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 Aug 30, 2014

"Two Palettes"
  • August 30, 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 30, 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.

5th Annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival
  • August 30, 2014
  • Times: 4-7PM
  • Address: 1298 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-617-3998
  • Venue: Elings Park

Ascend to the lush grassy hilltop of Elings Park to experience California's premier tequila tasting event. Imbibe from over 50 premium hand selected tequilas and mezcales. Savor gourmet appetizers from top local chefs. Enjoy live musical entertainment and a runway fashion show.

Anacapa Island Kayaking
  • August 30, 2014
  • Times: 7AM-6PM
  • Location: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara
  • Address: Oxnard Harbor 3550 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035
  • Phone: 805-884-9283

World class sea cave kayaking, thousands of nesting birds on Anacapa’s sheer cliffs, spectacular sea cave paddling, marine life including seals and sea lions, secluded coves, sea caves. Note: departing from Channels Islands Harbor in Oxnard, CA.

Audubon raptor aviary needs volunteers
  • August 30, 2014 - September 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Shifts are once per week between 10 a.m. and 1p.m. and can either be 1.5 hours or all 3.0 hours. Afternoon volunteers are 1:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m once or twice a week.
  • Location: Museum of Natural History
  • Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-259-1446

If you enjoy helping wild, rehabilitated raptors, come join Audubon’s “Eyes in the Sky (EITS) Program” at the Audubon Aviary in the beautiful “back yard” of the Museum of Natural History.

Endless Summer Party
  • August 30, 2014
  • Times: 5:30-8:30PM
  • Address: 3010 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Phone: 805.686.2603 ext. 120
  • Venue: Roblar Winery and Vineyards

Please join us at Roblar Winery for good wine, good food, good friends, and good fun! Members and friends are all invited to join us on the main lawn for games and a plentiful buffet!

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.

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • August 30, 2014
  • 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. 

Mbuti: Children of the Forest
  • August 30, 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. 

Sanford Winery and Vineyard’s Annual Harvest Party
  • August 30, 2014
  • Times: 11AM- 4PM
  • Location: Sanford Winery & Vineyards
  • Address: 5010 Santa Rosa Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: 805-735-5900

Click the link for more information on our 2014 harvest party and to purchase tickets to this event.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • August 30, 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

Santa Barbara Fitness Tour Series

Join us on the last Saturday of every month for the Santa Barbara Fitness Tour Series with Paddleboard Yoga, Stand Up Paddleboard and Open Rentals:9:30-11am Paddleboard Yoga; 11am-12:30 Stand Up Paddleboarding, 12:30-3pm Open Rentals.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists Exhibit
  • 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 30, 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.

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • August 30, 2014
  • 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. 

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