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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.


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Saturday Oct 25, 2014


18th Annual Red Feather Ball

The 18th United Way's Red Feather Ball will be filled with heartwarming stories about United Way's important programs, Fun in the Sun and United for Literacy, and how these programs have impacted the many lives of people who need our support in the Santa Barbara community.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • October 25, 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.

Boo at the Zoo: Pirates of the Channel Islands
  • October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Fri 5:30-8:30PM; Sat 4:30-8:30PM; Sun 4:30-7:30PM
  • Address: 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-5339
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo

Have a spooktacularly good time as the Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-or-treating. Features Trick-or-Treat Trail, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, Ghoulish Goodies, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, and more.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 25, 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.

epicure.sb ~ 20% Discount on all Gift Baskets Featuring epicure.sb Partners
  • October 25, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Address: 5775 Dawson Rd Suite C, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-689-7561
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Gift Baskets

Scoop up a Taste of Santa Barbara for local delivery or to send throughout the US. Our handcrafted gift baskets feature local gourmet foods, area wines and award winning craft beers. Use the top-secret online code (epic-dish) to receive a 20% discount on of any basket featuring our fellow Epicures partners, including: Figueroa Mtn. Brewing Co., Riverbench Winery and more.

epicure.sb ~ Come FLOAT with us.... enjoy a Complimentary Treatment Enhancement
  • October 25, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Address: 18 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-845-7777
  • Venue: Float Luxury Spa

Mention the secret password of "epic-Scoop" and receive a free enhancement with any 80-minute service. Our enhancements include the revitalizing foot treatment, coconut-scalp treatment, dry body brushing and arnica lotion. Any of the treatments are sure to make an already relaxing treatment AMAZING! Please call to for availability. 

epicure.sb ~ Eat Local Challenge
  • October 25, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily
  • Location: All over!

Edible Santa Barbara & the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market are co-sponsoring the Eat Local Challenge for this month.  This Challenge is a great way to bring awareness of the economic, environmental, health & flavor benefits of purchasing locally based foods.

epicure.sb ~ Eat This, Shoot That! - Epic Scoop
  • October 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 2PM
  • Address: Meeting location is near Cabrillo Blvd and State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
  • Phone: 805-699-6719 info; 800-656-0713 tickets
  • Venue: Eat This, Shoot That! Santa Barbara Food Tour

Oct 4: Santa Barbara Trivia Food and Photo Tour Oct 11: Smartphone Photo Scavenger Hunt Food and Photo Tour Oct 18: Food and Wine Trivia Food Tour and Photo Tour Oct 25: Best Costume Contest Food and Photo Tour

epicure.sb ~ epic-Scoop at Finch & Fork
  • October 25, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-879-9100
  • Venue: Finch & Fork at the Canary Hotel

During the duration of the epicure month we will selectively have a new password each week that will be displayed through our social media outlets. These passwords will have the guest indulge in a dining experience which could be a unique bite, one time cocktail, special secret dessert for the week, or surprise in the world of food or beverage, maybe a take away or discount in a special envelope.

epicure.sb ~ Heatlh & Wellness Yoga Series
  • October 25, 2014 - October 30, 2014
  • Times: Various times
  • Location: Various locations

An ongoing event series throughout the month of October that will feature a unique array of Santa Barbara's top Yoga teachers and premiere locations. Each of the events are designed to be a part of an experiential Health and Wellness series and most will include a reception that follows an hour long yoga class. The purpose of this series is to bring together like-minded and local vendors, retailers and performers who are a part of the health and wellness community- together will create a truly ... Details

epicure.sb ~ Open Streets ¡Calles Vivas!
  • October 25, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-4PM
  • Address: East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-696-1100

More than 2.5 miles of beautiful Santa Barbara beachfront road will be closed to vehicle traffic and open to car free activities and adventures! Enjoy Open Streets then walk a block over to the Funk Zone to check out the Urban Wine Trail and find other great tastes and treats. Visit Santa Barbara Car Free's booth at the event and mention "epic gathering" for a free tote bag.

epicure.sb ~ Real Ale Festival
  • October 25, 2014
  • Times: 1-4PM early entry with lunch 11:30AM-1PM
  • Location: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
  • Address: 45 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company will be hosting a Real Ale Invitational on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Over a dozen breweries will be showcasing their own styles of real ale at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company's flagship brewery and taproom in Buellton. For those beer lovers that want a more intimate experience paired with food, a limited number of tickets will be sold for a Real Ale Lunch prior to the Invitational at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Tickets go on sale August 1. ... Details

epicure.sb ~ Showtime at the Carbernet!
  • October 25, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-6PM
  • Address: 23 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-560-6555
  • Venue: Jamie Slone Wines Tasting Room

Showtime at the Cabernet is a five wine special tasting flight for Epicureans only and showcases our yet to be released 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Simply mention the secret password "Epic Dish" and we'll tantalize your taste buds. Epicureans will also enjoy an Exclusive 10% off any wines purchased on the day of their visit. Come visit us in our new Classic Santa Barbara tasting room located at the Wine Collection of El Paso, in the Presidio Neighborhood, downtown Santa Barbara. Home ... Details

epicure.sb ~ Ultimate Figcation Contest & Figcation Packages
  • October 25, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 137 Anacapa St, Suite F, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-694-2252
  • Venue: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Enter to win The Ultimate Figcation. 4 days, 3 nights exploring Santa Barbara County while enjoying craft beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company. Stay at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort by the beach in Santa Barbara just blocks away from the nearby Funk Zone where Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.'s Santa Barbara taproom is located. After a beer tasting, Enjoy a meal at The Lucky Penny. Get whisked away to the Santa Ynez Valley to Taste wine from Fess Parker and Epiphany wineries, Dine a... Details

Harvest Festival at the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden
  • October 25, 2014
  • Times: 10AM-3PM
  • Location: Riverview Park
  • Address: West end of the park., Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-350-0360

Harvest Festival at the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden Join us in celebration of "National Make a Difference Day". A free family event. Bring garden tools and join us for some community fun. Live concert by the Ruben Lee Dalton Band, face paint, community crafts,drought tolerant garden display.

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