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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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Friday Feb 27, 2015


American Heart Association- Go Red For Women Luncheon
  • February 27, 2015
  • Times: 10:30AM-1PM
  • Location: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
  • Address: 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-963-8862

The Go Red For Women Luncheon is an event to raise funds for research and initiatives preventing heart disease and stroke. The luncheon is the American Heart Association's annual event to increase awareness of heart disease and inspire women to take charge of their health.

An Intimate Evening with Carole Watanabe
  • February 27, 2015
  • Times: 6PM to 7:30 PM
  • Address: 2948 Grand Ave, Studio E, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-626-2626
  • Venue: Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio

Join us for an intimate evening with Carole Watanabe and the first viewing of her new art show while enjoying gourmet cheese and charcuterie from local Santa Ynez Cheese Company and Artiste's new releases. RSVP required. 

Fellinfest 2015 - A Theatre Festival for Movie Lovers
  • February 27, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7PM
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

A five-day festival of plays about movies and the people who made them. Three premiere, original productions: La La La Strada, Marlene the Competition, and Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Wells. Please check website for specific dates and times of each performance. 

In The Red and Brown Water
  • February 27, 2015 - February 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Hatlen Theater at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Phone: 805-893-2064

Yoruba mythology and contemporary poets, this first work in 2013 MacArthur fellow Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy tells a coming-of-age story set in a Louisiana bayou housing project. This riveting play is often described as a theatrical poem encompassing story, dance and song.

PCPA presents: Peter and the Starcatcher
  • February 27, 2015 - March 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Showtimes: 1:30PM & 7PM
  • Address: 800 S. College Drive, , CA 93454
  • Phone: 805-922-8313
  • Venue: PCPA Theaterfest

Based on the novel by Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatcher is the grownup's prequel to Peter Pan. This multi-Tony winner turns the legend of Peter Pan on its head with a madly theatrical and ingenious reboot of how a wretched orphan became The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • February 27, 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

SBMA Presents Atelier: Primavera in Winter
  • February 27, 2015
  • Times: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Celebrate the splendors of spring during a one-night postmodern pilgrimage through 500 years of Italian painting inspired by the exhibition Botticeli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museum. Hors d'oeuvres, wine & signature cocktails will be served. 

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • February 27, 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.

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.

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz, The Cave of Treasures
  • February 27, 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.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • February 27, 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.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • February 27, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores presents the new exhibition, BANDERA WARE: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolución a República. The exhibition gives light to a rare style of earthenware ceramics created in Jalisco utilizing colors of the Mexican flag (la bandera). The unique mix of green, white and red appear in flora, fauna and abstract design of the bandera-ware, referencing symbols and history of the flag itself.

Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
  • February 27, 2015 - May 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM; Chase Free Thur 5-8PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6430
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This beautiful and powerfully moving exhibition explores the evolution of Italian painting over five centuries, from late medieval works of the 14th century to Impressionist pictures of the 19th. Drawn from the Glasgow Museums' outstanding Italian holdings, the show features works by some of the greatest masters of the these periods, including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Signorelli, and Titian; many of the pictures have never before be... Details

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
  • February 27, 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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Come Rejuvenate Beachside at the Fess Parker Resort

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Save up to 15% at the only luxury boutique hotel in downtown

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