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 Oct 10, 2015

Bike MS Coastal Challenge: Santa Monica to Santa Barbara
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 7AM
  • Location: Santa Barbara City College
  • Address: 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 310-479-4456

Enjoy two days of cycling with routes for all levels of cyclists. From 30-150 miles of amazing views, this fully supported fundraising event is like no other.

Bugs, Boas and Bones - Creepy Crawly Creatures Awareness Day
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 11AM - 3PM
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Keepers offer informal activities relating to the zoo's collection of insects, spiders, snakes, and other "creepy crawly creatures." Check online or at the entry kiosk for more information. Special "Year of the Explorer" craft activities at the Explore Store.

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
  • October 10, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10-11:30AM meet at Neal Taylor Lake Nature Center
  • Address: Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-688-4515
  • Venue: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area & Campground

Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists and interpretive guides lead an easy paced ½-mile walk on the Don Wimpress Nature Trail. Large groups are encouraged to call the Park Naturalists in advance. ~ Photo Scavenger Hunt on Funk Zone Food Tour

Looking for something fun to do in Santa Barbara's kitschy Funk Zone neighborhood? Join us for a food and photo tour where you'll taste from 4 local eateries and 4 watering holes! Along the way, you'll learn a bit about local history and how take better food and vacation photos. Plus, you'll have a chance to win a mystery prize at the end of the tour while capturing all the photos on the scavenger hunt list! Think you've got what it takes to win? Come along on one of our delicious Funk Zone Foo... Details

Gale McNeeley - "50 Years in Musicals"
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 2PM
  • Location: Niche Theater at Live Oak
  • Address: 820 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-406-4997

Broadway Actor, Singer and Dancer Gale McNeeley will play Goleta at the Niche Theatre at Live Oak Saturday, October 10th at 2 PM with his show – “50 Years in Musicals.” He will be accompanied on the piano by his musical partner, Betty Faas.

Get Lost In Scrap!
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Put on your party shoes and join Art From Scrap for an evening of fun, art, live music, delicious food and festivities! See and bid on the 70 works of art created by artists who met the 2015 challenge of maps. Enjoy beer from Telegraph, wine from Kalyra, Pali, Santa Barbara Winery and Alma Rosa and cool off with some McConnell's Ice Cream. 

Harvest Festival Grand Tasting
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 1- 4PM
  • Location: Old Mission Santa Inez
  • Address: 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93464
  • Phone: 805-688-0881

The highlight of the Columbus Day weekend is the Celebration of Harvest Festival Grand Tasting in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine County at Old Mission Santa Inés. All 120+ winery members gather to present their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves.

Kilts and Quils
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 2-3PM
  • Location: Solvang Library
  • Address: 1745 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463
  • Phone: 805-688-4214

An afternoon with historical romance writers, Tessa Dare and Eva Leigh. Hear about their recent releases and what inspires them to write! An informal reception and signings will follow.

Lost in Scrap Multimedia Exhibition and Fundraiser
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Get Lost in Scrap on Saturday, October 10, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Art From Scrap's Lost in Scrap Multimedia Exhibition and Fundraiser. Enjoy an evening of fun, creativity, art, and music. Meet the artists, as you enjoy delicious food, live music from OnE, beer from Telegraph and local wine!

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • October 10, 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. 

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Address: 1122 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-7411
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Bowl

The Rebel Content Tour presents Neil Young + Promise of the Real live at the Santa Barbara Bowl. 

Saddle up for the Western Art Exhibit at Solvang Antiques Fine Art Gallery
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 9AM
  • Location: Solvang Antiques
  • Address: 1693 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA 93463
  • Phone: 805-686-2322

A great tradition at the Judith Hale Gallery is the presentation of Western Fine Art. This October, Solvang Antiques in conjunction with Judith Hale Gallery, is pleased to announce their Western Art Exhibit. Featured are new works by Kelly Donovan, Joe Eggert, Don Weller, and Mehl Lawson. Numerous other works by noted Western artists, including etchings by Bob Coronato and Phil Tognazzini, will be on display.

Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival
  • October 10, 2015 - October 17, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Various venues in the Theatre District

The Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival returns with performances that will showcase a stellar line-up of national and international touring headliners. This is the second year the SBLOLFEST is being produced in Santa Barbara and will take place over two separate back-to-back weekends.

Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival presents: Steve Lemme & Kevin Heffernan
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

It's bound to be a Beerfest with these two guys. So Super Troop yourself for some tickets before they sell out and you're left laughing with a Broken Lizard. With their hit stand-up comedy special on Netflix titled, "Fat Man and Little Boy" the dynamic Duo are now back on the road, first stop sblolfest to make you do what you're supposed to do at a comedy festival, laugh. Kicking off his evening of hilarity at the Lobero will be Comedy Central's DAN ST. GERMAIN who's Comedy Central sp... Details

Santa Barbara Music Club Free Concert
  • October 10, 2015
  • Times: 3PM
  • Location: Faulkner Gallery
  • Address: 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Central Library

This concert features pianist Paul Berkowitz, UCSB Professor and Head of the Keyboard Program, in a concert featuring a seldom-performed masterpiece, the Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli, Op. 120, by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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