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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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Thursday Sep 18, 2014


¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • September 18, 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.

Anne Ward and Erling Sjovold Solo Exhibitions
  • September 18, 2014 - October 05, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 1-5PM
  • Address: 517 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-5588
  • Venue: Marcia Burtt Gallery

Anne Ward's contemporary take on genre painting is a discovery of shape, color and pattern in everyday life. Erling Sjovold's Old River, New Shore series tells the narrative of a river over time through plein air portraits and abstract deconstructions.

Art from Scrap Presents: To the Sea
  • September 18, 2014 - October 04, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Curated by artist Holly Mackay, To The Sea is an all ages collaborative installation and playful call to action aiming to empower and engage the community in finding solutions to the growing problem of plastics in our environment, specifically in our water.  

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • September 18, 2014
  • 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.

Concert for Special Olympics Santa Barbara
  • September 18, 2014
  • Times: 6:30PM-12AM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-1516
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

The concert will feature 4 local bands: The Reignsmen, Me & Dinosaur, Bonny Doon, and Voices of Where. Priority seating is available only to dinner guests with a reservation.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • September 18, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles
  • September 18, 2014
  • Times: 5PM
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Join SBTHP as Catherine Kurland and Evangeline Ordaz-Molina discuss Hotel Mariachi, their book which depicts the mariachi musicians of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, and the eighty-year-old mariachi culture centered in the 1889 hotel on Mariachi Plaza.

Jazz at the Plaza
  • September 18, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5pm
  • Address: 121 S. Hope Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-687-3500
  • Venue: La Cumbre Plaza

Join us for Jazz at the Plaza each Thursday in September from 5 to 7pm for complimentary live music from renowned musicians. Optional wine and food tasting available for a $15 contribution to the evenings featured nonprofit beneficiary. To see who is playing: http://shoplacumbre.com/Events/jazz

MUNI Muvies
  • September 18, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: Sun Down
  • Address: 22 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-931-6864
  • Venue: Municipal Winemakers

Guess what time it is...Summertime!! And Summertime means MUVIE time! And MUVIE time is for FREEE! Every Thursday Night this Summer Muni will be playing MUVIES on the patio. Hooray!! This time around we're fishing for a big fish: Bill Murray. Bill Murray where are you?!  Call the Tasting Room  for Muvie information!

New Beginnings Anger Management Classes
  • September 18, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-7:15PM
  • Location: New Beginnings Counseling Center
  • Address: 324 E. Carrillo St., Ste. C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: (805) 963-7777 x133

Do you think you have a problem with anger? Join New Beginnings Counseling Center in a 12-Week Anger Management Psychoeducational Group. The group will be facilitated by Mike Juarez and Danielle Amara Norlinger who are working under supervision at New Beginnings Counseling Center. Call to sign up!

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • September 18, 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.

Santa Barbara Opera and Fumanelli Winemaker
  • September 18, 2014
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Address: 8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa

Inspired by Verona, the "City of Love" as made famous by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this evening offers the perfect coupling of fine wine and theater arts featuring winemaker, Armando Fumanelli and a lovely reception and four-course tasting menu by Executive Chef David Reardon.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • September 18, 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.

Sea Otter Awareness Week- Public Talk presented by Greg Sanders, Marine Biologist

Join our free public talk during Sea Otter Awareness Week! Thursday at 7pm at Sea Center, Santa Barbara “A Sea Otter Tale: Southern California’s sea otters, their turbulent past and brighter future” presented by Greg Sanders, Marine Biologist.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • September 18, 2014
  • 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.

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