, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: All day
  • Location: Funk Zone
  • Phone: 800-936-3126

The Funk Zone Tasting Pass gives you the opportunity to explore a unique selection of the great wineries in the neatest, grooviest part of Santa Barbara at your leisure. The pass includes one (1) tasting at each of the eight (8) wineries from the date of purchase until August 24th.

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Artist’s Reception
  • July 30, 2014
  • Times: 5:30-7PM
  • Location: Leigh Block Gallery at Hospice of Santa Barbara
  • Address: 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-563-8820

Join Hospice of Santa Barbara for a Fiesta Artist’s Reception for Laurie MacMillan’s art exhibition, entitled “My Back Yard.” The exhibit features her work celebrating nature’s constant renewal and the earth’s dynamism.

Italian Wine Seminar & Dinner with Italian Sommelier

Please join us for an evening of wine education with Italian Sommelier Antonio Gerli, including a delicious Italian meal prepared by his wife Chef Elisabetta of Sorriso Italiano. Event will take places on the the creekside patio, across the bridge!

Las Pinturas de la Fiesta

Special exhibit works include folklorico paintings from Mexico, Los Angeles, historical paintings of las Doñas of the Casa de la Guerra and iconic images of Fiesta.

Mbuti: Children of the Forest
  • July 30, 2014 - September 15, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-10PM
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805.969.3626, ext. 103

This photographic exhibition and accompanying short film explore the culture of the Mbuti, the pygmy hunter-gatherers of the Congo Rainforest. Opening talk and reception on Sunday, July 20 from 2-5P. 

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • July 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

A relaxing day paddling along the Santa Barbara waterfront. We “put-in” at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson. Our journey takes us through the harbor, along secluded beaches, past sea lions and kelp forests and around the historic pier.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • July 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7AM or 8AM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

If this is your first time kayaking Channel Islands National Park, then this is where you want to go. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.

Summer Film Series Presents: Girl Shy
  • July 30, 2014
  • Times: 7:30PM
  • Location: Campbell Hall
  • Address: University of California, Bldg. 402, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: UCSB Arts & Lectures

A shy, stuttering bachelor named Harold (none other than Harold Lloyd) pens The Secret of Making Love, a guidebook for other bashful young men. While trying to get it published in the big city, he falls for a lovely girl, but more than a few obstacles lie in their path.1924, 87 minutes

Zoo Camp
  • July 30, 2014 - August 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: 8AM-5:15PM
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-5339
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Voted “Best Summer Camp” by readers of the Santa Barbara Independent and the News Press for 15 consecutive years! The wildest summer camp in town just got better, offering half-day and full day week-long camp for ages 3 to 12. New Conservation Crew for older kids, ages 9 to 12, includes field trips.

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • July 30, 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. 

14th Annual Buddha Abides
  • July 30, 2014 - August 02, 2014
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sat 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Now in its fourteenth year, Buddha Abides provides a forum where Buddhist influenced work by local, contemporary artists is shown, appreciated and purchased.

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