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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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Ravel's 'Boléro'
A lively Academy Festival Orchestra program featuring Ravel’s masterpiece. 8pm, June 27 at The Granada. Tickets: $10, $40, and $50; 7-17 free.



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Monday May 25, 2015


I Madonnari Street Painting Festival 2015
  • May 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM-6PM
  • Address: 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Venue: Old Mission Santa Barbara

Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. Santa Barbara is the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from it's sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Santa Barbara

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.

Art Along the Creek: Restoring Land, Restoring Lives
  • May 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday: 2 - 6PM, Sunday & Monday: 11AM - 6PM
  • Location: Mission Creek
  • Address: 37 Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-687-7123

SCAPE's 8th annual juried art show & sale benefitting Phoenix Santa Barbara. Complemented by live music from a variety of small bands, this event takes place in the woods along Mission Creek, across Rocky Nook Park. Free admission & dogs are welcomed!

Backroad Santa Ynez Wine Tour aboard an open air Hummer
  • May 25, 2015
  • 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.

Bandera Ware: from Revolution to Republic / de Revolucion a Republica
  • May 25, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

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.

Casa Dolores: Mexican Objects from the Permanent Collection
  • May 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 12-4PM
  • Address: 1023 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-1032
  • Venue: Casa Dolores

On view from the Permanent Collection of Casa Dolores, works of art in clay, leather, wood, textile and silver, representing the vast regions of Mexico and artisan craft traditions of the 20th century. Roger Brown ceramics in garden. In English and Spanish. Exhibition ongoing.

DeeTours –City and Wine Tours in One-Of-A-Kind Jeep Limo
  • May 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Daily Departures to Accommodate Guests
  • Location: Call for meeting location
  • Address: P.O. Box 90251, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
  • Phone: 805-448-8425

90 minutes narrated city tour of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Highlights include the Mission, El Presidio, Wharf/Harbor, Courthouse, family fun spots, celebrity trivia and a breathtaking view from the Riviera. Small lap dogs welcome. The wine tour takes you to 4 vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Included are your tasting fees and an organic picnic lunch. Visit Solvang (Danish Community), do some olive oil tasting and stop by the 125 year old Cold Springs Tavern (optional).Or visit... Details

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation
  • May 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Chase Free Thursdays 5-8PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by the Armand Hammer foundation and augmented by several works from the private collection of Michael Armand Hammer.  

El Paseo Wine & Photo Tour with Eat This, Shoot That!
  • May 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: El Paseo Wine Collection
  • Address: 23 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This casual 2-2.5 hour Santa Barbara wine tour walks guests through the historic Wine Collection of El Paseo for small bites and sips of various wines grown in our local Santa Ynez valley. Along the way, learn a thing or two about Santa Barbara history and photography tips from a pro. You're welcome to bring along your camera or just your smartphone!

IMPART: An Exhibition for the 2015 Teen Arts Mentorship Master Artists
  • May 25, 2015 - June 20, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed. - Fri. 12-5PM, Sat. 11-5PM, Sun. 11-4PM
  • Address: 205 C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Venue: The Arts Fund

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 ... Details

Monday Night Flights
  • May 25, 2015
  • Location: Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant
  • Address: 131 Anacapa St, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-284-0380
  • Venue: Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant

Liven up your Monday with Monday Night Flights! Every Monday different wines will be uniquely paired with a meal as you are educated on the varietals, regions and producers of the wine. 

Nihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara Japanese American Community in Transistion,1900-1940
  • May 25, 2015
  • Times: 10:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Location: El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Nohinmachi Revisited covers forty years of life in Santa Barbara's Nihonmachi, or Japan Town, which was located on the Presidio site during the first half of the 20th century. The exhibit includes rarely seen historic photographs donated by local families accounts of life in Nihonmachi from members of the community and beautifully reconstructed Japanese ceramics excavated ons site. 

QUAKE! The 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake

BOOM! At dawn on June 29, 1925, Santa Barbara shook with a 6.3 earthquake leaving much of downtown destroyed or heavily damaged. This exhibition details the results and outcome of that famous earthquake. 

Ray Strong: Beyond Santa Barbara
  • May 25, 2015 - June 21, 2015
  • Times: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Thursday 11AM-8PM
  • Location: 19812
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-6840
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

This intimate presentation of paintings and drawings by esteemed artists Ray Strong highlights distinct moments within the artist's practice over the course of 45 years. Featuring landscapes and cityscapes produced outside of the Santa Barbara area, the selected works from the Museum's holdings offer a view of Strong's travels and his lifelong interest in depicting the environment around him. 

Reagan Ranch Center Exhibit Galleries
  • May 25, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Times: 11AM-4PM
  • Address: 217 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 1-888-USA-1776
  • Venue: Reagan Ranch Center

The Reagan Ranch Center is open to the general public for tours These galleries feature original Reagan Ranch artifacts matched with state-of-the-art, interactive, exhibits that highlight the history of Reagan’s quarter-century at Rancho del Cielo and the accomplishments of his presidency.

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