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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Sunday Nov 23, 2014

5K Gobble Gobble Run
  • November 23, 2014 - November 23, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring every November 23rd
  • Times: 11AM-5PM
  • Address: 6200 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 949-887-2609
  • Venue: Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

The 5K Gobble Gobble Run is the Run with Fun! Enjoy a glass of Wine at the Finish Line from Fess Parker Wines or walk through 2-3 Wine Tasting stations along the 1K course. Enjoy Live Music, Food Trucks, and of course more Wine. Family Fun Fitness.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • November 23, 2014
  • 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.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • November 23, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

Heart and Soul International Presents: Love At Work The Ten Commandments Musical
  • November 23, 2014
  • Times: 2PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

The “Love At Work” Ten Commandments Musical is timeless and reaches deep into the soul of man because it is the Word of God–in song. This inspirational musical is not only moving, but it moves you. It speaks to the fact that, GOD IS LOVE! And He loves each one of us like no one else can!

Holiday Marketplace 2014
  • November 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2126
  • Phone: 805-563-0352
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

This event provides a vast array of gift choices and decorative items. From hand-thrown ceramics to one-of-a-kind jewelry to custom-sewn textiles to custom crafted leather goods - the Holiday Marketplace is one-stop shopping for even the most difficult-to-buy-for person on your holiday list. From fine art to folk art, there will be delightful stocking stuffers, herbal products, locally-produced olive oil and honey, scented soaps and candles and much more.

Pinot Noir Wine Tasting aboard the Sunset Kidd Sailing Yacht
  • November 23, 2014
  • Times: 2PM
  • Location: Sunset Kidd Sailing Cruises - Santa Barbara Harbor
  • Address: 125 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-962-8222

Taste some of the finest Pinot Noir currently in the Valley aboard the Sunset Kidd Sailing Yacht. Enjoy an 1 Hr. Tasting along the Santa Barbara Coastline with 4 of the best Pinot Noirs selected by Captain Dennis.

Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin
  • November 23, 2014 - January 24, 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 is pleased to present the new exhibition, Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin. The story of tin traverses continents and mining trails, centuries and cultures. Once meant for utilitarian purposes, it grows to become an important material that crosses the creative spectrum in Mexico: from painting the divine on retablos and symbolic offerings for milagros, to domestic ornament, the carnivalesque and recycled product for design. Mexican tin art is both private in devotion and publi... Details

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • November 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7AM or 8AM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

If this is your first time kayaking Channel Islands National Park, then this is where you want to go. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.

Sunday Winyl
  • November 23, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Location: Patio
  • Address: 22 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-931-6864
  • Venue: Municipal Winemakers

Sunday Winyl, in addition to extended hours, we are also starting up our mello DJ patio sessions. Coast through the end if your summer weekends with our WINYL series.

UCSB Arts & Lectures: Exploring the Red Planet
  • November 23, 2014
  • Times: 3PM
  • Address: University of California, Bldg. 402, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5030
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: UCSB Arts & Lectures

Join Nasa Engineer Kobie Boykins for an engaging evening exploring the Red Planet, with an update on the very latest chapter in the ongoing story of Mars exploration.

Under the Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style
  • November 23, 2014 - March 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Explore the life and work of architect and draftswoman Lutah Maria Riggs and her contribution to what has become "Santa Barbara Style". The special exhibition celebrates the iconic architectural elements that define America's Riviera. 

Veggies Gone Wild: New Spin on Holiday Side Dishes w/"Accidential Chef" Leslie Thomas
  • November 23, 2014
  • Times: 1-2PM
  • Address: 38 W. Victoria St. (At Chapalla), Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-770-7702
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Public Market

Experience some decidedly non-classic but uniquely delicious sides for your holiday (or anytime) meals. Creative and Paleo-friendly vegetable-based dishes. Just a few simple ingredients in each and you will impress everyone around the table. Limited seating available. RSVP via Facebook.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • November 23, 2014
  • 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.

Wine Tasting with the Winter Pass
  • November 23, 2014 - January 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11AM-5PM
  • Location: Various Wine Tasting Rooms Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Ynez
  • Phone: 805-886-7152

One Pass--One Price--15 Wineries! For just $40, tasters receive one wine tasting at 15 of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting rooms. Valid every day from 10/15/14 through 1/31/15. Reservations are not required and there are no blackout dates.

Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
  • November 23, 2014 - December 12, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects.

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