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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.
In October 2013, South African cavers made an exciting discovery of a new species, Homo naledi. Becca Peixotto, one of six primary excavators, will discuss the value & excitement of exploration, the benefits of open science, as well as the collaboration and technology involved.
Spirit of India is an original theatrical event in which 17 lavishly costumed dancers, acrobats, fire-eaters and sword dancers perform an eclectic repertoire on Western and traditional Indian instruments. This lively musical journey from Rajasthan to Mumbai is the bold vision of Artistic Director Rahis Bharti, who invites audiences to the world of music, dance, dynamic rhythm and spirituality that characterize India and, of course, the irresistible scores of Bollywood film soundtracks. A verita...
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.
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.
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.
On view from the Permanent Collection of Casa Dolores, works of art in clay, leather, wood, textile and silver, representing the vast regions of Mexico and artisan craft traditions of the 20th century. Roger Brown ceramics in garden. In English and Spanish. Exhibition ongoing.
Take the Kids on an adventure they will never forget! An adventure out at sea on our 41 ft. Sailboat. Sit back and relax or help the Captain and Crew. Pack a picnic, drinks onboard for purchase. 2 Hrs. A save and stable vessel for the young. Life jackets provided. Pets are welcome.
90 minutes narrated city tour of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Highlights include the Mission, El Presidio, Wharf/Harbor, Courthouse, family fun spots, celebrity trivia and a breathtaking view from the Riviera. Small lap dogs welcome. The wine tour takes you to 4 vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Included are your tasting fees and an organic picnic lunch. Visit Solvang (Danish Community), do some olive oil tasting and stop by the 125 year old Cold Springs Tavern (optional).Or visit...
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.
Local photographers Robert Watt and Dennis Schuett are featured in Divergent Focal Planes on the Channel: From Darkroom to Lightroom, a photography exhibit that captures two different perspectives of one subject, the Santa Barbara Channel. Both photographers grew up in rural, landlocked, middle America and were drawn to the allure of the ocean. In this experimental exhibit, they show how photography can capture one subject in unique and diverse ways.
This casual 2-2.5 hour Santa Barbara wine tour walks guests through the historic Wine Collection of El Paseo for small bites and sips of various wines grown in our local Santa Ynez valley. Along the way, learn a thing or two about Santa Barbara history and photography tips from a pro. You're welcome to bring along your camera or just your smartphone!
Cebada Wine and Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours are teaming up to offer you a very special 15% off a glass of wine and walking food tour!
Experience the excitement, fun and beauty of the mountains surrounding Santa Barbara in Los Padres National Forest. Pay one ride and get another one half off.
Meet your friendly and knowledgeable guides at the Moreton Bay Fig Tree at the SB Amtrak Train Station at 10:30am. From there, explore Santa Barbara's up and coming trend setting "Funk Zone"! The group will visit 3-4 wine tasting rooms on the "Urban Wine Trail" and taste some of the top wines produced in Santa Barbara County. Winery staff will discuss varieties and vintages, and offer our guests specials on bottle purchases! Our guides will offer discussions on local trivia...
Treat yourself and some friends to a local wine tasting tour in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara! This casual walking tour will take you and your friends to two eateries and five local winemakers' tasting rooms for small bites and sips of over 8 different wines. Along the way, you'll learn a thing or two about local history and tips on how to take better vacation photos. We'll have you sipping like a local and shooting like a pro! To redeem the discount, use code EPIC2015 when purchasing a s...
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