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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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Monday Sep 01, 2014


¡LOTERÍA! Mexico’s Game of Chance and Poetry
  • September 01, 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.

Audubon raptor aviary needs volunteers
  • September 01, 2014 - September 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Shifts are once per week between 10 a.m. and 1p.m. and can either be 1.5 hours or all 3.0 hours. Afternoon volunteers are 1:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m once or twice a week.
  • Location: Museum of Natural History
  • Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-259-1446

If you enjoy helping wild, rehabilitated raptors, come join Audubon’s “Eyes in the Sky (EITS) Program” at the Audubon Aviary in the beautiful “back yard” of the Museum of Natural History.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • September 01, 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.

Jack Johnson
  • September 01, 2014
  • Times: 6:30PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Bowl
  • Address: 1122 N. Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-962-7411
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Bowl

Jack Johnson comes to the Santa Barbara Bowl for two nights of music in support of his sixth studio album From Here To Now To You. 

Mbuti: Children of the Forest
  • September 01, 2014 - September 15, 2014
  • Times: 8AM-10PM
  • Address: 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Phone: 805.969.3626, ext. 103

This photographic exhibition and accompanying short film explore the culture of the Mbuti, the pygmy hunter-gatherers of the Congo Rainforest. Opening talk and reception on Sunday, July 20 from 2-5P. 

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • September 01, 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.

"Tree of Life" Exhibition at Casa Dolores
  • September 01, 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. 

Butterflies Alive!
  • September 01, 2014 - September 07, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-682-4711
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Experience the magic of Butterflies Alive! as you stroll through a beautiful garden filled with flowers, luscious greenery, and hundreds of free-flying butterflies. See one of nature's most beautiful ambassadors and reconnect with nature.

DeeTours –City and Wine Tours in One-Of-A-Kind Jeep Limo
  • September 01, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily Departures to Accommodate Guests
  • Location: Call for meeting location
  • Address: P.O. Box 90251, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
  • Phone: 805-448-8425

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... Details

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • September 01, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursdays 5-8PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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.  

Experience Early California Art!
  • September 01, 2014 - September 30, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-1601
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

We invite you to explore Impressions In Ink - Etchings From The Collection.  Impressions In Ink features prints by Santa Barbara artists Henry Chapman Ford (1828 – 1894), Marian Hebert (1899 – 1960), Edward Borein (1872 – 1945), Carl Oscar Borg (1879 – 1947), and Reginald Vaughan (1870 – 1958). The exhibition will present a variety of subject matter, from the California Missions to local scenes, seascapes, and desert landscapes, with much of the work fres... Details

Food, Beer, and Wine Tour of Santa Barbara
  • September 01, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11:30AM or 12:30PM depending on day
  • Location: Rudy's Mexican Restaurant
  • Address: 305 W. Montecito Street, Santa Barbar, CA
  • Phone: 18006560713
  • Venue: Food Tours - Savor Santa Barbara

Eat and drink like a local! Combining 7 distinct tastings of food, beer, and wine, you'll experience some of the oldest and newest eateries with local history, culture and architecture, while strolling the off-the-beaten path. Call for more details. 

Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art
  • September 01, 2014 - September 14, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Thursday 11AM-8PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Left Coast is an exhibition that presents an overview of the Museum's collecting habits in contemporary art over the past five years, focusing most heavily on artists living and working in Southern California. Featuring a variety of media, including painting, photography, works on paper, and sculpture, many of the works in the exhibition are in view for the first time! 

Monday Night Flights
  • September 01, 2014
  • Location: Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant
  • Address: 131 Anacapa St, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-284-0380
  • Venue: Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant

Liven up your Monday with Monday Night Flights! Every Monday different wines will be uniquely paired with a meal as you are educated on the varietals, regions and producers of the wine. 

Nihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara Japanese American Community in Transistion,1900-1940
  • September 01, 2014
  • Times: 10:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Location: El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Nohinmachi Revisited covers forty years of life in Santa Barbara's Nihonmachi, or Japan Town, which was located on the Presidio site during the first half of the 20th century. The exhibit includes rarely seen historic photographs donated by local families accounts of life in Nihonmachi from members of the community and beautifully reconstructed Japanese ceramics excavated ons site. 

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