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 Apr 25, 2015

A Conversation with Harvey Levin: The New Journalistic Environment
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 7-9PM
  • Location: Pollock Theater, UCSB
  • Address: Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-5872

Mr. TMZ himself, Harvey Levin, will be sharing insights on his amazing career that has included working as an attorney, TV news reporter, & Host of The People's Court and TMZ. This event is sold out, but there will be a stand-by line at the door if space becomes available.

Art From Scrap: Roar! Wild Assemblage Animals
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 10AM-12PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Find your inner eco-artist during this event. Make a wild assemblage of animals with discarded materials found in the store. 

Las Cafeteras
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 7-8:30PM
  • Location: Guadalupe City Hall
  • Address: 918 Obispo St, Guadalupe, CA 93434
  • Phone: 805-343-2455

Join The Dunes Center in welcoming Las Cafeteras. They are known to create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused message promoting equality and respect.

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • April 25, 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. 

Organic Farm to Table Fundraiser
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 2-5PM
  • Location: Bragg Organic Farm
  • Address: 199 Winchester Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-884-0459

Join us for an afternoon of fun at the Bragg Farm! Enjoy delicious locally grown organic food, music, and community at this beautiful organic farm.Support Explore Ecology's School Gardens Program, take a farm tour, and meet our garden educators.

Rancho Roundup
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 4-10PM
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Grab your cowboy hat and boots and join us at Rancho Roundup! On Saturday, April 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 (following the Founding Day Festival) bring your friends and enjoy live music from Double Wide Kings, Gene Evaro Jr. & The Family, Young Million, The Caverns, and special guests. Food available for purchase from Georgia's Smokehouse and drink locally made beer from Figueroa Mountain. Patron Tequila VIP area, dancing, and more, all surrounded by the rich history of the Presidio. If yo... Details

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • April 25, 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

Santa Barbara Founding Day Festival
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 11AM - 4PM
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Join us at Santa Barbara's birthplace, El Presidio de Santa Bárbara, for a costumed reenactment of the founding ceremony, originally held on April 21, 1782. Afterwards, we'll celebrate all things Santa Barbara during the first Founding Day street festival, featuring Presidio Neighborhood businesses and local entertainment on an open street in the heart of downtown.

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours
  • April 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11AM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara
  • Phone: 805-295-8687

The Taste of Santa Barbara is an intimate food walking tour that introduces guests to six different tasty locations in the mid-State Street area of downtown Santa Barbara. Over the course of the 3 hour tour, guests get to meet the chefs and owners and sample French pastries, Northern Italian dishes, gourmet cheese, local wine, handcrafted chocolates, and East Coast deli fare.Throughout the day, guests will also become acquainted with historical places like the Arlington Theater, the Granada Th... Details

Santa Barbara Wine Seminar
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 10-11:30AM
  • Location: Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
  • Address: 555 McMurray Rd, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-688-0881

Join us for a fun and engaging Wine Seminar. The seminar will feature six interesting wine producers from Santa Barbara County sharing their wines and personal stories. Each producer represents a different area in the County, so you will be able to understand the County's wines as a whole.

Science Discovery Day
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 1-5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara City College - East Campus
  • Address: 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-965-0581

Bring the entire family and visit interactive displays showcasing the wonders of the world. There will be live sea and land critters, video game and programming demonstrations, interactive experiments, solar telescopes and more. 

Sings Like Hell Presents: An evening with Beso
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Beso has an all-star lineup of internationally renowned musicians who have brought drive and passion to Gypsy Rock. Their love for tradition has collided with modern sensibility and has transformed the genre into a vibrant new beast: darker, faster, more danceable, more blues, more Gypsy.

Taste of UCSB Food, Beer & Wine Festival
  • April 25, 2015
  • Times: 3-6PM
  • Location: Science Green, UCSB Campus

Gaucho chefs, brewers, caterers, and vintners are coming to UCSB to being you the most exquisite cuisine and beverages. 

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • April 25, 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. 

UCSB Arts & Lectures: The Great War
  • April 25, 2015 - April 26, 2015
  • Times: Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM
  • Location: Campbell Hall
  • Address: University of California, Bldg. 402, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Hotel Modern & Arthur Sauer in an enthralling theater production titled The Great War. In a special performance that will commemorate the World War I centenary, Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer use the brutal trench warfare of the war as a lens to examine the ceaseless, universal toll of combat in The Great War. The Western Front is reconstructed on a miniature film set before your eyes. As the live action on stage is pr... Details

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