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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, 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.


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Wednesday Oct 22, 2014


Art to Zoo: Animals in Art
  • October 22, 2014 - December 17, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 3:30-5:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Draw, paint, print, and sculpt amazing animal art inspired by photographs in the SBMA exhibition Art to Zoo. Paintings of beloved pets, prints of exotic elephants, and sculptures of imaginary bugs keep young artists creatively engaged in this new after-school class.

Arte Intimo, Arte Publico: Spirit, Vision, and Form: The Art of Judy Baca
  • October 22, 2014 - December 19, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: 9AM-10PM
  • Address: University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: 805-893-8411
  • Venue: UCSB MultiCultural Center

Judy Baca is a world-renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator. Currently a professor of Chicano/a Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, she was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974.

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • October 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily: 10:30AM returning at 5:30PM
  • Address: We pick you up from any Santa Barbara hotel., , CA
  • Phone: 805-705-0562
  • Venue: Adventure Hummer and Backroads Wine Tours

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.

Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • October 22, 2014 - January 04, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM; Thurs: 11AM-8PM; closed on Mon
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-6474
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

 Works in the exhibition date from 1958 to 2014, and together highlight the persistent influence of modernism. The most recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past-including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design.

epicure.sb ~ 20% Discount on all Gift Baskets Featuring epicure.sb Partners
  • October 22, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Address: 5775 Dawson Rd Suite C, Goleta, CA 93117
  • Phone: 805-689-7561
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Gift Baskets

Scoop up a Taste of Santa Barbara for local delivery or to send throughout the US. Our handcrafted gift baskets feature local gourmet foods, area wines and award winning craft beers. Use the top-secret online code (epic-dish) to receive a 20% discount on of any basket featuring our fellow Epicures partners, including: Figueroa Mtn. Brewing Co., Riverbench Winery and more.

epicure.sb ~ Brews and Views at Belmond El Encanto
  • October 22, 2014
  • Times: 5-9PM
  • Address: 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805.845.5800. Reservations recommended
  • Venue: Belmond El Encanto

Delicious brews and American Riviera views are on tap at Belmond El Encanto Wednesday, October 22! For one night only, feast on Chef Leo Andres Ayala's specialty three-course prix fixe menu paired with a selection of Santa Barbara County's finest craft beers.

epicure.sb ~ Come FLOAT with us.... enjoy a Complimentary Treatment Enhancement
  • October 22, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Address: 18 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-845-7777
  • Venue: Float Luxury Spa

Mention the secret password of "epic-Scoop" and receive a free enhancement with any 80-minute service. Our enhancements include the revitalizing foot treatment, coconut-scalp treatment, dry body brushing and arnica lotion. Any of the treatments are sure to make an already relaxing treatment AMAZING! Please call to for availability. 

epicure.sb ~ Eat Local Challenge
  • October 22, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily
  • Location: All over!

Edible Santa Barbara & the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market are co-sponsoring the Eat Local Challenge for this month.  This Challenge is a great way to bring awareness of the economic, environmental, health & flavor benefits of purchasing locally based foods.

epicure.sb ~ epic-Scoop at Finch & Fork
  • October 22, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-879-9100
  • Venue: Finch & Fork at the Canary Hotel

During the duration of the epicure month we will selectively have a new password each week that will be displayed through our social media outlets. These passwords will have the guest indulge in a dining experience which could be a unique bite, one time cocktail, special secret dessert for the week, or surprise in the world of food or beverage, maybe a take away or discount in a special envelope.

epicure.sb ~ Health & Wellness Yoga Series: Lululemon Lecture Night Presents: Kirstin Stephenson
  • October 22, 2014
  • Times: 7-8PM
  • Location: Lululemon Athletica Store
  • Address: 740 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Kirstin Stephenson is a licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Yoga Instructor, widely known for her unique and interconnected understanding of the human body. Expand your personal knowledge on nutrition, acupuncture and yoga as it pertains to your internal health!

epicure.sb ~ Heatlh & Wellness Yoga Series
  • October 22, 2014 - October 30, 2014
  • Times: Various times
  • Location: Various locations

An ongoing event series throughout the month of October that will feature a unique array of Santa Barbara's top Yoga teachers and premiere locations. Each of the events are designed to be a part of an experiential Health and Wellness series and most will include a reception that follows an hour long yoga class. The purpose of this series is to bring together like-minded and local vendors, retailers and performers who are a part of the health and wellness community- together will create a truly ... Details

epicure.sb ~ Showtime at the Carbernet!
  • October 22, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-6PM
  • Address: 23 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-560-6555
  • Venue: Jamie Slone Wines Tasting Room

Showtime at the Cabernet is a five wine special tasting flight for Epicureans only and showcases our yet to be released 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Simply mention the secret password "Epic Dish" and we'll tantalize your taste buds. Epicureans will also enjoy an Exclusive 10% off any wines purchased on the day of their visit. Come visit us in our new Classic Santa Barbara tasting room located at the Wine Collection of El Paso, in the Presidio Neighborhood, downtown Santa Barbara. Home ... Details

epicure.sb ~ Ultimate Figcation Contest & Figcation Packages
  • October 22, 2014 - October 31, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 137 Anacapa St, Suite F, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-694-2252
  • Venue: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Enter to win The Ultimate Figcation. 4 days, 3 nights exploring Santa Barbara County while enjoying craft beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company. Stay at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort by the beach in Santa Barbara just blocks away from the nearby Funk Zone where Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.'s Santa Barbara taproom is located. After a beer tasting, Enjoy a meal at The Lucky Penny. Get whisked away to the Santa Ynez Valley to Taste wine from Fess Parker and Epiphany wineries, Dine a... Details

Kayak the American Riviera!
  • October 22, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: 10AM-2PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

See the American Riviera from a unique perspective. We can't promise you'll be as lucky, but some of our guests have paddled with whales on this trip-even with its proximity to the city. We "put-in" at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson.

Peaceful in the Face of Problems
  • October 22, 2014 - November 19, 2014
  • Times: 6:30-7:30PM
  • Address: 508 Brinkerhoff Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-563-6000
  • Venue: Mahakankala Buddhist Center

n this series we will look at the many methods taught to liberate our minds from the shackles of negative view, allowing us to enjoy each and every task we perform throughout our day, our week and our lives.

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Endless Summer

Come Rejuvenate Beachside at the Fess Parker Resort

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Food Tours

Taste the best SB food & drink and learn food photo secrets!

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Island Tours

Kayak, Snorkel and Explore the National Park. Book Now!

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Santa Barbara Airport - 1 Stop to Everywhere!

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Lemon Tree Inn

Let Lemon Tree in Santa Barbara be a highlight of your trip!

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