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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Celebrate Santa Barbara’s best at Bacara Resort, including Apprentice Winemaker Kurt Russell, at this event benefiting The Julia Child Foundation. (photo: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University)

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Thursday Mar 05, 2015

1st Thursday
  • March 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara!
  • Address: 27B E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-2098
  • Venue: Downtown Santa Barbara

1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment.

Blur the Line - Live Music at The Goodland

Live music at the Good Bar! Check website for specific performances. 

Certified American Grown Flowers Field-to-Vase Dinner Tour
  • March 05, 2015
  • Location: Westland Orchids
  • Address: 1400 Cravens Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013

"The Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a pop-up communal dining experience taking place at Westland Orchids. Participants will enjoy a private, guided tour of the orchid farm, meet floral designers, savor local fare served family-style at farm tables, and enjoy domestic wine and craft beer."

Dannsair- Traditional Irish Music

Traditional Irish Music alive & well in Santa Barbara so join Dannsair for a tune and a pint!

Family 1st Thursdays
  • March 05, 2015
  • Times: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. This week: Visual Storytelling- Use colored pencils and metallic paint to reimagine the architecture, landscape, and figures in Sandro Botticelli's The Annunciation, featured in the Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums exhibition.

In The Red and Brown Water
  • March 05, 2015 - March 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 8PM
  • Location: Hatlen Theater at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Phone: 805-893-2064

Yoruba mythology and contemporary poets, this first work in 2013 MacArthur fellow Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy tells a coming-of-age story set in a Louisiana bayou housing project. This riveting play is often described as a theatrical poem encompassing story, dance and song.

Pop-Up Opera: Botticelli to Bel Canto
  • March 05, 2015
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Location: Museum Galleries
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Opera Santa Barbara continues its season with bel canto composer Gioachino Rossini's opera L'italiana in Algeri. SBMA's exhibition of 500 years of Italian art is the perfect opportunity to showcase music from the birthplace of opera.

Tastemakers & Bootyshakers: Curated Cocktails at the Museum!

After hours at MCASB is offering $5 signature cocktails created by Outpost at The Goodland's resident mixologist Chris Burmeister. 

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundations presents: Dr. Helen Caldicott: Preserving the Future
  • March 05, 2015
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will hold its 14th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future with Helen Caldicott speaking on “Preserving the Future.” Dr. Caldicott was named by the Smithsonian as one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • March 05, 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.

1st Thursday Art Crawl
  • March 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Location: Back Steps of City Hall
  • Address: Del La Guerra and Anacapa Streets, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with the Downtown Organization, will lead a curated art crawl through the 1st Thursday festivities.The original idea behind the Art Crawl was to get a critical mass of art-loving people together to share excitement about the local art scene.

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.

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz, The Cave of Treasures
  • March 05, 2015 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: Wed-Sun; 12-5PM
  • Location: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Address: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93107-7130
  • Phone: 805-893-2951

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • March 05, 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.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • March 05, 2015 - May 30, 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 presents the new exhibition, BANDERA WARE: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolución a República. The exhibition gives light to a rare style of earthenware ceramics created in Jalisco utilizing colors of the Mexican flag (la bandera). The unique mix of green, white and red appear in flora, fauna and abstract design of the bandera-ware, referencing symbols and history of the flag itself.

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