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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Friday Jul 31, 2015

Dead Man's Party - Tribute to Oingo Boingo
  • July 31, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Velvet Jones
  • Address: 423 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This 8-piece band has been fashioned after the original Oingo Boingo line-up, featuring a three piece horn section, guitar, bass, keys and drums, and a front so man so convincing that people sometimes believe they are watching Danny Elfman himself! 

Friday Night Wine Down@ Sanford Winery
  • July 31, 2015 - September 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the last Friday
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:30PM
  • Location: Sanford Winery Tasting Room
  • Address: 5010 Santa Rosa Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: 805-735-5900

Join us for our first Friday Night Wine Down of the season! Sun-drenched vineyard views will serve as the backdrop for our delicious wines paired with a variety of tapas catered by Louise's Kitchen Table. Wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Guests must be 21 or older.

Full Moon Yoga & Guided Meditation - It's the Blue Moon!
  • July 31, 2015
  • Times: 7:30 - 8:30PM
  • Location: East Beach, Calle Puerta Vallarta (on the sand near the water)
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Outdoor Fitness

Close your day with this relaxing and centering series of poses honoring our glorious grandmother moon. The class will end with a guided meditation focusing on the allowing and the receiving associated with the phases of the moon. End your day feeling calmed, relaxed and ready to wind down.

Gem Faire
  • July 31, 2015
  • Times: Friday 12-6PM, Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM
  • Address: Las Positas Road at Hwy 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Venue: Earl Warren Showgrounds

Gem Faire is one of the largest gem, jewelry & bead shows in the United States. With nearly 50 shows a year, Gem Faire brings to the west coast, and some areas of the Midwest, quality gems, beads, crystals, minerals, findings and earth treasures directly to your town. Vendors offer quality merchandise at manufacturers' prices. You'll discover fine jewelry, costume jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, sparkling crystals, gold & silver, tools, jewelry supplie... Details

Girls Rock Santa Barbara Showcase
  • July 31, 2015
  • Times: Doors open at 5:30PM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-7776
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

GRSB Summer Day Camp (Camp) is an intensive one-week program for girls ages 7–17 to explore the joys and challenges of making collaborative art while guided by inspirational female mentors. At the end of each one-week session, GRSB hosts a Summer Showcase & Benefit Concert of original songs written and performed live by its young participants, followed by local headliners.

Half Price Fridays at Santa Barbara Rock Gym
  • July 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Rock Gym
  • Address: 322 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-770-3225

Fridays after 5:00 pm admission to Santa Barbara Rock Gym is only $7.50. Fun for climbers of all ages and ability levels

Live Music in the Barrel Room with Do No Harm
  • July 31, 2015
  • Times: 6-8PM
  • Address: 414 North Salsipuedes, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-965-7985
  • Venue: Carr Winery

Sip on some delicious wine while listening to Do No Harm. 

Rhythm and Brews
  • July 31, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 5-7PM
  • Location: Pure Order Brewing Co.
  • Address: 410 N. Quarantina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-966-2881

Enjoy Pure Order's full line up of brews, local food trucks and good music!  

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • July 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:30 & 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom above Apero Bar & Tapas
  • Address: 532 State St (2nd floor), Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-364-2999

Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national TV to Santa Barbara. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at

Summer Movies in the Sunken Gardens: An American in Paris

Bring your friends and family and a picnic and enjoy the outdoor screening of the musical An American in Paris. An ex GI remains in Paris after WWII to pursue his life as an artist and falls in love with an alluring perfume-shop clerk. Filled with amazing dance sequences and melodies! 

The Blues & Greys, Soul Majestic

A benefit concert for Girls Rock Santa Barbara featuring local Santa Barbara bands - The Blues & Greys and Soul Majestic. 

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • July 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

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.

"How I See It" - A Sensory Touch Exhibition
  • July 31, 2015 - September 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5PM
  • Location: The Arts Fund Gallery
  • Address: 205- C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

HOW I SEE IT is a sensory touch exhibition that presents local artists' specific tactile works of art so that the pieces can be experienced by the visually impaired. The exhibition aims to rethink what is important to the audience when sight is not the primary sense employed. It is about two senses that we use, and many take for granted: sight and touch. When someone is visually impaired, touch becomes far more important to them in the scheme of things than it is to the average person...their h... Details

2 Hr. Kid's Cruise

Take the Kid's aboard the Sunset Kidd Sailboat for a 2 Hr. Morning Cruise on the Pacific Ocean! Sit back and relax or help the captain and crew. An adventure at sea your kids will never forget! Bring food or snacks, pack a picnic. Pets allowed too. Limited seats. 3 and under FREE, 4-10 yrs $25

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • July 31, 2015
  • 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.

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