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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, 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.


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Wednesday Oct 01, 2014


Art from Scrap Presents: To the Sea
  • October 01, 2014 - October 04, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Curated by artist Holly Mackay, To The Sea is an all ages collaborative installation and playful call to action aiming to empower and engage the community in finding solutions to the growing problem of plastics in our environment, specifically in our water.  

Art to Zoo: Animals in Art
  • October 01, 2014 - December 17, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 3:30-5:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Draw, paint, print, and sculpt amazing animal art inspired by photographs in the SBMA exhibition Art to Zoo. Paintings of beloved pets, prints of exotic elephants, and sculptures of imaginary bugs keep young artists creatively engaged in this new after-school class.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • October 01, 2014
  • 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.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 01, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

epicure.sb ~ 20% Discount on all Gift Baskets Featuring epicure.sb Partners
  • October 01, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Address: 5775 Dawson Rd Suite C, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-689-7561
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Gift Baskets

Scoop up a Taste of Santa Barbara for local delivery or to send throughout the US. Our handcrafted gift baskets feature local gourmet foods, area wines and award winning craft beers. Use the top-secret online code (epic-dish) to receive a 20% discount on of any basket featuring our fellow Epicures partners, including: Figueroa Mtn. Brewing Co., Riverbench Winery and more.

epicure.sb ~ An Evening with Cat Cora
  • October 01, 2014
  • Times: 6-7PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Wine Collective
  • Address: 131 Anacapa Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-284-0370

On October 1st, spend an intimate evening at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective as Cat Cora discusses her experiences as a chef, culinary passion, and love for Santa Barbara. Then join us afterward for a reception mingling with other foodies while enjoying Notary Public wine, and Cat Cora inspired seasonal canapés featuring local produce.

epicure.sb ~ Come FLOAT with us.... enjoy a Complimentary Treatment Enhancement
  • October 01, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Address: 18 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-845-7777
  • Venue: Float Luxury Spa

Mention the secret password of "epic-Scoop" and receive a free enhancement with any 80-minute service. Our enhancements include the revitalizing foot treatment, coconut-scalp treatment, dry body brushing and arnica lotion. Any of the treatments are sure to make an already relaxing treatment AMAZING! Please call to for availability. 

epicure.sb ~ Eat Local Challenge
  • October 01, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Times: Daily
  • Location: All over!

Edible Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market are co-sponsoring the 6th annual Eat Local Challenge for the month of October. Joining an Eat Local Challenge is a great way to bring awareness of the economic, environmental, health and flavor benefits of purchasing locally based foods. Participants will make a pledge to source their food from either a 100-150 mile radius or by region or the state. Resources will be available at the Farmers Markets, in Edible Santa Barbara and... Details

epicure.sb ~ epic-Scoop at Finch & Fork
  • October 01, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-879-9100
  • Venue: Finch & Fork at the Canary Hotel

During the duration of the epicure month we will selectively have a new password each week that will be displayed through our social media outlets. These passwords will have the guest indulge in a dining experience which could be a unique bite, one time cocktail, special secret dessert for the week, or surprise in the world of food or beverage, maybe a take away or discount in a special envelope.

epicure.sb ~ Heatlh & Wellness Yoga Series
  • October 01, 2014 - October 30, 2014
  • Times: Various times
  • Location: Various locations

An ongoing event series throughout the month of October that will feature a unique array of Santa Barbara's top Yoga teachers and premiere locations. Each of the events are designed to be a part of an experiential Health and Wellness series and most will include a reception that follows an hour long yoga class. The purpose of this series is to bring together like-minded and local vendors, retailers and performers who are a part of the health and wellness community- together will create a truly ... Details

epicure.sb ~ Ultimate Figcation Contest & Figcation Packages
  • October 01, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 137 Anacapa St, Suite F, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-694-2252
  • Venue: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Enter to win The Ultimate Figcation. 4 days, 3 nights exploring Santa Barbara County while enjoying craft beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company. Stay at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort by the beach in Santa Barbara just blocks away from the nearby Funk Zone where Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.'s Santa Barbara taproom is located. After a beer tasting, Enjoy a meal at The Lucky Penny. Get whisked away to the Santa Ynez Valley to Taste wine from Fess Parker and Epiphany wineries, Dine a... Details

Get Results Using Kettlebell Training at SBCC
  • October 01, 2014 - October 15, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 10:15AM - 12:15PM
  • Location: Fitness Transform
  • Address: 1213 State Street Ste. K, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-680-9506

Do you want to get fit, muscular and lean in the least amount of time possible? Kettlebell training is the cutting edge in functional (full-body) exercise. Discover how to effectively increase your strength, speed, power, coordination, mobility, cardiovascular fitness and core stability.

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • October 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.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • October 01, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7AM or 8AM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

If this is your first time kayaking Channel Islands National Park, then this is where you want to go. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.

DeeTours –City and Wine Tours in One-Of-A-Kind Jeep Limo
  • October 01, 2014
  • 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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Endless Summer

Come Rejuvenate Beachside at the Fess Parker Resort

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Food Tours

Taste the best SB food & drink and learn food photo secrets!

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Island Tours

Kayak, Snorkel and Explore the National Park. Book Now!

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FlySBA.com

Santa Barbara Airport - 1 Stop to Everywhere!

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Lemon Tree Inn

Tropical Courtyard, Poolside rooms, Crocodile Restaurant&Bar


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