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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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Mozart & Schumann
The Music Academy Festival Artists Series continues with more chamber music treasures. 8pm, June 30 at The Lobero. $10 & $42; 7-17 free.



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Thursday May 28, 2015


Basque Culture, History, and the Study of Gastronomy
  • May 28, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 PM
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Learn about the links between culture and gastronomy in the Basque Country. Dr. Iker Arranz (UCSB) and Chef Aingeru Etxebarria (Culinary Arts Academy) present the history and traditions of the Basque Country and how these traditions are represented and transformed in the Culinary Arts.

Blur the Line - Live Music at The Goodland

Live music at the Good Bar! Check website for specific performances. 

Dannsair- Traditional Irish Music

Traditional Irish Music alive & well in Santa Barbara so join Dannsair for a tune and a pint!

Dante Elephante & Mystic Braves live at SOhO

Don't miss Santa Barbara's own indie surf pop quartet Dante Elephante performing with Mystic Braves 

Sanford Winery's Art Talk
  • May 28, 2015
  • Times: 6-7:30PM
  • Address: 1114 State St., Suite 26, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: (805) 735-5900 ext. 9
  • Venue: Sanford Winery & Tasting Room

Join Sanford for the monthly Art and Wine Series at their Downtown Santa Barbara Tasting Room! Thirty year art veteran Ralph Waterhouse of The Waterhouse Gallery will be showcasing and discussing his pieces while guests enjoy a tasting of 3 estate wines.

Sketching in the Galleries: The Landscapes of Ray Strong
  • May 28, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 - 6:30PM
  • Location: Sign-up beings at 5:15 at the State Street Visitor Services Desk
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Experience the tradition of sketching and be inspired by the dynamic landscapes on view in the intimate installation Ray Strong: Beyond Santa Barbara. All skill levels are welcome. Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials. 

UCSB Dance Company in Concert
  • May 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

UCSB Dance Company performs classics of modern dance mixed in with new work make for an exciting evening of movement and grace. Be there to see the stars of tomorrow, today.

Water Color Class at Municipal Winemakers
  • May 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Thursday
  • Times: 7-9PM
  • Address: 22 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: Miles.rebekah@gmail.com
  • Venue: Municipal Winemakers

Enjoy a water color class while sipping on some delicious wine from Municipal Winemakers. Materials included. RSVP Required. 

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • May 28, 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.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Barbara

Turn Santa Barbara into a giant gameboard with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Part amazing race, part city tour, your adventure is guided from any smart phone. Teams solve clues and complete challenges while seeing the sights and learning local history.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • May 28, 2015
  • 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.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • May 28, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores presents the new exhibition, BANDERA WARE: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolución a República. The exhibition gives light to a rare style of earthenware ceramics created in Jalisco utilizing colors of the Mexican flag (la bandera). The unique mix of green, white and red appear in flora, fauna and abstract design of the bandera-ware, referencing symbols and history of the flag itself.

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • May 28, 2015
  • 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
  • May 28, 2015
  • 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

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • May 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursdays 5-8PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.  

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