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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Saturday Dec 20, 2014

2nd Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Fun Run
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 2-5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Running Co.
  • Address: 110 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-8802

SB Running invites you, your family, and friends (kids are welcome) to our Funk Zone location for an ugly sweater 5K fun run, some holiday cheer and last minute shopping! Enjoy raffles and giveaways, prizes for the ugliest sweaters and 20% off all items in store for participants! The fun run will

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • December 20, 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.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • December 20, 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.

FREE Yoga 101
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 3PM
  • Address: 28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-8811

FREE Yoga 101 with Aliza Lederman New to yoga? Looking for a safe space to give it a try? Free Class! December 20th, 3pm This fun 1 hour class requires ZERO experience!

Global Gardens Los Olivos Farm Stand Open House
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 4-7PM
  • Location: 2450 Alamo Pintado Road
  • Address: Corner of Los Olivos & Solvang, Los Olivos, CA
  • Phone: 800-307-0447

Complimentary appetizers & desserts made with Global Gardens award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Balsamics and their entire product line. Meet cookbook author & Global Gardens owner Theo Stephan and get original recipes for your holiday needs; learn how to make the best turkey ever!

Granada Theatre Presents: The Nutcraker
  • December 20, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Sat 2PM & 7:30PM; Sun 2PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-2222
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

This holiday family favorite is based on the classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman, and set to the unforgettable music of Tchaikovsk.  The ballet tells the story of young Clara, who receives a beautiful toy Nutcracker on Christmas Eve.

Guadalupe's Walk and Talk
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 9AM-12PM
  • Location: Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
  • Address: 1065 Guadalupe St, Guadalupe, CA 93434
  • Phone: 805-343-2455

Join long time local, Shirley Boydstun on a walk around the historical town of Guadalupe. She will share her knowledge of the historic buildings and families that can still be seen around town today.

La Pastorela (A Sheperd's Play)
  • December 20, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12/20 @ 7PM, 12/21 @ 2 & 7PM
  • Location: Presidio Chapel
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

La Pastorela is a historic Santa Barbara Christmas tradition. Dramatizing the epic battle between good and evil, the play invokes elements of spectacle, comedy and fantasy. This version was transcribed in the mid-nineteenth century by Pablo de la Guerra and will be conducted in Spanish.

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • December 20, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Fisherman's Market, Farmers Market, gourmet shops
  • Address: Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-259-7229

Shop for seasonal local ingredients and learn how to use them to easily create delicious gourmet meals. Our hands-on cooking class is followed by a shared feast paired with wines.  Please call ahead or visit website to see the day's menu. 

Rattle 'n' Roar! Art From Scrap Workshop with Jason Summers
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 10AM- 12PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Weekly Saturday Workshops at Art From Scrap. Open to all ages. Every week, a different Guest Artist teaches a new art project. Learn how to create eco-art out of reuse materials. Fun for the whole family! Art From Scrap is located across the street from the Saturday Farmers' Market.

Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin
  • December 20, 2014 - January 24, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues - Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

Casa Dolores is pleased to present the new exhibition, Saintly and Spirited: Art Made of Tin. The story of tin traverses continents and mining trails, centuries and cultures. Once meant for utilitarian purposes, it grows to become an important material that crosses the creative spectrum in Mexico: from painting the divine on retablos and symbolic offerings for milagros, to domestic ornament, the carnivalesque and recycled product for design. Mexican tin art is both private in devotion and publi... Details

Sanford Winery's Winter Vineyard Lunch
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 11:30AM-2:30PM
  • Location: Sanford Winery & Vineyards
  • Address: 5010 Santa Rosa Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: 805-735-5900 ext. 7001
  • Venue: Sanford Winery

You are invited to an afternoon of special tastings, lunch and breathtaking views at Sanford Winery. Join us on Saturday, December 20, 2014 on our estate vineyards located in one of the most breathtakingly scenic locations along the West Coast. Join us for a day in the vineyard!

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • December 20, 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

Sea Cave Kayaking
  • December 20, 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.

Standing Sun LIVE presents Willie Watson with Kathleen Sieck
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Standing Sun Wines
  • Address: 92 Second Street, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-904-8072

Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents "Willie Watson" with Kathleen Sieck Opening December 20, 2014 7pm $15 Admission/ $20 Reserved Seating

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