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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 Aug 29, 2014


"Two Palettes"
  • August 29, 2014 - August 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Gallery Los Olivos
  • Address: 2920 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-688-7517

The public is invited to enjoy the vibrant, impressionist oil paintings by B J Stapen and Carol Simon from August 1-31 at Gallery Los Olivos. Meet and greet the artists at a reception on Saturday, August 9 from 2-4PM.

¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • August 29, 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.

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
  • August 29, 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. 

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • August 29, 2014
  • 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

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • August 29, 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 Studio Artists Exhibit
  • August 29, 2014 - August 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: TUES-SAT 11AM-6PM
  • Location: Corridan Gallery
  • Address: 125 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Studio Artists 13th Annual Open Studios Tour features access to dozens of private studios of Santa Barbara’s award-winning professional artists. Preview the art of participating artists during the month of August at Corridan Gallery.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • August 29, 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.

The Pacifica Experience; A One-Day Introduction to Pacifica
  • August 29, 2014
  • Times: 8:30AM- 6PM
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-879-7103
  • Venue: Pacifica Graduate Institute

The Pacifica Experience has been designed to give prospective graduate students a comprehensive introduction and orientation to the unique educational features of the school. The program begins at 8:30 am and ends at 6:00 pm.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • August 29, 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.

Writing Our Memories, Riting Our Myth, Righting Our Lives
  • August 29, 2014
  • Times: Friday, August 29- Sunday, August 31
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93013
  • Phone: 805-879-7103
  • Venue: Pacifica Graduate Institute

In this writing retreat we will draw on our own re-membered life events and give them a form, in some instances for the first time, primarily through writing, but also through body movement and painting images, as well as responding to and writing poetry.

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • August 29, 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. 

“Wine and Wisdom” Trivia Night at Sevtap Tasting Room
  • August 29, 2014 - February 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 7:30-9PM
  • Address: 1576 Copenhagen Dr. #1, Solvang, CA 93463
  • Phone: 805-693-9200
  • Venue: Sevtap Winery

"Wine and Wisdom!" Weekly trivia night at the Sevtap Winery. Winner gets a bottle of Sevtap wine to take home :)

Butterflies Alive!

Experience the magic of Butterflies Alive! as you stroll through a beautiful garden filled with flowers, luscious greenery, and hundreds of free-flying butterflies. See one of nature's most beautiful ambassadors and reconnect with nature.

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise
  • August 29, 2014
  • 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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