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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.
Live music at the Good Bar! Check website for specific performances.
Dust off your dancin shoes, pack up a picnic dinner and your friends and family and come celebrate summer with with Fortunate Son - A tribute to John Fogerty & Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Traditional Irish Music alive & well in Santa Barbara so join Dannsair for a tune and a pint!
Join Music Academy of the West and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for a 60-minute concert featuring Music Academy Fellows. Complimentary tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 pm at SBMA’s Park Entrance.
Every Thursday evening Georgia's Smokehouse heads down to Carpinteria to hang out at Island Brewing Company and pair our barbecue with their local beers!
Enjoy the musical talents of Vanessa Simpson and her Ukelele from 5-7 pm in the Tasting Room! If you haven't heard Vanessa play before you are in for a treat! She sings covers of popular & Alternative music ranging from Ingrid Michaelson to Florence and the Machine.
Please join Municipal Winemakers and the lovely Rebekah Miles for a watercolor class at our Santa Barbara tasting room. RSVP: Miles.firstname.lastname@example.org $15.00 Materials Fees
Come see the classic fairytale performed live as Rossini's classic opera! An eye-opening new twist on a classic tale, the Music Academy of the West does justice to this incredible story, made all the more memorable by the incredible music and performances.
Get ready for a full day at sea! Explore Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the world! Painted Cave is within a Marine Protected Area and also a part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. After exploring the cave, you can go snorkeling too. Breakfast and lunch included.
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.
HOW I SEE IT is a sensory touch exhibition that presents local artists' specific tactile works of art so that the pieces can be experienced by the visually impaired. The exhibition aims to rethink what is important to the audience when sight is not the primary sense employed. It is about two senses that we use, and many take for granted: sight and touch. When someone is visually impaired, touch becomes far more important to them in the scheme of things than it is to the average person...their h...
Take the Kid's aboard the Sunset Kidd Sailboat for a 2 Hr. Morning Cruise on the Pacific Ocean! Sit back and relax or help the captain and crew. An adventure at sea your kids will never forget! Bring food or snacks, pack a picnic. Pets allowed too. Limited seats. 3 and under FREE, 4-10 yrs $25
The Santa Barbara coastline offers several fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. We will teach you the basics of surfing on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. This is a great way to get a taste of surfing in just a few hours.
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.
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.
Explore the world’s largest Sea Cave by kayak!
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