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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.


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Thursday Sep 03, 2015


1st Thursday
  • September 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Location: Downtown Santa Barbara!
  • Address: 27B E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-2098
  • Venue: Downtown Santa Barbara

1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment.

1st Thursday Art Crawl
  • September 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
  • Times: 5:30PM
  • Location: Back Steps of City Hall
  • Address: Del La Guerra and Anacapa Streets, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with Santa Barbara Downtown, will lead a curated art crawl through the 1st Thursday festivities.

1st Thursday at Santa Barbara Historical Museum
  • September 03, 2015
  • Times: 5-8PM
  • Address: 136 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-966-1601
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Extravagant costumes! Continue the Fiesta with our exhibition dedicated to beautiful Old Spanish Days fashion, art, and history. Celebrate with Spanish guitar, pop-up performances and a tribute to the legacy of the Museum, built fifty years ago. Always family friendly. Wine and beverages available!

Blur the Line - Live Music at The Goodland

Live music at the Good Bar! Check website for specific performances. 

Curated Cocktails: Fall Into Techno

Join us for Happy Hour at the Museum! $5 themed cocktails created by Outpost at the Goodland’s resident mixologist Chris Burmeister, fun art activities, delicious bytes from Whole Foods Santa Barbara, & a special techno set by DJs Myster Mause and Watson. FREE tours of the current exhibitions.

Dannsair- Traditional Irish Music

Traditional Irish Music alive & well in Santa Barbara so join Dannsair for a tune and a pint!

Family 1st Thursday at SBMA: Urban Landscape Collage
  • September 03, 2015
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:30PM
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together. You will Design your own version of Bayer's Lonely Metropolitan in shades of black, white, and grey by sketching hands on mid-tone paper in graphite and white pastel, then collaging them onto to an urban landscape.

Free Music Academy Concert Series
  • September 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 2PM
  • Location: Mary Craig Auditorium
  • Address: 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-4364
  • Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Join Music Academy of the West and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art  for a 60-minute concert featuring Music Academy Fellows. Complimentary tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 pm at SBMA’s Park Entrance.

Georgia's Smokehouse at Island Brewing Company
  • September 03, 2015 - September 10, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5-8pm
  • Location: Island Brewing Company
  • Address: 5049 6th Street, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Every Thursday evening Georgia's Smokehouse heads down to Carpinteria to hang out at Island Brewing Company and pair our barbecue with their local beers!

Mystic Braves
  • September 03, 2015
  • Times: 9PM
  • Location: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club
  • Address: 1221 State Street, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-962-7776

The freedom of summertime, easy going lifestyles and grooving to some Psychedelic rock by Mystic Braves.

Santa Barbara Comedy Hideaway
  • September 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 7 & 9PM
  • Location: The Little Door Santa Barbara (near Granada Theatre and Sunken Gardens)
  • Address: 129 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-364-2999

Comedy Hideaway, Santa Barbara's most celebrated weekly comedy show, is now downtown. Every week, Hideaway brings professional headliners from national TV to Santa Barbara. 

Succulent Centerpiece Workshop
  • September 03, 2015
  • Times: 6PM
  • Address: 302 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-0459
  • Venue: Art From Scrap

Create a beautiful living centerpiece out of succulents. You'll learn how to propagate, care for and arrange succulents with materials and instruction from Art From Scrap and Santa Barbara Succulents. 

Wine Country Bike Tour
  • September 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10AM-5PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

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.

"How I See It" - A Sensory Touch Exhibition
  • September 03, 2015 - September 05, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5PM
  • Location: The Arts Fund Gallery
  • Address: 205- C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

HOW I SEE IT is a sensory touch exhibition that presents local artists' specific tactile works of art so that the pieces can be experienced by the visually impaired. The exhibition aims to rethink what is important to the audience when sight is not the primary sense employed. It is about two senses that we use, and many take for granted: sight and touch. When someone is visually impaired, touch becomes far more important to them in the scheme of things than it is to the average person...their h... Details

2-Hour Surfing Lesson
  • September 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10AM -12PM or 1PM- 3PM
  • Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-884-9283
  • Venue: Adventure Company of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara coastline offers several fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. We will teach you the basics of surfing on the beach before hitting the water to catch some waves. This is a great way to get a taste of surfing in just a few hours.

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