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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.


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Saturday Sep 05, 2015


14th Annual Studio Artists Open Studios Tour
  • September 05, 2015 - September 06, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM - 5PM
  • Location: Various Studios Around Santa Barbara

34 professional artists open their working studios to the public. Visitors can choose the artists whose work they most want to see and use the map provided to plan their own self-guided driving tour. An opening Reception will be held at the Corridan Gallery on Friday from 5-8PM

An Evening of Poetry featuring Richard Jarrette and Pamela Davis
  • September 05, 2015
  • Times: 7PM
  • Location: St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Church
  • Address: 2901 Nojoqui Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-688-4454

The public is invited to attend a free "Evening of Poetry," featuring readings by award-winning poets Richard Jarrette and Pamela Davis.The readings will be held in the lovely church and will be followed by a reception in Stacy Hall to meet the poets featuring complimentary refreshments and book signing opportunities.

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
  • September 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10-11:30AM meet at Neal Taylor Lake Nature Center
  • Address: Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-688-4515
  • Venue: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area & Campground

Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists and interpretive guides lead an easy paced ½-mile walk on the Don Wimpress Nature Trail. Large groups are encouraged to call the Park Naturalists in advance.

Cubensis & Moonalice
  • September 05, 2015
  • Times: 9PM
  • Location: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-7776

Cubensis celebrates the Grateful Dead concert experience. Like the Dead, the band plays a wondrous amalgam of blues, country, jazz, electronic and rock n' roll.  

el Capitan Canyon Summer Concert Series
  • September 05, 2015
  • Times: 7-9PM
  • Address: 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Phone: 866-352-2729 x 714
  • Venue: El Capitan Canyon

Enjoy live music and fun under the stars at beautiful El Capitan Canyon! Famous Canyon BBQ available for purchase. 

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • September 05, 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. 

Paint in the Vineyard @ Koehler WInery
  • September 05, 2015
  • Times: 10AM - 12:30PM
  • Location: Koehler Winery
  • Address: 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 805-990-2105

Come discover your inner artist at Koehler Winery and paint outside in the vineyard. No experience necessary! Step-by-step instructions from a trained artist, all materials and an exclusive wine tasting flight are provided. Bottle discounts will be extended to painters, too!

Paint in the Vineyard @ Roblar Winery
  • September 05, 2015
  • Times: 10:30AM- 1PM
  • Location: Roblar Winery
  • Address: 3010 Roblar Ave, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Phone: 805-990-2105

Looking for a unique way to enjoy wine country? Come paint outside in the vineyard at Roblar Winery. No experience necessary. Step-by-step instructions from a local trained artist, all art materials plus an exclusive tasting flight is included. Bottle discounts will also be extended to painters.

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours
  • September 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11AM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara
  • Phone: 805-295-8687

The Taste of Santa Barbara is an intimate food walking tour that introduces guests to six different tasty locations in the mid-State Street area of downtown Santa Barbara. Over the course of the 3 hour tour, guests get to meet the chefs and owners and sample French pastries, Northern Italian dishes, gourmet cheese, local wine, handcrafted chocolates, and East Coast deli fare.Throughout the day, guests will also become acquainted with historical places like the Arlington Theater, the Granada Th... Details

Standing Sun LIVE presents Great Peacock
  • September 05, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Standing Sun Wines
  • Address: 92 Second St - D, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-691-9413

Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents "Great Peacock." Doors open 7pm/Show starts 7:30. Reserved Seating.  Food by Valle Fresh Catering.

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • September 05, 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. 

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • September 05, 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
  • 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-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • September 05, 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.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Barbara
  • September 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Play anytime Sunrise to Sunset
  • Location: Visitors Center
  • Address: 1 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-603-5620
  • Venue: 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.

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