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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Celebrate Santa Barbara’s best at Bacara Resort, including Apprentice Winemaker Kurt Russell, at this event benefiting The Julia Child Foundation. (photo: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University)

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Saturday Mar 28, 2015

Croatia to California - An Evening of Exploring Zinfandel
  • March 28, 2015
  • Times: 6PM
  • Address: 1129A State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-770-5912
  • Venue: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant

Enjoy an evening of delicious food and wine and learn about the humble and forgotten origins of the Zinfandel grape. 

HH11 Dance Festival
  • March 28, 2015 - March 29, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7PM, 2PM on 3/29
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

HH11 strives to bring together artists both emerging and established in three professional-quality performances. Each show is unique, featuring a diverse representation of professional dance works. Don't miss any of these amazing performances!

Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen UnScripted

Impro Theatre’s Jane Austen UnScripted is directed by Dan O’Connor and Paul Rogan. Each evening a rotating cast of dazzling actors create a completely improvised, full-length play starting with a single audience suggestion.

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • March 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Fisherman's Market, Farmers Market, gourmet shops
  • Address: Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-259-7229

Shop for seasonal local ingredients and learn how to use them to easily create delicious gourmet meals. Our hands-on cooking class is followed by a shared feast paired with wines.  Please call ahead or visit website to see the day's menu. 

Mission City Roller Derby Season Opener!
  • March 28, 2015
  • Times: 5PM
  • Address: 4540 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
  • Venue: Page Youth Center

The Mission City Brawlin' Betties are BACK! Get down to Page Youth Center to support Santa Barbara's Mission City Brawlin' Betties as they take on the San Fernando Valley Roller Derby Like OMG's! This promises to be a hard-hitting, well-fought bout!

OnStage Alaska Presentation
  • March 28, 2015
  • Times: 10AM
  • Location: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
  • Address: 633 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-969-7746

Holland America Line’s complimentary “On Stage Alaska” is a presented by Alaska experts. The live event will provide a glimpse into the state’s history, spectacular scenery, wildlife and local hospitality for travelers interested in planning an Alaska vacation. Free Parking. RSVP required.

Painting in the Vineyard @ Saarloos & Sons Vineyard
  • March 28, 2015
  • Times: 11AM
  • Location: Saarloos & Sons Vineyard
  • Address: 1 Zaca Station Rd., Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-990-2105

Join us at Saarloos and Sons Vineyard for a glass of wine and a painting sesh all while taking in the beauty of the Santa Ynez valley. The vineyard provides a gorgeous, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine-lover in you. Don’t consider yourself a

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • March 28, 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

Scott Weidensaul – Living on the Wind: The Miracle of Bird Migration
  • March 28, 2015
  • Times: 4-6PM
  • Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-969-9990
  • Venue: Lotusland

Naturalist Scott Weidensaul, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the author of more than two dozen books including "Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds."  Scott will share his experiences, research and vast knowledge of bird migration.

Standing Sun LIVE presents Tom Curren
  • March 28, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Standing Sun Wines
  • Address: 92 Second St - Unit D, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-691-9413

Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents "Tom Curren." Reserved Seating.  Food by Fire & Wine Catering.

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • March 28, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-4:30PM
  • Address: 720 Bond Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

If you like tasty treats and wine, then you are going to love this Santa Ynez tour! This wine tour features a delicious sampling of wine infused cupcakes in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. Actual dates may vary - minimum numbers required on all tours. Subject to availability - please call for schedule. 

The Lobero Theatre Associates Presents: An Affair to Remember Gala
  • March 28, 2015
  • Times: 6PM
  • Location: The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club
  • Address: 1260 Channel Dr., Montecito, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-679-6007

The Lobero Theatre Associates host their 2nd annual Gala. Historically remembered as the Hat's Off Luncheon, this annual fundraising event is held in support of the Lobero Theatre. $225 ticket price includes dinner, live music, dancing and raffle. Proceeds support Youth Programs at the Lobero Theatre

  • March 28, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Today’s composers stand on the shoulders of the classical giants who preceded them. American composer Rollo Dilworth is no exception and he’ll be on hand to tell us about it! First, Conductor JoAnne Wasserman will lead the 80+ voices of the Choral Society and Orchestra in the works of the classical masters who influenced the dynamic and engaging Dr. Dilworth (Mozart among others).

Walking Tour of Downtown Santa Barbara

Stroll with architectural historian Rose Thomas to further explore the work of Lutah Maria Riggs, George Washington Smith and other talented architects. SBHM Members are complimentary.  Reservation required.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • March 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.

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