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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 23, 2014


"Lasting Impressions"
  • July 23, 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

Book Lecture and signing of Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara's History Through Public Art

Erin Graffy de Garcia, Guest Curator, uncovers the history behind Old Spanish Days Fiesta in a lecture and walking tour based on her newest book, Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara's History Through its Public Art.

Funk Zone Tasting Pass
  • July 23, 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.

Las Pinturas de la Fiesta
  • July 23, 2014 - August 31, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-5:30PM
  • Address: 7 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Municipal Winemakers

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 23, 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. 

Polka Dot Alley "The Red and Blue Shoes"
  • July 23, 2014
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Address: 33 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-679-6015
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Polka Dot Alley, a documentary by Mallet and Kazarian, featuring the 2009 & 2010 Fiesta seasons with choreography by Linda Vega, Maria Bermudez, Paloma Rios and Timo Nunez. An inside view of what happens behind the scenes at Fiesta, and at its core the passion and art of teaching flamenco.

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • July 23, 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 23, 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: Sherlock Jr.
  • July 23, 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

In this ingenious, oft-imitated classic (see Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo), Buster Keaton plays a lovelorn film projectionist who falls asleep and dreams he's jumped into the movie screen, interacting with the actors and turning into the ace detective of his wildest cinema fantasies.

Windless Chimes production presents Polka Dot Alley the Red & Blue Shoes
  • July 23, 2014
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Polka Dot Alley ~ the Red & Blue Shoes, a film by Christine Mallet and Randal Kazarian featuring the Linda Vega Dance Studio, along with a cast of Santa Barbara dancers, musicians and singers will premiere at the Lobero Theatre on July 23, 2014. 

Zoo Camp
  • July 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.

Aviation Youth Academy
  • July 23, 2014 - July 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-2PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Airport
  • Address: 1523 Cook Place, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-683-7575

Santa Barbara's Premier Flight School presents its 4th Annual Aviation Youth Academy. Fly every day, tour the air traffic control tower, fly-in to nearby airports, experience field trips, conduct aviation science experiments, and more... Above All Aviation was named a Top 50 Flight School in the U.S. by AOPA in 2012 & 2013. Two of AAA's instructors were also named amongst the Top 50 in the nation. 

Big Wednesday at Sandbar!
  • July 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 10PM
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 514 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-252-5409
  • Venue: Sandbar

Sandbar's Big Wednesday! Live Reggae Music featuring different bands every Week! Come out and help us spread the good vibes!

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