Santa Barbara Events

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, 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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Sunday Jul 27, 2014

"Lasting Impressions"
  • July 27, 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

Chef’s Table – Every Sunday @ The Los Olivos Café
  • July 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 5PM-Close
  • Address: 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-688-7265
  • Venue: Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant

Bring your family to dine with our family here at The Los Olivos Café. Every Sunday, Chef Shaun King will prepare a special and unique menu that is meant to share with your family tableside. Enjoy a 3-course meal served ‘family-style' that your whole family will enjoy!  Every Sunday the menu will change, so you and your guests can enjoy a new family-dining experience every week!  Reservations are not required for this special menu, but recommended. Please note that the wh... Details

Foreigner and STYX, with special guest Don Felder
  • July 27, 2014
  • Times: 6PM
  • Address: 1122 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-7411
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Bowl

Foreigner and STYX, with special guest Don Felder, will join forces to provide a night full of live music! Tickets on sale February 8th at 11AM. 

Funk Zone Tasting Pass
  • July 27, 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.

  • July 27, 2014 - August 10, 2014
  • Times: Various times
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

Joshua Sobol's powerful play based on true events about residents of a wartime Jewish ghetto who entertain the Nazis in exchange for their lives. Not suitable for children. Contains adult themes, gunfire, loud noises.Directed by Ed Giron, Music Director Bill Waxman. Visit website for a full schedule and times.July 18-20; 25-27; Aug 1-3; 8-10.   

Las Pinturas de la Fiesta

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 27, 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. 

Michael McDonald Rock n' Roll Royalty benefit for Youth Interactive
  • July 27, 2014
  • Times: 12-9:00PM
  • Location: FunkZone Block Party
  • Address: 131 Yanonali/Helena St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 510-859-7934

On July 27th, Youth Interactive will be hosting a once in a lifetime concert experience with performances by Yassou Benedict, Dylan McDonald & The Avians, Ambrosia, and Michael McDonald! Silent & live auction, live art, and VIP/VVIP opportunities! This event is for ages 21+.

Mixing Meditation and Daily Life
  • July 27, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 10:30-11:30AM
  • Address: 508 Brinkerhoff Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-563-6000
  • Venue: Mahakankala Buddhist Center

Meditation is not simply a practice that we engage in on a cushion or chair. We allow our meditation practice to touch our heart and influence our actions in our daily life. In this series you will learn how we can mix meditation and daily life so that we are more enthusiastic about our practice.

Orlando, Virginia Woolf’s novel adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl
  • July 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 8-10PM
  • Location: Java Station
  • Address: 4447 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA

Woolf’s Orlando, called the “longest love letter ever to be written in literary history” spans five centuries as Orlando seeks to find meaning in life through love, adventure, and poetry. Orlando is performed at multiple venues, reserve your tickets at!

Santa Barbara Greek Festival
  • July 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-7PM
  • Location: Oak Park
  • Address: 300 West Alamar Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

This annual festival evokes the sights, sounds & tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Stroll through Santa Barbara's Oak Park, and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village. Free Greek dance lesson, live Greek musicians and delicious food.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • July 27, 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.

Sunday Winyl
  • July 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Location: Patio
  • Address: 22 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-931-6864
  • Venue: Municipal Winemakers

Sunday Winyl, in addition to extended hours, we are also starting up our mello DJ patio sessions. Coast through the end if your summer weekends with our WINYL series.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • July 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM
  • 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.

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • July 27, 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. 

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