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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Santa Barbara Garden Appreciation Month
Get Inspired! Explore the wealth and diversity of gardens throughout May: Garden Tours, Talks, Exhibits and Elegant Hotel Landscapes. Celebrate with us.

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Thursday Apr 24, 2014

4x4 Gourmet Sliders & Craft Beer Pairing
  • April 24, 2014
  • Times: 6-8PM
  • Location: Corks n'Crowns Tasting Room
  • Address: 32 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-845-8600

A the days get longer, Corks n' Crowns has joined forces with The Burger Bus. The last Thursday of every month will offer a specialty paired 4x4 Gourmet Sliders and Craft Beer flight. 

Comedy Hideaway Feat. Headliners from HBO, Comedy Central, NBC
  • April 24, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 7:30PM and 10PM
  • Location: Comedy Hideaway Showroom (Inside of Goleta Petrini's)
  • Address: 5711 Calle Real, Goleta, CA, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-636-1495

Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national television to Santa Barbara. Use the code SBCA for an exclusive discount when pre-ordering tickets at"

Free Movie Night at West Wind Drive-In
  • April 24, 2014
  • Times: 6PM
  • Location: West Wind Drive-In
  • Address: 907 South Kellogg Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-964-9050

Please join us for free movies at West Wind Drive-In! Gates open at 6pm Live Music, Games, Fun & More! $1.00 Nachos! Movies Showing for Free Night are: Frozen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire See you at the movies!!

Impressions in Ink - Presentation and Reception

Impressions In Ink - Presentation & Artist Reception April 24 at 5:30 p.m. $20 Members/ $30 Guests We invite you to explore our current exhibition, Impressions In Ink, with a lecture and etching demonstration by Western artist Bob Coronato.

No Waste Earth Recycled Art Exhibition
  • April 24, 2014 - May 09, 2014
  • Times: Tues-Fri 11AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Funded in part by an arts Enterprise Grant of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and Santa Barbara Foundation, " No Waste Earth" is a community art show exhibiting 10+ local artists and their works made from recycled materials. The works depict environmental themes the artists themselves are passionate about. 

Pop Up Opera at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • April 24, 2014
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-3890
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Opera Santa Barbara returns to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, for a free “Pop Up Opera” performance in the McCormick gallery in April. This concert will pay tribute to SBMA’s exhibit: Alice Aycock Drawings. Cast members from OSB’s production of The Consul will perform. Be sure not to miss this wonderful pairing of opera and art. Admission is free to the public.

Pork & Cork
  • April 24, 2014 - June 12, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-10PM
  • Location: Finch & Fork
  • Address: 31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-879-9100
  • Venue: Finch & Fork at the Canary Hotel

Chef James Siao creates new and unique ways to pair pork with wine. 

Rey Fresco and Groove Shine
  • April 24, 2014
  • Times: 9:30PM
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-7776
  • Venue: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

Rey Fresco performs their own original sound that blends rock, reggae, soul, world and latin music. Groove Shineis a local band that combines funk, reggae and hip hop rhythms with singer-songwriter acoustic grooves. 

Santa Barbara Fair & Expo
  • April 24, 2014 - April 27, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: Las Positas Road at Hwy 101, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: 805-687-0766
  • Venue: Earl Warren Showgrounds

The Santa Barbara Fair & Expo will feature carnival rides, games, contests, entertainment, exhibits, farm animals and more!

Sessions: Radical Museums with Nina Simon

Museum consultant and author, Nina Simon, leads a discussion about how cultural institutions can reconnect with the public and demonstrate their value and relevance in contemporary life and how museums can experiment with audience participation while still upholding traditional models.

The Enchanted Forest
  • April 24, 2014
  • Times: 7PM
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

"Balletic spiders swirling and prancing alongside lovingly choreographed moonbeams in a hushed, wooded glade under watchful starlight...where else but in an Enchanted Forest?"-Jeff Wing 

"108 Spacks Street" An Exibhit Honoring Poet Barry Spacks

This exhibition honors Barry Spacks, artist, poet and Santa Barbara's 1st Poet Laureate.The exhibit features 108 of Spacks' paintings. Spacks was a practicing Buddhist and the number 108 is special because it represents the amount of beads on a Mala that represent auspicious occasions. 

"A Mad Tea-Party"
  • April 24, 2014 - May 11, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5PM, Sunday 12-5PM
  • Address: 116 East Yanonali St C-1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-637-3898
  • Venue: Wall Space Gallery

Usher in the spring with an exhibition that playfully examines codes of femininity in lush visual style. The exhibition invites viewers to reflect on gendered composure, etiquette, and the allure of the fashioned object during the season celebrated for sensory profusion.

"Heavenly Bodies"
  • April 24, 2014 - May 25, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This exhibition of over sixty images, largely drawn from the permanent collection, continues the exploration of the intersections of art and science, begun in 1967 when the Santa Barbara Museum of Art presented Once Invisible.

"Jimmy's Chinatown" Art Show
  • April 24, 2014 - May 31, 2014
  • Location: Three Pickles @ the Pickle Room
  • Address: 126 E. Canon Perdid St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 760-525-8135

An exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy's Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as athe subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy will honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy Chung and his family, as well as the neighborhood. 

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Sea Cave Kayak

Kayak and Snorkel Channel Islands National Park

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To anywhere in the world, Santa Barbara Airport!

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Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a cruise, accommodations for 2 & bottle of chardonnay

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Refresh & Renew

Welcome Back to the Newly Renovated Fess Parker Resort!

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Amgen: May 15

Catch the Action - Amgen Tour of CA returns to SB on May 15!

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