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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.


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Sunday Oct 26, 2014


Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • October 26, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily: 10:30AM returning at 5:30PM
  • Address: We pick you up from any Santa Barbara hotel., , CA
  • Phone: 805-705-0562
  • Venue: Adventure Hummer and Backroads Wine Tours

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.

Bianchi Winery 2014 Lakeside Concert Series
  • October 26, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Sunday
  • Times: 1-4pm
  • Location: Bianchi Winery & Tasting Room
  • Address: 3380 Branch Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  • Phone: 805-226-9922

The series will include rotating bands and will take place on the peaceful surroundings of the waterfall-fed Bianchi Lake. Wine will be available by the glass or bottle and guests are welcome to bring low back chairs and picnics to kick back, relax, and enjoy the afternoon.

Boo at the Zoo: Pirates of the Channel Islands
  • October 26, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Fri 5:30-8:30PM; Sat 4:30-8:30PM; Sun 4:30-7:30PM
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-5339
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Have a spooktacularly good time as the Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-or-treating. Features Trick-or-Treat Trail, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, Ghoulish Goodies, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, and more.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 26, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

Dia de los Muertos
  • October 26, 2014
  • Times: 1-4PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries and back plaza including music and dance performances, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments

Dia de los Muertos Craft Day
  • October 26, 2014
  • Times: 12-3PM
  • Address: 15 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: Casa de la Guerra

Sugar skull decorating, papel picado, and more! Exhibit of ofrendas by Presidio Descendant Families.

Día de los Muertos Craft Day
  • October 26, 2014
  • Times: 12-3PM
  • Address: 15 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: Casa de la Guerra

Celebrate Día de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,” with a free family craft workshop at Casa de la Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara. Discover the fascinating history of this special holiday while decorating sugar skulls, creating block prints and tin art, and more.

epicure.sb ~ 20% Discount on all Gift Baskets Featuring epicure.sb Partners
  • October 26, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Address: 5775 Dawson Rd Suite C, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-689-7561
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Gift Baskets

Scoop up a Taste of Santa Barbara for local delivery or to send throughout the US. Our handcrafted gift baskets feature local gourmet foods, area wines and award winning craft beers. Use the top-secret online code (epic-dish) to receive a 20% discount on of any basket featuring our fellow Epicures partners, including: Figueroa Mtn. Brewing Co., Riverbench Winery and more.

epicure.sb ~ 30th Anniversary Harvest Festival

Please join us for a fun day of wine, food, and rock n' roll, as we celebrate harvest and support a couple of our favorite charities. 10% of the days profits will go to AHA! and Storyteller. The event is 12-5pm and live music from 2-5pm. You don't want to miss this party!

epicure.sb ~ An Irish Afternoon with Santa Barbara Revels
  • October 26, 2014
  • Times: 2-4:30PM
  • Location: Armada Beer & Wine Merchant
  • Address: 1129A State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-565-9657

Enjoy an Irish afternoon at Armada Beer & Wine Merchant. Sample fine wines and ales, savor delicious Irish delicacies, enjoy lively step dancing plus traditional music from Shepherd's Pie. Featuring fabulous raffle items and a live auction with vacation getaways. Proceeds benefit Santa Barbara Revels. Please call for more information and reservations.

epicure.sb ~ Come FLOAT with us.... enjoy a Complimentary Treatment Enhancement
  • October 26, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Address: 18 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-845-7777
  • Venue: Float Luxury Spa

Mention the secret password of "epic-Scoop" and receive a free enhancement with any 80-minute service. Our enhancements include the revitalizing foot treatment, coconut-scalp treatment, dry body brushing and arnica lotion. Any of the treatments are sure to make an already relaxing treatment AMAZING! Please call to for availability. 

epicure.sb ~ Eat Local Challenge
  • October 26, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily
  • Location: All over!

Edible Santa Barbara & the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market are co-sponsoring the Eat Local Challenge for this month.  This Challenge is a great way to bring awareness of the economic, environmental, health & flavor benefits of purchasing locally based foods.

epicure.sb ~ epic-Scoop at Finch & Fork
  • October 26, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-879-9100
  • Venue: Finch & Fork at the Canary Hotel

During the duration of the epicure month we will selectively have a new password each week that will be displayed through our social media outlets. These passwords will have the guest indulge in a dining experience which could be a unique bite, one time cocktail, special secret dessert for the week, or surprise in the world of food or beverage, maybe a take away or discount in a special envelope.

epicure.sb ~ Heatlh & Wellness Yoga Series
  • October 26, 2014 - October 30, 2014
  • Times: Various times
  • Location: Various locations

An ongoing event series throughout the month of October that will feature a unique array of Santa Barbara's top Yoga teachers and premiere locations. Each of the events are designed to be a part of an experiential Health and Wellness series and most will include a reception that follows an hour long yoga class. The purpose of this series is to bring together like-minded and local vendors, retailers and performers who are a part of the health and wellness community- together will create a truly ... Details

epicure.sb ~ Junior Chef Classes (Williams-Sonoma at La Cumbre Plaza)
  • October 26, 2014
  • Times: 11AM-12PM
  • Location: Williams-Sonoma
  • Address: 121 S. Hope Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-569-6913
  • Venue: La Cumbre Plaza

Hey, kids! We can show you how fun and easy cooking can be: Learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way. The theme changes each week so visit the website or call the store for full details. Most classes suitable for ages 5-13.

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