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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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Friday Oct 31, 2014


21st Annual Halloween Haunted House
  • October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Location: Solvang Festival Theater
  • Address: 420 2nd St, Solvang, CA 93463
  • Phone: 805-688-7529

This season we invite you to enter "The Fog" where you must find your way out. An abandoned fishing village lingers in the fog as the lighthouse searches for survivor & shadows appear from the haze. Plus Halloween Street Fair both nights with food, spirits and fun!

Arte Intimo, Arte Publico: Spirit, Vision, and Form: The Art of Judy Baca
  • October 31, 2014 - December 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: 9AM-10PM
  • Address: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-8411
  • Venue: UCSB MultiCultural Center

Judy Baca is a world-renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator. Currently a professor of Chicano/a Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, she was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • October 31, 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.

Black Cat Ball Halloween Party for Grownups
  • October 31, 2014
  • Times: 7:30PM-Midnight
  • Address: 3744 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-965-3396
  • Venue: Butler Event Center

Annual Black Cat Ball Fundraiser for Summer Solstice with live music from Grooveshine, DJ,MacIntyre, costume contest with cash prizes Come enjoy a great evening and support Summer Solstice! Must be 21 to attend.

Blind Tiger's Safari Halloween Excursion
  • October 31, 2014
  • Times: 9PM-1:30AM
  • Location: Blind Tiger
  • Address: 409 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-957-4111

Blind Tiger presents Safari Halloween Excursion Join us for our very first Halloween party -- Safari Halloween Excursion! For one night only Blind Tiger will be transformed into a Jungle Safari! Please visit safari.nightout.com for tickets/details.

Chumash Live & In Concert: Martin Nievera
  • October 31, 2014
  • Times: 8PM
  • Address: 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
  • Phone: 800-248-6274
  • Venue: Chumash Casino Resort

Martin Nievera is a hugely popular Filipino singer, songwriter, and actor with 18 platinum, 5 double platinum, 3 triple platinum and 1 quadruple platinum albums to his credit. As an actor, Nievera has appeared in eleven movies and seven television series, including the TV variety show Penthouse Live! and The X Factor Philippines. Don't miss this highly entertaining showman, performing live in our Samala Showroom!

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 31, 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

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 ~ Agua Santa Pre-Release Tastings
  • October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: During business hours
  • Location: Los Agaves (600 N. Milpas) and Casa Blanca (330 State Street)
  • Phone: 805-694-2252

Try Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company's new cerveza, Agua Santa, before it's released in the taprooms. This Mexican-style lager will be available at 3 select restaurants in Santa Barbara. Try it before everyone else does! Just mention "epic-Scoop" to purchase a pint!" Please call or visit website for more information.

epicure.sb ~ Au Bon Climat presents: Halloween
  • October 31, 2014
  • Times: 12-6PM
  • Address: 813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Au Bon Climat

Being expressive has its perks! Capping Halloween week, on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, come to the ABC tasting room in costume and get "Two for One" wine tastings. There are two flights offered: the Classic Flight and the eclectic "Monster Mash" Flight of unusual varietals. For more information please call or visit our website.

epicure.sb ~ Come FLOAT with us.... enjoy a Complimentary Treatment Enhancement
  • 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 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 ~ epic-Scoop at Finch & Fork
  • 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 ~ Showtime at the Carbernet!
  • 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 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

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