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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.
We've all been there. After the 3rd weekend of November it seems everyone is pushing this light, largely flavorless red on us because...why, exactly? Especially when Beaujolais is full of incredible producers making structured wines full of character and depth which stand shoulder to shoulder with Burgundy. Plus we can't think of a better red to sip during the summer months!
Formerly known as Tuesdays @ 8, the Music Academy Festival Artists Series moves to the Lobero Theatre for seven outstanding chamber ensemble concerts featuring Academy faculty, fellows, and guest artists.
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.
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.
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.
Curator Jeremy Tessmer has assembled modernist / minimalist paintings and sculptures from the 1950s to the present day that exhibit traces of the detachment implied by coolness. Many are bright and colorful, though, reminding us that 'cool' is neither too hot nor too cold. There are also nods to surf culture and to skate culture, to graphic design and to product design. There are contemporary works, by artists based in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, that both reflect coolness and critique it...
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.
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...
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.
This casual 2-2.5 hour Santa Barbara wine tour walks guests through the historic Wine Collection of El Paseo for small bites and sips of various wines grown in our local Santa Ynez valley. Along the way, learn a thing or two about Santa Barbara history and photography tips from a pro. You're welcome to bring along your camera or just your smartphone!
Our full day surfing trips are a great foundation to this exciting sport, focusing on the fundamentals reading water, paddling, etiquette, catching waves and riding. Our knowledgeable instructors will use their skills to point out the finer points of catching waves.
To show our appreciation for all of our local diners, Chef Shaun King has prepared a special dining menu for you on Tuesday evenings at The Los Olivos Café. Chef King has prepared a 3-course menu that will feature a variety of Santa Ynez Valley themes, including local farmers, wines and cuisine. Join us at the café to participate in this special menu opportunity for locals only. You must mention the ‘In the Valley' menu, as it is an offer for our friends of the café o...
See the American Riviera from a unique perspective. We can't promise you'll be as lucky, but some of our guests have paddled with whales on this trip-even with its proximity to the city. We "put-in" at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson.
At 60 feet long, Megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived, and a formidable marine predator. Though Megalodon vanished around 2 million years ago, its size and power continue to inspire awe. This compelling traveling exhibit, Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived opens on Saturday, May 30 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Visitors can walk through a 60-foot-long sculpture that reveals the true scale of this amazing top predator. The exhibit showcases fossil sharks, massiv...
Nohinmachi Revisited covers forty years of life in Santa Barbara's Nihonmachi, or Japan Town, which was located on the Presidio site during the first half of the 20th century. The exhibit includes rarely seen historic photographs donated by local families accounts of life in Nihonmachi from members of the community and beautifully reconstructed Japanese ceramics excavated ons site.
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