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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Friday Oct 09, 2015

2nd Fridays Art @ Santa Barbara Tennis Club
  • October 09, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
  • Times: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Tennis Club
  • Address: 2375 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-682-4722

Every 2nd Friday, The Santa Barbara Tennis Club  debuts a new themed exhibition feautring local artists. Gallery hours 10AM-9PM Daily.

Camerata Pacifica: The Romantics
  • October 09, 2015
  • Times: 1PM
  • Address: 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Phone: 805-884-8410
  • Venue: Music Academy of the West

Join Camerata Pacifica for a deeply moving one-hour concert performed by stellar musicians of local, national and international acclaim. 

Climate Deadline, Paris 2015
  • October 09, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Pollock Theater, UCSB, located at the central bus loop
  • Phone: 805-893-5903

An ethnographic film project dedicated to enhancing public participation in both the global social movements for climate action and the United Nations climate negotiations. The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker sociologist Richard Widick and executive producers. ~ Bernat Winemaker Dinner & Winery Retreat Stay

Stay on Bernat Vineyard at the beautiful Bernat Winery Retreat and attend their annual wine maker dinner at the highly acclaimed Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café, down the street from the Retreat. You will enjoy courses exquisitely prepared by Chef Chris Joslyn and perfectly paired with Bernat Wines. This is a quintessential wine country experience! Includes a one night stay for two or four guests and tickets to the Bernat Winemaker Dinner. ~ Tahitian Nights at Salt Cave Santa Barbara
  • October 09, 2015
  • Times: 5-7:30PM
  • Address: 740 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-886-0890
  • Venue: Salt

Please join us in our Himalayan Salt Caves for a Tahitian Night of live music and Tahitian inspired cuisine provided by Alvaro Rojas - CEO and Chef of Alcazar, Milk & Honey and The Bourbon Room. 

Final TGIF: Fall Feast (Thank Goodness It's Friday Mixer)
  • October 09, 2015
  • Times: 5:30-8:30PM
  • Location: Environmental Defense Center Courtyard
  • Address: 906 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1622

The Fall Feast is our TGIF season finale celebrating the food grown right here in Santa Barbara County! Join EDC for one of the most pleasant happy hours in town with local wines, beer from New Belgium Brewing Company, a complete catered dinner made from fresh, local foods, a raffle, and live music!

Friday Nite Wine Flix - Somm

Join Jaime Slone Wines in the Tasting Room every “Second Friday” of the month for Friday Night Wine Flicks, featuring a different wine movie each month! Wines by the glass and popcorn will be served. Wine Club members receive their 15% discount.

Half Price Fridays at Santa Barbara Rock Gym
  • October 09, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Rock Gym
  • Address: 322 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-770-3225

Fridays after 5:00 pm admission to Santa Barbara Rock Gym is only $7.50. Fun for climbers of all ages and ability levels

Mitchell Estate Gallery Opening Reception for Michelle Fierro Paintings 1995-1996
  • October 09, 2015
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Location: Mitchell Estate Gallery
  • Address: 110 Powers Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-568-1700

The Mitchell Estate Gallery is hosting an Opening Reception for their upcoming exhibition Michelle Fierro Paintings 1995-1996. Light refreshments will be served in their Grand Salon from 5-8PM. The exhibition runs October 9th-November 5th. 

Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival
  • October 09, 2015 - October 17, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Various venues in the Theatre District

The Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival returns with performances that will showcase a stellar line-up of national and international touring headliners. This is the second year the SBLOLFEST is being produced in Santa Barbara and will take place over two separate back-to-back weekends.

Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival presents: Brad Williams Ringmaster
  • October 09, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

Brad Williams returns to the Lobero Theatre where he filmed his one hour special now number one rated comedy special on Showtime. Brad will presenting his favorite comics and comedic musicians Eric Schwartz A.K.A. Smooth-E, J. Chris Newberg and Mike Phirman from Hard and Phirm (Chris Hardwick podcast). Brad will close the show with all new material in preperation for his next one hour.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • October 09, 2015 - October 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wed-Sat 8PM, Sunday 2 & 7 PM
  • Location: New Vic Theatre
  • Address: 33 West Victoria Street, Santa BArbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-5400

Tale of a wrongly-convicted barber who returns to London thirsty for revenge. When the Sweeney joins forces with a pie shop proprietres, they introduce a new, carnal ingredient to meat pies that sends the people of London straight to the shop, and new victims to Sweeney's barber chair.

UCSB Arts & Lectures: Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour
  • October 09, 2015
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-893-3535
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

Twyla Tharp is an American original. In a lifetime of more than 160 works, the legendary dancer and choreographer has redefined dance and its many genres, sending "an immense amount of spellbinding movement into the world" (The New York Times). From jazz to full-length ballets, from Broadway to Hollywood, the Emmy and Tony Award-winner has forged a career that is nothing short of legendary. To celebrate her 50th year in the business, Tharp takes a new company of 12 dancers on a nation... Details

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • October 09, 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.

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • October 09, 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.

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