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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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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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Sunday Apr 19, 2015


Earth Day March for Climate
  • April 19, 2015
  • Times: 12:30-1:00pm
  • Address: 1400 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-636-6327
  • Venue: Alameda Park

Kids Stage First-ever Santa Barbara Earth Day youth march, led by Snook the Sloth. Procession ends at Main Stage with speakers and activities to raise awareness around climate. Arrive early to make signs and megaphones.

Hungry Cat's 8th Anniversary Celebration
  • April 19, 2015
  • Times: 12 - 7PM
  • Location: Hungry Cat
  • Address: 1134 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-4701

The Hungry Cat celebrates their 8th anniversary with a Sunday feast devoted seafood! The three course menu with optional half or whole Maine lobster includes the best and freshest fare from the sea, as well as legendary Thirsty Cat market cocktails and a select wines and specialty beers. 

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2015
  • April 19, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday 11AM-7PM, Sunday 11AM-6PM
  • Location: Alameda Park
  • Address: 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0583
  • Venue: Alameda Park

Celebrate the Earth and environmental awareness in the town where Earth Day originated! Enjoy live music, Sustainable Organic food, an Eco-Market place, green car show, sports and plenty of Eco friendly vendors! 

Speaking of Stories presents: Celebration of Stories
  • April 19, 2015 - April 20, 2015
  • Times: Sunday 2PM, Monday 7:30PM
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

An eclectic group of compelling stories, full of charm and a few surprises. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk-because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • April 19, 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.

2nd Annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara Resort & Spa
  • April 19, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: See website for full schedule
  • Address: 8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-571-3186
  • Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa

Join the celebration of Santa Barbara’s best chefs, artisans, winemakers and farmers. The Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend showcases the distinct tastes, sights and sounds of the region while also bringing cutting-edge culinary talent from across the country to Santa Barbara.

Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the wind in the sails while following alongside the Giant California Gray Whales! Up to 2.5 hrs. Full bar onboard for purchase Bring food or snacks, pack a picnic! $40 per person Limited seats available Call for reservation or book online.

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.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • April 19, 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
  • April 19, 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.

Ben Messick: Artist at Sullivan Goss

A wide ranging exhibition of drawings, watercolors, oils, and prints from the estate of California Scene painter Ben Messick. 

Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
  • April 19, 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

Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruises

Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists lead 2-hour cruises that focus on bald eagles, local birds and migratory birds, local wildlife, flora, geology, and Native American and settler history.

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise
  • April 19, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Fridays 3-5PM, Saturday 10AM-12PM, 3-5PM and Sunday 10AM-12PM
  • Location: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
  • Address: Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805-568-2460

Naturalist-guided cruise on Cachuma Lake focuses on wildlife, flora, cultural history, and geology.  

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • April 19, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

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.

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