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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Saturday Feb 28, 2015

Carole Watanabe Art & Wine Reception
  • February 28, 2015
  • Times: 1-4PM
  • Location: 1077
  • Address: 2948 Grand Ave, Studio E, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-626-2626
  • Venue: Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio

Open Art & Wine Reception. Meet the artist and view her art show while tasting Artiste’s new releases. 

Elyse Graham Pop-Up Shop
  • February 28, 2015
  • Times: 12-5PM
  • Location: Museum Shop
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Elyse Graham studied metal-smithing at Otis College of Art and Design while in high school before continuing on to study studio art and semiotics at Brown University. After a few years teaching and exploring the U.S., she returned to Los Angeles to found her line of art objects-specifically a series of Geodes and vessels. Graham's current body of work started with a fascination with balloons and their ability to hold a volume of breath. The Geodes were an experim... Details

Hangover Hat Party
  • February 28, 2015
  • Times: 6PM
  • Location: 811
  • Address: 205 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-5857 x 2
  • Venue: Oreana Winery

Break your resolutions at Oreana Winery & Tasting Room! Enjoy live music, food trucks, games and of! Any hat gets you free admission. Proceeds go to G.O.O- Get Oil Out. 

In The Red and Brown Water
  • 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.

Los Olivos Wine Fest
  • February 28, 2015
  • Times: 11AM-5PM
  • Address: Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA

This wine event features wine, food, fun and entrainment! Enjoy many of the towns wine tasting rooms with complimentary wien and food tastings, restaurants, area chefs, and specialty retailers. 

Mardi Gras Party
  • February 28, 2015
  • Times: 5:30-10PM
  • Location: Solvang Veteran's Hall
  • Address: 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
  • Phone: 805-350-4241

“Laissez la musique continue!” Letting the music continue, the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale invites music lovers, party lovers and the entire community to attend its annual fundraiser on February 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Solvang Veterans Hall. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with Louisiana Hurricanes (a French Quarter rum and fruit drink), fiddle and jazz music, Cajun hors d'oeuvres, New Orleans red beans and rice, chopped salad, and southern desserts. Beer (underwritten by Figuero... Details

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • February 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Fisherman's Market, Farmers Market, gourmet shops
  • Address: Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-259-7229

Shop for seasonal local ingredients and learn how to use them to easily create delicious gourmet meals. Our hands-on cooking class is followed by a shared feast paired with wines.  Please call ahead or visit website to see the day's menu. 

PCPA presents: Peter and the Starcatcher
  • February 28, 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.

Perfect Pairings at the Public Market
  • February 28, 2015 - March 01, 2015
  • Times: 4-7PM
  • Address: 38 West Victoria (at Chapala) #120, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-770-7702
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Public Market

Feed your curiosity and come sample delicious and free "Perfect Pairings" at the Santa Barbara Public Market. Public Market merchants are "pairing up" with each other to create inventive food samplings using each other's ingredients, and playing off of all the food synergies that exist between purveyors across the Market. 

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • February 28, 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

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • February 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-4:30PM
  • Address: 720 Bond Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

If you like tasty treats and wine, then you are going to love this Santa Ynez tour! This wine tour features a delicious sampling of wine infused cupcakes in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. Actual dates may vary - minimum numbers required on all tours. Subject to availability - please call for schedule. 

The Long Shadow of the Warren Court LBJ and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court
  • February 28, 2015
  • Times: 3PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library
  • Address: Santa Barbara Mission 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-893-4388

UCSB Prof. Laura Kalman concludes that LBJ’s quest to consolidate Presidential power led to clashes with Congress that had consequences for the way the Warren Court era is remembered, the Supreme Court as an institution, and the way that Americans have selected and confirmed justices ever since.

Visual Arts & Design Academy "Draw"
  • February 28, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: 21662
  • Address: 120 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-9101 x 5055

Original artwork by over a hundred local artists, celebrities and art students are literally "up for grabs" at the Visual Arts & Design Academy Draw. Each ticket buyer chooses a work of art to take home without knowing who created it. Donating artists have created works relating to this year's theme of "Rain Dance." Ticket includes entry for two, an original work of art, food, drinks, music and dancing. 

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • February 28, 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.

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