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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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Friday Sep 19, 2014


¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • September 19, 2014 - September 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Exhibit examines the history of lotería in Mexico which combines graphic images of iconic symbols and objects of everyday life, called out with clues or improvised riddle. Lotería continues to be a subject of fascination in popular culture, from song to tattoo art.

78th Annual Danish Days Weekend
  • September 19, 2014 - September 21, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Various times
  • Location: Downtown solvang
  • Phone: 805-688-6144

Danish Days celebrates Solvang's heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities.

Anne Ward and Erling Sjovold Solo Exhibitions
  • September 19, 2014 - October 05, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 1-5PM
  • Address: 517 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-5588
  • Venue: Marcia Burtt Gallery

Anne Ward's contemporary take on genre painting is a discovery of shape, color and pattern in everyday life. Erling Sjovold's Old River, New Shore series tells the narrative of a river over time through plein air portraits and abstract deconstructions.

Art from Scrap Presents: To the Sea
  • September 19, 2014 - October 04, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM; Sun 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Curated by artist Holly Mackay, To The Sea is an all ages collaborative installation and playful call to action aiming to empower and engage the community in finding solutions to the growing problem of plastics in our environment, specifically in our water.  

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

Breast Cancer Resource Center's OCEAN'S 14 Fundraiser at the Coral Casino!

You Are Invited! To attend an exciting 'Vintage Vegas' charity gala event benefitting the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara. Friday, September 19th, 2014 6;00pm - 10:00pm Coral Casino, Montecito Blackjack tables, silent and live auction, dinner, dancing!

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • September 19, 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.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • September 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:30 & 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom above Apero Bar & Tapas
  • Address: 532 State St (2nd floor), Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-364-2999

Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national TV to Santa Barbara. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at www.SBcomedy.com

Santa Barbara Harbor Kayak
  • September 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: 10AM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

A relaxing day paddling along the Santa Barbara waterfront. We “put-in” at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson. Our journey takes us through the harbor, along secluded beaches, past sea lions and kelp forests and around the historic pier.

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • September 19, 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.

United Boys and Girls Club Annual Community Breakfast
  • September 19, 2014
  • Times: 7:30-9:30AM
  • Location: Fess Parker Double Tree Reagan Room
  • Address: 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-681-1315

Special Guest Speaker: Jeffrey O. Henley is Chairman of Oracle Corporation. He has held this position since January 2004. Special Guest Co-Speaker: Ben Howland, Celebrity Basketball Coach Our annual breakfast to celebrate the 7,100 member children in our clubs.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • September 19, 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.

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • September 19, 2014 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

This Exhibition will explore the history if the significance of the Tree of Life in Mexico. Ranging from a traditional wedding gift, to being used as a religious education tool between friars and Native Americans when the Spanish first came to the country. 

“Wine and Wisdom” Trivia Night at Sevtap Tasting Room
  • September 19, 2014 - February 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 7:30-9PM
  • Address: 1576 Copenhagen Dr. #1, Solvang, CA 93463
  • Phone: 805-693-9200
  • Venue: Sevtap Winery

"Wine and Wisdom!" Weekly trivia night at the Sevtap Winery. Winner gets a bottle of Sevtap wine to take home :)

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise
  • September 19, 2014
  • 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.  

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