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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.
Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. Santa Barbara is the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from it's sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.
This very special day gives you VIP access to the exclusive Sunstone Villa grounds for painting in the vineyard. All instructions and materials are provided for you to create your masterpiece! Private wine tastings before and after painting at various picturesque parts of the property included.
Join the Wine Collection of El Paseo for their 2nd Annual Memorial Day Block Party! Enjoy wines from 6 premium wineries, food provided by C'est Cheese and a complimentary commemorative wine glass.
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.
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.
SCAPE's 8th annual juried art show & sale benefitting Phoenix Santa Barbara. Complemented by live music from a variety of small bands, this event takes place in the woods along Mission Creek, across Rocky Nook Park. Free admission & dogs are welcomed!
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.
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.
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.
Naturalist-guided cruise on Cachuma Lake focuses on wildlife, flora, cultural history, and geology.
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.
90 minutes narrated city tour of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Highlights include the Mission, El Presidio, Wharf/Harbor, Courthouse, family fun spots, celebrity trivia and a breathtaking view from the Riviera. Small lap dogs welcome. The wine tour takes you to 4 vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Included are your tasting fees and an organic picnic lunch. Visit Solvang (Danish Community), do some olive oil tasting and stop by the 125 year old Cold Springs Tavern (optional).Or visit...
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.
This 2.5 hour walking tour takes guests to various eateries and tasting rooms for 8 different tastings. This Funk Zone tour starts out near the beach and visits 3 restaurants, 2 wine bars, 1 distillery, and 1 brew house with stops in between for mini photo lessons. The food stops feature fresh seafood, gourmet flatbread pizzas and eclectic bistro style creations that are sure to tickle your tummy. In between tastings, learn how to take better travel photos while you explore our fabulous city...
This casual 2-2.5 hour Santa Barbara wine tour walks guests through the historic Wine Collection of El Paseo for small bites and sips of various wines grown in our local Santa Ynez valley. Along the way, learn a thing or two about Santa Barbara history and photography tips from a pro. You're welcome to bring along your camera or just your smartphone!
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