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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, 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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Sunday Aug 30, 2015


Cupcake Funkday at Corks n' Crowns
  • August 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 11AM
  • Location: Corks and Crowns
  • Address: 32 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-845-8600

Alison Riede, creator of Sugar Cat Studio pairs Three Mini Cupcakes with Three Sparkling Wines at Corks n' Crowns. It's truly a unique tasting experience; most people are surprised that wine and cupcakes pair so well.

Diana Krall live in Concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl
  • August 30, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Bowl
  • Address: 1122 N Milpas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 323-468-1744

Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer, Diana Krall will play the Santa Barbara Bowl as part of her "Wallflower World Tour."

Jamie Slone Wines One Year Anniversary Celebration! BoRific & Burgers

To celebrate our First Year of business and our #1wine BoRific, we are bringing you "BoRific & Burgers!" It’s summer, the BBQ’s are in full swing and the wine is definitely flowing. Join us as we celebrate a successful first year. Tickets are limited so act fast!

Local Catch Festival
  • August 30, 2015
  • Times: 1PM
  • Address: 1134 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3112
  • Phone: 805
  • Venue: The Hungry Cat

Chef de Cuisine Peter Cham of Hungry Cat, presents a three course seafood meal celebrating the jewels from the Santa Barbara coast. Specialty cocktails and a selection of wines and specialty beers from interesting producers will also be offered. 

Painted Cave Kayak Tour

Get ready for a full day at sea! Explore Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the world! Painted Cave is within a Marine Protected Area and also a part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. After exploring the cave, you can go snorkeling too. Breakfast and lunch included.

Painting in the Vineyard @ Brander
  • August 30, 2015
  • Times: 10am -12:30pm
  • Location: The Brander Vineyard
  • Address: 2401 N Refugio Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441
  • Phone: 626-437-5569

Join us to paint the view outside at The Brander Vineyard. No painting experience necessary. All step-by-step instructions and materials provided for beginners on up. Day-of discounts will be extended to painters on delicious Brander wines.

Pop-up Brunch Brunch with Chef Weston of Les Marchands
  • August 30, 2015
  • Times: 11AM
  • Address: 131 Anacapa Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-456-2700
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Wine Collective

The next installment of the Santa Barbara Wine Collective pop-up brunch series is with Chef Weston Richards of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. Chef Weston is preparing a delectable four-course, seasonal menu using local ingredients paired with local wines from SBWC member producers. 

Standing Sun LIVE presents The Silent Comedy
  • August 30, 2015
  • Times: 7-10PM
  • Location: Standing Sun Wines
  • Address: 92 Second Street D, Buellton, CA 93427
  • Phone: 805-691-9413

Standing Sun LIVE in the Winery presents "The Silent Comedy."  Doors open 7pm/Show starts 7:30. Reserved Seating.  Food by Fire and Wine Catering.

Sunday Storytime at MCASB

Join the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) to hear stories about art and the adventures of artists! Enjoy a range of books selected by our exhibiting artists and staff. Storytime will inspire wonder and a lifelong appreciation for literary and visual art.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • August 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

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.

"How I See It" - A Sensory Touch Exhibition
  • August 30, 2015 - September 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5PM
  • Location: The Arts Fund Gallery
  • Address: 205- C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

HOW I SEE IT is a sensory touch exhibition that presents local artists' specific tactile works of art so that the pieces can be experienced by the visually impaired. The exhibition aims to rethink what is important to the audience when sight is not the primary sense employed. It is about two senses that we use, and many take for granted: sight and touch. When someone is visually impaired, touch becomes far more important to them in the scheme of things than it is to the average person...their h... Details

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • August 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM -12PM or 1PM- 3PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara coastline offers several fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. We will teach you the basics of surfing on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. This is a great way to get a taste of surfing in just a few hours.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Barbara

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.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • August 30, 2015
  • 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.

CA COOL at Sullivan Goss

Curator Jeremy Tessmer has assembled modernist / minimalist paintings and sculptures from the 1950s to the present day that exhibit traces of the detachment implied by coolness. Many are bright and colorful, though, reminding us that 'cool' is neither too hot nor too cold. There are also nods to surf culture and to skate culture, to graphic design and to product design. There are contemporary works, by artists based in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, that both reflect coolness and critique it... Details

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