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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.


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Monday Aug 03, 2015


Music Academy of the West presents: The New York Philharmonic
  • August 03, 2015
  • Times: 7PM
  • Address: 1122 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-969-8787
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Bowl

The Music Academy of the West presents the nation's preeminent symphony orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, in its Santa Barbara Bowl debut. Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the Philharmonic in an all-American program under the stars, overlooking the ocean.

Nate Birkey Quartet

Nate Birkey's quiet but intense demeanor typifies an artist restlessly pursuing the evolution of his own musical personality. As composer, trumpeter and vocalist, he imbues warmth and broiling energy into his music.

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours
  • August 03, 2015 - August 17, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • 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 Thea... Details

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • August 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM -12PM or 1PM- 3PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara coastline offers several fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. We will teach you the basics of surfing on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. This is a great way to get a taste of surfing in just a few hours.

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
  • August 03, 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.

CA COOL at Sullivan Goss

Curator Jeremy Tessmer has assembled modernist / minimalist paintings and sculptures from the 1950s to the present day that exhibit traces of the detachment implied by coolness. Many are bright and colorful, though, reminding us that 'cool' is neither too hot nor too cold. There are also nods to surf culture and to skate culture, to graphic design and to product design. There are contemporary works, by artists based in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, that both reflect coolness and critique it... Details

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • August 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

On view from the Permanent Collection of Casa Dolores, works of art in clay, leather, wood, textile and silver, representing the vast regions of Mexico and artisan craft traditions of the 20th century. Roger Brown ceramics in garden. In English and Spanish. Exhibition ongoing.

Children's Morning Sailboat Cruise

Take the Kids on an adventure they will never forget! An adventure out at sea on our 41 ft. Sailboat. Sit back and relax or help the Captain and Crew. Pack a picnic, drinks onboard for purchase. 2 Hrs. A save and stable vessel for the young. Life jackets provided. Pets are welcome.

DeeTours –City and Wine Tours in One-Of-A-Kind Jeep Limo
  • August 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily Departures to Accommodate Guests
  • Location: Call for meeting location
  • Address: P.O. Box 90251, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
  • Phone: 805-448-8425

90 minutes narrated city tour of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Highlights include the Mission, El Presidio, Wharf/Harbor, Courthouse, family fun spots, celebrity trivia and a breathtaking view from the Riviera. Small lap dogs welcome. The wine tour takes you to 4 vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Included are your tasting fees and an organic picnic lunch. Visit Solvang (Danish Community), do some olive oil tasting and stop by the 125 year old Cold Springs Tavern (optional).Or visit... Details

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • August 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursdays 5-8PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.  

El Paseo Wine & Photo Tour with Eat This, Shoot That!
  • August 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: El Paseo Wine Collection
  • Address: 23 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This casual 2-2.5 hour Santa Barbara wine tour walks guests through the historic Wine Collection of El Paseo for small bites and sips of various wines grown in our local Santa Ynez valley. Along the way, learn a thing or two about Santa Barbara history and photography tips from a pro. You're welcome to bring along your camera or just your smartphone!

Fiesta! At Paseo Nuevo
  • August 03, 2015 - August 10, 2015
  • Times: Varies
  • Address: 651 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Paseo Nuevo

Join Paseo Nuevo at they celebrate Old Spanish Day's Fiesta with Flamenco dance performances and live music in Center Court all week long. See website for specific performances and times. Viva la! 

Full Day Surfing Lessons
  • August 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM - 2:30PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

Our full day surfing trips are a great foundation to this exciting sport, focusing on the fundamentals reading water, paddling, etiquette, catching waves and riding. Our knowledgeable instructors will use their skills to point out the finer points of catching waves.

Megolodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived

At 60 feet long, Megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived, and a formidable marine predator. Though Megalodon vanished around 2 million years ago, its size and power continue to inspire awe. This compelling traveling exhibit, Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived opens on Saturday, May 30 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Visitors can walk through a 60-foot-long sculpture that reveals the true scale of this amazing top predator. The exhibit showcases fossil sharks, massiv... Details

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