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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Film Feast: Feb. 3 - Feb. 13, 2016
We invite you to take a bite of dramatic dining, treat your taste buds to adventurous libations, and toast to the last 30 years of filmmaking during the SBIFF. Linger longer with scene-stealing lodging deals!

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Saturday Feb 13, 2016

"Pinkies Party" at Fiddlehead Cellars

Bring your Valentine and join us in the cellar as we celebrate the release of our brand new 2015 rose of Pinot noir, "Pink Fiddle" with a dinner party party featuring all things pink, and an abundance of amazing Fiddlehead wine!

"Rose, Reds & Truffles"
  • February 13, 2016 - February 14, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: 21980
  • Address: 131 Anacapa Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Wine Collective

Join Santa Barbara Wine Collective Valentine's Day weekend for a hand selected flight of local wines paired with locally handmade truffles from Jessica Foster Confections.

31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Phone: 805-963-0023

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Film enthusiasts can enjoy special panels, award ceremonies and 200+ films.

Artiste Art & Wine Reception

Open Reception with the artist at Artiste Studio in Los Olivos. Meet James-Paul Brown and taste the new wine blends!

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
  • February 13, 2016
  • 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.

Film Feast 2016
  • February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Vary
  • Location: All around Santa Barbara!
  • Phone: 805-966-9222

It's Film Feast in Santa Barbara-where perfect pairings take center stage during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Explore the best plates and pours throughout Santa Barbara's many theatre districts during SBIFF.

Highlights of the Permanent Collection
  • February 13, 2016 - July 31, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11AM - 5PM Tuesday - Sunday. 11AM - 8PM Thursdays
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4363
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In celebration of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary in 2016, this installation highlights the most celebrated works of art from SBMA’s permanent collection, as well as several of the most exciting gifts and acquisitions in the areas of modern and contemporary art, & photography.

Market Forays - Cooking Demo and Seminar
  • February 13, 2016
  • 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. 

Paint in the Vineyard at Cambria Winery
  • February 13, 2016
  • Times: 11AM
  • Address: 5475 Chardonnay Lane, Santa Maria, CA 93454
  • Phone: 805-990-2105
  • Venue: Cambria Estate Winery

Join us at the picturesque Cambria Winery in Santa Maria to grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush! The stunning vistas and clone pinots are truly to-die-for. Don’t consider yourself an artist just yet? Don’t worry. Our trained artist will walk you through the entire painting process step-by-step.

Romancing the Stars

Take a romantic tour of the universe inside the Gladwin Planetarium. Uncover myths and stories about love, the planets, and Cupid’s role in Greek mythology. Afterward, you and your sweetie will view our amazing night sky through telescopes in our newly renovated Palmer Observatory.

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours
  • February 13, 2016
  • 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

Science on Site: Transforming Fish Habitats with Rick Thomas and Nicole Poletto

Explore how fish and their habitats are affected by various pollutants in the environment with a kid-friendly activity. 

Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations
  • February 13, 2016 - January 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Satellite @ Hotel Indigo
  • Address: 121 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-5373
  • Venue: Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara presents Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations, a group exhibition of nine Santa Barbara County artists that explores the quiet and inconspicuous operations of everyday existence. In our daily comings and goings, within and around us, things are in a constant state of transformation: clouds, currency, alliances, and surfaces, to name just a few. While passing through space, sitting still, or inter... Details

Tasty Cupcake and Wine tour
  • February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-4:30PM
  • Address: 720 Bond Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

If you like tasty treats and wine, then you are going to love this Santa Ynez tour! This wine tour features a delicious sampling of wine infused cupcakes in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. Actual dates may vary - minimum numbers required on all tours. Subject to availability - please call for schedule. 

Valentine's Barrel Room Dinner
  • February 13, 2016
  • Times: 6-9PM
  • Location: Sanford Winery & Vineyards
  • Address: 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Phone: 8057355900ext9
  • Venue: Sanford Winery & Tasting Room

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Sanford Winery! Indulge in Hors D'oeuvres paired with your favorite Sanford wines overlooking La Rinconada Vineyard. We will have the Barrel Room dressed up in lavish decor, where you will dine with our Assistant Winemaker, Laura Roach.

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Hotel Milo

Beachfront with complimentary WiFi & 2 wine tasting tickets

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Adventure Calls

Start your year right with adventures like Sea Cave Kayaking

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Renew, Revive

Celebrate 2016 - Treat Yourself to Romance on the Riviera

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Film Feast 2016

Sip, savor and stay during Film Feast in Santa Barbara!

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