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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Thursday Aug 21, 2014

"Two Palettes"
  • August 21, 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 21, 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.

2nd Annual Summer Film Series: El Barrendero (The Street Sweeper)
  • August 21, 2014
  • Times: 7:30PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Series include films of Mexican comic actor, Cantinflas (1911-1993), whose career spanned the golden era of Mexican film to a Golden Globe and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. El Barrendero: Cantinflas plays a neighborhood street sweep, who gets himself in to and out of unusual events, discovering a valuable painting one day and an orphaned baby the next, and still manages to dance his way through the streets. (1981, 110 min., in Spanish with English subtitles)

Funk Zone Tasting Pass
  • August 21, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: All day
  • Location: Funk Zone
  • Phone: 800-936-3126

The Funk Zone Tasting Pass gives you the opportunity to explore a unique selection of the great wineries in the neatest, grooviest part of Santa Barbara at your leisure. The pass includes one (1) tasting at each of the eight (8) wineries from the date of purchase until August 24th.

Goleta Comedy Hideaway
  • August 21, 2014
  • Times: 7:30PM and 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom (Inside of Goleta Petrini's)
  • Address: 5711 Calle Real, Goleta, CA, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-636-1495

Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national television to Santa Barbara. See website for full schedule.

Happy Hour Conversational Spanish Lessons
  • August 21, 2014 - September 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday
  • Times: Wed - 5:30-7PM Intermediate; Thurs 5:30-6:30PM Beginning
  • Address: 30 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3108
  • Venue: Milk & Honey

Aprender y Beber offers an affordable and fun way for you to use and improve your conversational Spanish in a bar! If you’re looking to meet new people, practice your language skills and have a good time… you’ve found it!

Ladies Tasting
  • August 21, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 21st
  • Times: 4:30-6:30PM
  • Address: 417 Santa Barbara St #A-6, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-568-1961
  • Venue: Renegade Wines

The last Monday of every month is Ladies Night at Renegade Wines! Taste small boutique wines from around the world in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy cheese from C'est Cheese and small appetizers. 

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 21, 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. 

MUNI Muvies
  • August 21, 2014 - September 18, 2014
  • Times: Sun Down
  • Address: 22 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-931-6864
  • Venue: Municipal Winemakers

Guess what time it is...Summertime!! And Summertime means MUVIE time! And MUVIE time is for FREEE! Every Thursday Night this Summer Muni will be playing MUVIES on the patio. Hooray!! This time around we're fishing for a big fish: Bill Murray. Bill Murray where are you?!  Call the Tasting Room  for Muvie information!

New Beginnings Anger Management Classes
  • August 21, 2014 - September 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-7:15PM
  • Location: New Beginnings Counseling Center
  • Address: 324 E. Carrillo St., Ste. C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: (805) 963-7777 x133

Do you think you have a problem with anger? Join New Beginnings Counseling Center in a 12-Week Anger Management Psychoeducational Group. The group will be facilitated by Mike Juarez and Danielle Amara Norlinger who are working under supervision at New Beginnings Counseling Center. Call to sign up!

Psychological Resiliency: The Bulletproof Mind
  • August 21, 2014
  • Times: 9AM-4:30PM
  • Location: Faulkner Gallery
  • Address: 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-7777

Please join us for a workshop with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • August 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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.

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Island Tours

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SB Comedy Fest

Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival 6 Days of Comedy Sept 2-7

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Food Tours

Food and drink tastings, photo tips, and fun. Book now!

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Lemon Tree Inn

Tropical Courtyard, Poolside rooms, Crocodile Restaurant&Bar

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