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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.
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.
The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with Santa Barbara Downtown, will lead a curated art crawl through the 1st Thursday festivities.
Extravagant costumes! Continue the Fiesta with our exhibition dedicated to beautiful Old Spanish Days fashion, art, and history. Celebrate with Spanish guitar, pop-up performances and a tribute to the legacy of the Museum, built fifty years ago. Always family friendly. Wine and beverages available!
Live music at the Good Bar! Check website for specific performances.
Join us for Happy Hour at the Museum! $5 themed cocktails created by Outpost at the Goodland’s resident mixologist Chris Burmeister, fun art activities, delicious bytes from Whole Foods Santa Barbara, & a special techno set by DJs Myster Mause and Watson. FREE tours of the current exhibitions.
Traditional Irish Music alive & well in Santa Barbara so join Dannsair for a tune and a pint!
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together. You will Design your own version of Bayer's Lonely Metropolitan in shades of black, white, and grey by sketching hands on mid-tone paper in graphite and white pastel, then collaging them onto to an urban landscape.
Join Music Academy of the West and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for a 60-minute concert featuring Music Academy Fellows. Complimentary tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 pm at SBMA’s Park Entrance.
Every Thursday evening Georgia's Smokehouse heads down to Carpinteria to hang out at Island Brewing Company and pair our barbecue with their local beers!
The freedom of summertime, easy going lifestyles and grooving to some Psychedelic rock by Mystic Braves.
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.
Create a beautiful living centerpiece out of succulents. You'll learn how to propagate, care for and arrange succulents with materials and instruction from Art From Scrap and Santa Barbara Succulents.
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 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...
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.
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