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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Friday Aug 01, 2014

"Two Palettes"
  • August 01, 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.

“Our Emergence into Christ Consciousness” with Matthew Fox, PhD
  • August 01, 2014
  • Times: August 1-3, Fri 7:30PM-Sun 1PM
  • Address: 800 El Bosque Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-969-5031
  • Venue: La Casa de Maria at El Bosque Road

Join Matthew Fox, PhD., internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist, for “Our Emergence into Christ Consciousness”, a retreat at La Casa de Maria.

¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • August 01, 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.

2014 Old Spanish Days Fiesta
  • August 01, 2014 - August 03, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Various times
  • Location: Old Spanish Days Fiesta
  • Address: 129 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-8101

Old Spanish Days Fiesta event provides an education to residents and visitors about the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers. Enjoy live international performances, parades and much more entertainment.

Academy Music Festival: Bizet's Grand Opera Carmen
  • August 01, 2014 - August 03, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday
  • Times: FRI 7:30PM, SUN 2:30PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-969-8787
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

With its engaging score and involving story, Carmen is arguably the most popular of all operas. The drama takes place in 19th-century California amongst soldiers, smugglers, and settlers, where a fiery, seductive heroine takes center stage in a world of conflicting cultures.

Carpinteria First Friday and Saturday
  • August 01, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
  • Times: 5-8PM Friday, 10AM-4PM Saturday
  • Location: Around Carpinteria!

Spend the first weekend of every month discovering Carpinteria's quaint shops, locally brewed beer, live entertainment, sweet deals, delicious food and art walks. 

Funk Zone Tasting Pass
  • August 01, 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.

  • August 01, 2014 - August 10, 2014
  • Times: Various times
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

Joshua Sobol's powerful play based on true events about residents of a wartime Jewish ghetto who entertain the Nazis in exchange for their lives. Not suitable for children. Contains adult themes, gunfire, loud noises.Directed by Ed Giron, Music Director Bill Waxman. Visit website for a full schedule and times.July 18-20; 25-27; Aug 1-3; 8-10.   

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 01, 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. 

Native Trees of California
  • August 01, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 1-3PM
  • Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2126
  • Phone: 805-682-4726
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Come learn some of the common and unusual trees native to California that are growing in the Garden through walks in the Garden and indoor reviews with instructor Mary Carroll.

Old Spanish Days 2014: El Desfile Historico (Parade)
  • August 01, 2014
  • Times: 12PM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara
  • Address: State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-8101

The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach, to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street.

Roblar Winery's sister winery Royal Oaks Winery of Solvang Celebrates Grand Re-Opening
  • August 01, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Royal Oaks Tasting Room
  • Address: 1582 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463
  • Phone: 805-686-2603

Royal Oaks of Solvang will celebrate its grand re-opening the weekend of August 1-3 with the launch of the winery's new Wine and Chocolate Pairing experience where visitors can select from three unique wine and chocolate pairing menus.

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • August 01, 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 01, 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.

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