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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Winter Wine Classic – Sat., Feb. 20
Taste nearly 100 classic California wines of legendary stature in Santa Barbara at the Fess Parker Resort along with a wide variety of delectable wine-worthy gourmet morsels in this luxuriant wine and food celebration.

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Tuesday Feb 09, 2016

31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • February 09, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Phone: 805-963-0023

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Film enthusiasts can enjoy special panels, award ceremonies and 200+ films.

Chamber Music at the Museum

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is hosting a concert in honor of the Museum’s Centennial. Prior to the concert, there will be a wine and chocolate tasting courtesy of Ambrecht & Associates, Cinque Stelle Winery, Grassini Family Vineyards, and Jessica Foster Confections.

Film Feast 2016
  • February 09, 2016 - February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Vary
  • Location: All around Santa Barbara!
  • Phone: 805-966-9222

It's Film Feast in Santa Barbara-where perfect pairings take center stage during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Explore the best plates and pours throughout Santa Barbara's many theatre districts during SBIFF.

Highlights of the Permanent Collection
  • February 09, 2016 - July 31, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11AM - 5PM Tuesday - Sunday. 11AM - 8PM Thursdays
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4363
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In celebration of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary in 2016, this installation highlights the most celebrated works of art from SBMA’s permanent collection, as well as several of the most exciting gifts and acquisitions in the areas of modern and contemporary art, & photography.

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Performance at Museum of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra will present a rich program of chamber music at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's Fleischmann Auditorium. Featuring works by Mozart and F. Devienne, and a pair of special turns on viola by Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama, the concert will begin at 7:30 pm, following a chocolate and wine tasting. Ticket sales are underway.

Second Class Feminists?: The Changing Role of Women in Faith Communities
  • February 09, 2016
  • Times: 6PM
  • Address: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-8411
  • Venue: UCSB MultiCultural Center

. While conversations about feminism are all the rage in pop culture, more and more women and men today are bringing their feminist ideologies into their faith communities to work for positive social change. This panel will explore why feminism is important in both mainstream and religious society.

Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations
  • February 09, 2016 - January 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Satellite @ Hotel Indigo
  • Address: 121 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-5373
  • Venue: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara presents Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations, a group exhibition of nine Santa Barbara County artists that explores the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence. In our daily comings and goings, within and around us, things are in a constant state of transformation: clouds, currency, alliances, and surfaces, to name just a few. While passing through space, sitting still, or inter... Details

Standing Sun LIVE presents Roosevelt Dime
  • February 09, 2016
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: Standing Sun LIVE
  • Address: 92 2nd Street, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-691-9413

Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents Roosevelt Dime Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras! Doors open 7pm/Show starts 7:30.  Food by Valle Fresh Catering.  All ages show

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents: Cameron Carpenter
  • February 09, 2016
  • Times: 7PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

A virtuoso composer-performer unique among keyboardists. Cameron Carpenter's approach to the organ is shattering the stereotypes of organ music while generating an unprecedented level of acclaim, exposure and controversy. 

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • February 09, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM -12PM or 1PM- 3PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara coastline offers several fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. We will teach you the basics of surfing on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. This is a great way to get a taste of surfing in just a few hours.

Award Winning Wine Tasting Tours. Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Sailing Cruises
  • February 09, 2016 - November 10, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Please visit our website for event times
  • Address: 933 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-564-1819
  • Venue: Captain Jack's Tours & Events

Captain Jack's does it all. 5 different wine tasting tours daily. Horseback riding, sailboat cruises, kayaking, whale watching trips & more. Visit their website for details and rates. 

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • February 09, 2016
  • 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.

Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France
  • February 09, 2016 - March 19, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; Saturdays, 11am-5pm
  • Address: 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-565-6162
  • Venue: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art will feature 30 Barbizon, Realist, and Impressionist works by 19th century artists working in France. Sisley, Cassatt, Morisot, Corot, Courbet, and more. 

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • February 09, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

On view from the Permanent Collection of Casa Dolores, works of art in clay, leather, wood, textile and silver, representing the vast regions of Mexico and artisan craft traditions of the 20th century. Roger Brown ceramics in garden. In English and Spanish. Exhibition ongoing.

DeeTours –City and Wine Tours in One-Of-A-Kind Jeep Limo
  • February 09, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily Departures to Accommodate Guests
  • Location: Call for meeting location
  • Address: P.O. Box 90251, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
  • Phone: 805-448-8425

90 minutes narrated city tour of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Highlights include the Mission, El Presidio, Wharf/Harbor, Courthouse, family fun spots, celebrity trivia and a breathtaking view from the Riviera. Small lap dogs welcome. The wine tour takes you to 4 vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Included are your tasting fees and an organic picnic lunch. Visit Solvang (Danish Community), do some olive oil tasting and stop by the 125 year old Cold Springs Tavern (optional).Or visit... Details

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Hotel Milo

Beachfront with complimentary WiFi & 2 wine tasting tickets

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Start your year right with adventures like Sea Cave Kayaking

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Renew, Revive

Celebrate 2016 - Treat Yourself to Romance on the Riviera

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Film Feast 2016

Sip, savor and stay during Film Feast in Santa Barbara!

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