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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Saturday Jul 04, 2015

2015 Semana Nautica: Santa Barbara's Annual Sports Festival
  • July 04, 2015 - July 12, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily events at various times
  • Location: Beaches and other locations

Santa Barbara's ultimate summer sports festival includes activities such as ocean swimming, fishing, water polo, volleyball, beach biathlon, 15k road race, sailing, gymnastics, softball, semipro baseball, tug-of-war and the perennial favorite, the Krazy Kardboard Kayak Race plus many others!

4th of July Block Party with Les Marchands

Chef Weston of Les Marchands Wine Bar an Merchant will be grilling house made cowboy sausages on our patio starting at 1pm on 4th of July until the food runs out. Both Les Marchands and the Collective will be pouring special wines by the glass, be sure to try our special Independence Day tasting flight at the Collective. Cowboy sausage served on a brioche bun with corn on the cob $15 Accompaniments: onions, sauerkraut, jalapeno, mustard, catsup.

4th of July Kids Sailing Cruise

Start your 4th of July off with the kids Sailing on the Sunset Kidd Sailboat. Summer fun under the sun! 2 Hrs. Bring food or snacks, pack a picnic Limited seats Call for reservation or book online.

4th of July Old Mission (Alternative site) Art Show
  • July 04, 2015
  • Times: 10AM -5PM
  • Location: 2227 Garden Street
  • Address: 2227 Garden Street, corner of Pueblo, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-886-9416

Join us for our annual 4th of July Old Mission Art Show. 50 local artists showcase their work in this very popular well attended show. There will be pottery, glass, jewellery, dolls, hats, clothing, oil & water colors & mixed media art, unique gift items, photography and more.

4th of July Sailing Cruise- Pre-party Special Event

Pre-party aboard the Sunset Kidd Sailing Yacht Full bar onboard for purchase Bring food or snacks 1.5 Hr. Sailing Cruise Limited seats Call for reservation or book online.

53rd Annual 4th of July Parade
  • July 04, 2015
  • Times: 1PM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara
  • Address: Micheltorena to Cota Street on State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Enjoy Santa Barbara's 53rd annual Independence Day parade. Watch floats, Honor Guard, dance and many more performances to honor Independence Day! 

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
  • July 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10-11:30AM meet at Neal Taylor Lake Nature Center
  • Address: Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-688-4515
  • Venue: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area & Campground

Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists and interpretive guides lead an easy paced ½-mile walk on the Don Wimpress Nature Trail. Large groups are encouraged to call the Park Naturalists in advance.

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • July 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8AM
  • Location: Fisherman's Market, Farmers Market, gourmet shops
  • Address: Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone: 805-259-7229

Shop for seasonal local ingredients and learn how to use them to easily create delicious gourmet meals. Our hands-on cooking class is followed by a shared feast paired with wines.  Please call ahead or visit website to see the day's menu. 

Olde 4th of July

There is something for everyone at this 4th of July celebration! Enjoy a day of live music, classic cars, hayrides, pony rides, an old engine show, tours, various games, and much more! 

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.

Rhythm and Brews
  • July 04, 2015 - August 09, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 5-7PM
  • Location: Pure Order Brewing Co.
  • Address: 410 N. Quarantina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-966-2881

Enjoy Pure Order's full line up of brews, local food trucks and good music!  

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • July 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:30 & 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom above Apero Bar & Tapas
  • Address: 532 State St (2nd floor), Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-364-2999

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. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at

Santa Barbara Fourth of July Celebration

Enjoy an all-America Fourth of July celebration! Music and food all day with a special concert at the courthouse, and fireworks beginning at 9pm. Fireworks will launch from West Beach and last approximately 18-20 minutes. 

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours
  • July 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11AM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara
  • Phone: 805-295-8687

The Taste of Santa Barbara is an intimate food walking tour that introduces guests to six different tasty locations in the mid-State Street area of downtown Santa Barbara. Over the course of the 3 hour tour, guests get to meet the chefs and owners and sample French pastries, Northern Italian dishes, gourmet cheese, local wine, handcrafted chocolates, and East Coast deli fare.Throughout the day, guests will also become acquainted with historical places like the Arlington Theater, the Granada Th... Details

Sun Salutation Yoga on the Beach
  • July 04, 2015 - August 29, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8-9AM
  • Location: East Beach, 1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Outdoor Fitness

Say good morning to the world with a series of Suyra Namaskar, the sun salutation, as you wake you your mind, body, and spirit. We will end our class with a guided meditation full of positive affirmations, leaving you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to start your day! Please note: July 11th class will take place at East Beach - Calle Puerta Vallarta, and July 18th class will take place at Cabrillo West.

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