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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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Thursday Feb 26, 2015


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!

Fellinfest 2015 - A Theatre Festival for Movie Lovers
  • February 26, 2015 - February 27, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7PM
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

A five-day festival of plays about movies and the people who made them. Three premiere, original productions: La La La Strada, Marlene the Competition, and Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Wells. Please check website for specific dates and times of each performance. 

Jazz at the Lobero presents: Elling Swings Sinatra with Kurt Elling and Band
  • February 26, 2015
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

GRAMMY® Award winner Kurt Elling pays homage to a legend - Frank Sinatra. Elling lends his own voice to Sinatra’s vast repertoire with reinterpretations of classics as “Come Fly With Me,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and "I've Got You Under My Skin."

PCPA presents: Peter and the Starcatcher
  • February 26, 2015 - March 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Showtimes: 1:30PM & 7PM
  • Address: 800 S. College Drive, , CA 93454
  • Phone: 805-922-8313
  • Venue: PCPA Theaterfest

Based on the novel by Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatcher is the grownup's prequel to Peter Pan. This multi-Tony winner turns the legend of Peter Pan on its head with a madly theatrical and ingenious reboot of how a wretched orphan became The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.

Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Wine & Cheese Pairing
  • February 26, 2015
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Address: 825 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-895-6750
  • Venue: C'est Cheese

Join the owners of C'est Cheese and Renegade Wines for an evening of fun, frivolity and an informative seminar on the wines and cheeses of Southern France. Space is limited, please RSVP in advance. 

Social Impact Cinema: Dreaming Palestine-My Love Awaits Me By the Sea
  • February 26, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Pollock Theater, UCSB

The post-film discussion with director Mais Darwazah will be moderated by Nuha N.N. Khoury (UCSB Associate Professor in the History of Art and Architecture). There will also be a post screening reception.

The Life of Lutah – A Panel Discussion

Join Joseph Knowles, who worked closely with Lutah Maria Riggs, along with other panelists, for personal stories about her memorable life and illustrious career as Santa Barbara's first female architect. Reservations required.

UCSB Arts & Lectures: Best of the 39th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features the world's best films and videos on mountain subjects. The show awes viewers with thrills and grandeur captured in exotic locations and features a  wide variety of film subjects - from extreme sports to mountain culture and environment.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • February 26, 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.

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz, The Cave of Treasures
  • February 26, 2015 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • 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

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • February 26, 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
  • February 26, 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.

Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
  • February 26, 2015 - May 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM; Chase Free Thur 5-8PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6430
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This beautiful and powerfully moving exhibition explores the evolution of Italian painting over five centuries, from late medieval works of the 14th century to Impressionist pictures of the 19th. Drawn from the Glasgow Museums' outstanding Italian holdings, the show features works by some of the greatest masters of the these periods, including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Signorelli, and Titian; many of the pictures have never before be... Details

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