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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.
Miriam Wattles, professor of Japanese Art History at UC Santa Barbara, focuses on Kobayashi Kiyochika’s paintings and prints from the Museum's permanent collection.
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County announces the second annual Santa Barbara Fork & Cork Classic at the Montecito Country Club. From the Montecito Country Club hillside, guests can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Santa Barbara's coastline, sip premium local wines, and ample fantastic food.
The exhibition will feature the work of this year's outstanding cast of professional artists and writers who have graciously accepted the opportunity to impart their knowledge to Santa Barbara's next generation of artists. As a reflection of the mentorship program itself, this exhibition will feature a diverse array of media including alternative process photography, old masters oil painting, plein air painting, creative writing, stainless steel sculpture, drawing and mix-media; all art forms ...
Join us at the Dierberg Vineyards to grab your glass of wine and a paintbrush. The picturesque valley surrounding the tasting room provides a beautiful, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine-lover in you.No previous painting experience necessary.
Celebrate 5 days of Spanish and Latin American cinema with 11 new films! Full schedule and venues available online.
The program celebrates the work of J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel. Under the direction of Chris A. Bowman, the concert will open with the orchestra's presentation of Bach's "Sinfoinia" followed by the blending of choral voices and orchestra in Bach cantatas including, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Dona Nobis Pacem" and Handel's oratorio "Messiah" with its "Hallelujah" chorus. Tickets are available by calling 805-350-4241, online at: www.syvchor...
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.
Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the wind in the sails while following alongside the Giant California Gray Whales! Up to 2.5 hrs. Full bar onboard for purchase Bring food or snacks, pack a picnic! $40 per person Limited seats available Call for reservation or book online.
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.
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.
A wide ranging exhibition of drawings, watercolors, oils, and prints from the estate of California Scene painter Ben Messick.
This beautiful and powerfully moving exhibition explores the evolution of Italian painting over five centuries, from late medieval works of the 14th century to Impressionist pictures of the 19th. Drawn from the Glasgow Museums' outstanding Italian holdings, the show features works by some of the greatest masters of the these periods, including Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Signorelli, and Titian; many of the pictures have never before be...
Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists lead 2-hour cruises that focus on bald eagles, local birds and migratory birds, local wildlife, flora, geology, and Native American and settler history.
Naturalist-guided cruise on Cachuma Lake focuses on wildlife, flora, cultural history, and geology.
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