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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.
1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment.
With live entertainment, beverages and light noshes, 1st Thursday: After Hours keeps the fun going. Santa Barbara's Historic Theatre District (the Lobero Theatre, the Granada Theatre, the Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic, and The Arlington Theatre) have joined forces to host creative new ways to experience Santa Barbara's Performing arts after dark.
The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with Santa Barbara Downtown, will lead a curated art crawl through the 1st Thursday festivities.
Santa Barbara's ultimate summer sports festival includes activities such as ocean swimming, fishing, water polo, volleyball, beach biathlon, 15k road race, sailing, gymnastics, softball, semipro baseball, tug-of-war and the perennial favorite, the Krazy Kardboard Kayak Race plus many others!
Colorize line drawings of elaborate decorative patterns with metallic oil pastels and pencils and form an animal mask and bird design, inspired by a 3,000-year-old Chinese ritual vessel.
Courtney Jane Miller Landscape Architecture is sponsoring a summer art series at their Canon Perdido design studio. DROUGHT RESISTANT will feature the work of SB Artist Megan Mueller who is known for her colorful sculptures dripping with vibrant patterns. She crosses all styles and mediums.
Live music at the Good Bar! Check website for specific performances.
Dust off your dancin shoes, pack up a picnic dinner and your friends and family and come celebrate summer with with The Long Run - playing music by The Eagles.
Join us for Happy Hour at the Museum! Warm bodies and cold drinks... it's a no brainer! MCASB is offering $5 signature cocktails created by Outpost at the Goodland's resident mixologist, Chris Burmeister. FREE tours of the current exhibition, Teen Paranormal Romance.
Traditional Irish Music alive & well in Santa Barbara so join Dannsair for a tune and a pint!
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy galleries until 8pm.
To accompany Quake! The 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum will offer an outdoor screening of the academy award-winning film Earthquake (1974). Our ongoing exhibit Ray Strong: Views of Santa Barbara County will be open for viewing as well!
Here's your chance to see what Santa Barbara's tap-houses have to offer. Enjoy 1 pint at each stop, and continue on until you have hit all the spots - because What says "I love America" more than sipping on delicious hand-crafted, American made pints with your fellow patriots?
The Art of Preservation is a collaboration with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and the Oak Group, a collection of artists committed to the preservation of endangered local landscapes. Ray Strong played a key role on the formation of the Oak Group in 1986. First Thursday event.
This trip takes us into the heart of the Santa Barbara’s wine country, home to several very popular California vintners. We depart by van in the morning and head to the Foxen Canyon Trail or Santa Rita Hills, perfect for cycling through scenic vineyards and ranch lands.
Explore the world’s largest Sea Cave by kayak!
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