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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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Film Feast: Jan 27 - Feb 7, 2015
Film Feast 2015 is your invitation to take a bite of dramatic dining, treat your taste buds to adventurous libations, linger longer with lodging packages & cheers the last 30 years of filmmaking during SBIFF.



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Friday Jan 30, 2015


Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • January 30, 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.

Film Feast 2015
  • January 30, 2015 - February 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Vary
  • Location: All around Santa Barbara!
  • Phone: 805-966-9222

From Jan. 27 - Feb. 7 enjoy special menus, adventurous tasting flights and cinematically-themed lodging packages. Coinciding with the 30th Anniversary of the International Film Festival, it's your turn to hit the spotlight, walk down the red carpet, and savor the flavors of Film Feast 2015.

Kayak the American Riviera!
  • January 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: 10AM-2PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

See the American Riviera from a unique perspective. We can't promise you'll be as lucky, but some of our guests have paddled with whales on this trip-even with its proximity to the city. We "put-in" at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • January 30, 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 www.SBcomedy.com

SCRIPT TO SCREEN: The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • January 30, 2015
  • Times: 2--5PM
  • Location: Pollock Theater, UCSB

The Grand Budapest Hotel won the 2015 Golden Globe for "Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy" and has been nominated for 9 Academy Awards. Join us for a post-screening Q&A with the Oscar Nominated Producer Jeremy Dawson, Oscar nominated production designer Adam Stockhausen & star Tony Revolori.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • January 30, 2015
  • 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.

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
  • January 30, 2015
  • Times: 6-8PM
  • Location: Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB
  • Address: Music Bldg. 1313, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805-893-3230

The UCSB Department of Music presents Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. This Opera interpretation of one of the Bard’s most popular works features a composition by Professor Joel Feigin.

Under the Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style
  • January 30, 2015 - March 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Explore the life and work of architect and draftswoman Lutah Maria Riggs and her contribution to what has become "Santa Barbara Style". The special exhibition celebrates the iconic architectural elements that define America's Riviera. 

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • January 30, 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.

Wine Tasting with the Winter Pass
  • January 30, 2015 - January 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-5PM
  • Location: Various Wine Tasting Rooms Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Ynez
  • Phone: 805-886-7152

Last few weeks! One Pass--One Price--15 Wineries! For just $40, tasters receive one wine tasting at 15 of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting rooms. Valid every day from 10/15/14 through 1/31/15. Reservations are not required and there are no blackout dates.

“Wine and Wisdom” Trivia Night at Sevtap Tasting Room
  • January 30, 2015 - February 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 7:30-9PM
  • Address: 1576 Copenhagen Dr. #1, Solvang, CA 93463
  • Phone: 805-693-9200
  • Venue: Sevtap Winery

"Wine and Wisdom!" Weekly trivia night at the Sevtap Winery. Winner gets a bottle of Sevtap wine to take home :)

30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • January 30, 2015 - February 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Various locations
  • Address: 2064 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 120, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-963-0023
  • Venue: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival returns to celebrate its 30th Anniversary! Please visit website for full schedule list, tickets and more!    

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz, The Cave of Treasures
  • January 30, 2015 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings.

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.

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise
  • January 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Fridays 3-5PM, Saturday 10AM-12PM, 3-5PM and Sunday 10AM-12PM
  • Location: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
  • Address: Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805-568-2460

Naturalist-guided cruise on Cachuma Lake focuses on wildlife, flora, cultural history, and geology.  

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Wine Classic

Save 10% on Winter Wine Classic tickets – Sat., January 24

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Endless Summer

Come Rejuvenate Beachside at the Fess Parker Resort

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Island Tours

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

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Canary Hotel

The only luxury hotel in downtown Santa Barbara. Book Now.

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The Goodland

The Ultimate So Cal Retreat with 25% off and a massage.

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Film Feast 2015

Sip, savor and stay during Film Feast in Santa Barbara!


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