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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Culture 101: Only in SB
Curate your own culture March 17 - May 31, 2014 with a collection of unforgettable experiences found only in The American Riviera®.

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Friday Apr 18, 2014

"Stonehenge: Exploring a Prehistoric Mystery"
  • April 18, 2014
  • Times: 4PM
  • Location: UCSB Theatre and Dance Building
  • Address: 552 University Road, UCSB Campus, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-2004

Stonehenge is one of the greatest mysteries of world prehistory but is now beginning to give up some of its secrets. In the last 10 years, an archaeological team led by Mike Parker Pearson has unearthed a wealth of new information about this mysterious stone circle, the people who constructed it, and the camp where they lived. Dr. Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. 

“Visions of the Gaviota Coast” Paintings by SCAPE artists, with photography by Reeve Woolpert
  • April 18, 2014 - April 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Friday 1 – 8 PM; Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-683-6631
  • Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa

Second Annual show devoted to art focusing on the Gaviota & Naples coastline. SCAPE artists & Woolpert will donate 40% of all sales to benefit the Naples Coalition and Gaviota Coast Conservancy. The Gaviota Coast is the jewel in our backyard. Irreplaceable and endangered.

Drumming in the Salt Caves
  • April 18, 2014
  • Times: 6-7PM
  • Address: 740 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-7258
  • Venue: Salt

Join Salt for a night of self expression, Camaraderie and fun! With master Drummer Jerry Zacarias leading the way, you will learn basic beats and co-create a drumming hour full of Salty vibration.

Fairy Tale Time: The Princess and the Pea
  • April 18, 2014
  • Times: 3:15-4PM
  • Location: Goleta Library
  • Address: 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-964-7878

Children can enjoy a reading of Princess and the Pea while creating a paper collage bed fit for a princess or prince! Best for ages 5-7.

Fairy Tale Time: The Princess and the Pea
  • April 18, 2014
  • Times: 3:15-4PM
  • Location: Goleta Library
  • Address: 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-964-7878

Children can enjoy a reading of Princess and the Pea while creating a paper collage bed fit for a princess or prince! Best for ages 5-7.

Keck Telescope Viewing
  • April 18, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Location: Westmont College
  • Address: 955 La Paz Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-565-6272

Westmont's powerful Keck Telescope will focus in a planetary nebula known as the Blue Snowball (NGC 7662) during the monthly viewing of the stars. The best viewing occurs later in the evening. check Westmont website to see if viewing has been cancelled due to overcast weather.  

SB Dinner & Murder Mystery
  • April 18, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 6-8:30PM
  • Location: Veterans Memorial Hall
  • Address: 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd., , CA
  • Phone: 805-366-3099

Enjoy a four course farm to fork meal with Primal, Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten free options during the meal. The cast visits the tables. At 7:15 the show begins! Murder at Mardi Gras investigates the death of a billionaire during Carnaval. Audience gets to question the suspects. Prizes for winners!

Soulmerging: Path of Healing with Dr. Frank Stainetti
  • April 18, 2014
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Address: 17 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-564-3573
  • Venue: Paradise Found

Join us for a powerful and satisfying story about one man’s experience and triumph over childhood abuse, his awakening, and the day he entered the light of heaven. You will feel the divine energy flow through you!

The Dirty Knobs Featuring Mike Campbell (from Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers)
  • April 18, 2014
  • Times: 9PM
  • Location: SOhO Restaurant and Live Music Venue
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-7776
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

Dirty Knobs is a true rock and roll band, featuring Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' lead guitarist Mike Campbell. See rock and roll legends at coffeehouse prices at SOhO!

Weekly Happy Hour at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
  • April 18, 2014
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-7776
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

WEEKLY Happy Hour Fridays from 5-8 pm (starting this Friday the 11th) inside SOhO and on our patio! Rain or shine, you'll get hooked up with: $4 draft beers, well drinks, and house wines, $4 appetizers off our new sustainable and local menu...sliders, pizza, calamari, tacos, ribs, baby kale salads and more! If you haven't tried the new menu, now's your chance! Fresh, organic juice cocktails with Vibrant Earth Juices, Free pool (with sign up board), Board Games. One thing's for certain...pigs wi... Details

Winemakers Dinner-Santa Barbara Wine Futures Tasting

To launch the 2014 Santa Barbara County Wines Futures Tasting weekend, Les Marchands will host a Winemakers Dinner. Les Marchands has invited several winemakers to participate and bring along Santa Barbara County wines from their cellars. Guests are also encouraged to bring a wine from Santa Barbara County to share with your table.  A farmers market fresh menu will be served! 

"108 Spacks Street" An Exibhit Honoring Poet Barry Spacks

This exhibition honors Barry Spacks, artist, poet and Santa Barbara's 1st Poet Laureate.The exhibit features 108 of Spacks' paintings. Spacks was a practicing Buddhist and the number 108 is special because it represents the amount of beads on a Mala that represent auspicious occasions. 

"A Mad Tea-Party"
  • April 18, 2014 - May 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 116 East Yanonali St C-1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-637-3898
  • Venue: Wall Space Gallery

Usher in the spring with an exhibition that playfully examines codes of femininity in lush visual style. The exhibition invites viewers to reflect on gendered composure, etiquette, and the allure of the fashioned object during the season celebrated for sensory profusion.

"Jimmy's Chinatown" Art Show
  • April 18, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Location: Three Pickles @ the Pickle Room
  • Address: 126 E. Canon Perdid St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 760-525-8135

An exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy's Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as athe subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy will honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy Chung and his family, as well as the neighborhood. 

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • April 18, 2014 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

This Exhibition will explore the history if the significance of the Tree of Life in Mexico. Ranging from a traditional wedding gift, to being used as a religious education tool between friars and Native Americans when the Spanish first came to the country. 

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Sea Cave Kayak

Kayak and Snorkel Channel Islands National Park

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To anywhere in the world, Santa Barbara Airport!

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Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a cruise, accommodations for 2 & bottle of chardonnay

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Refresh & Renew

Welcome Back to the Newly Renovated Fess Parker Resort!

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Amgen: May 15

Catch the Action - Amgen Tour of CA returns to SB on May 15!

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