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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.
Exhibit examines the history of lotería in Mexico which combines graphic images of iconic symbols and objects of everyday life, called out with clues or improvised riddle. Lotería continues to be a subject of fascination in popular culture, from song to tattoo art.
Anne Ward's contemporary take on genre painting is a discovery of shape, color and pattern in everyday life. Erling Sjovold's Old River, New Shore series tells the narrative of a river over time through plein air portraits and abstract deconstructions.
Curated by artist Holly Mackay, To The Sea is an all ages collaborative installation and playful call to action aiming to empower and engage the community in finding solutions to the growing problem of plastics in our environment, specifically in our water.
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.
The concert will feature 4 local bands: The Reignsmen, Me & Dinosaur, Bonny Doon, and Voices of Where. Priority seating is available only to dinner guests with a reservation.
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.
Join SBTHP as Catherine Kurland and Evangeline Ordaz-Molina discuss Hotel Mariachi, their book which depicts the mariachi musicians of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, and the eighty-year-old mariachi culture centered in the 1889 hotel on Mariachi Plaza.
Join us for Jazz at the Plaza each Thursday in September from 5 to 7pm for complimentary live music from renowned musicians. Optional wine and food tasting available for a $15 contribution to the evenings featured nonprofit beneficiary. To see who is playing: http://shoplacumbre.com/Events/jazz
Guess what time it is...Summertime!! And Summertime means MUVIE time! And MUVIE time is for FREEE! Every Thursday Night this Summer Muni will be playing MUVIES on the patio. Hooray!! This time around we're fishing for a big fish: Bill Murray. Bill Murray where are you?! Call the Tasting Room for Muvie information!
Do you think you have a problem with anger? Join New Beginnings Counseling Center in a 12-Week Anger Management Psychoeducational Group. The group will be facilitated by Mike Juarez and Danielle Amara Norlinger who are working under supervision at New Beginnings Counseling Center. Call to sign up!
A relaxing day paddling along the Santa Barbara waterfront. We “put-in” at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson. Our journey takes us through the harbor, along secluded beaches, past sea lions and kelp forests and around the historic pier.
Inspired by Verona, the "City of Love" as made famous by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this evening offers the perfect coupling of fine wine and theater arts featuring winemaker, Armando Fumanelli and a lovely reception and four-course tasting menu by Executive Chef David Reardon.
If this is your first time kayaking Channel Islands National Park, then this is where you want to go. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.
Join our free public talk during Sea Otter Awareness Week! Thursday at 7pm at Sea Center, Santa Barbara “A Sea Otter Tale: Southern California’s sea otters, their turbulent past and brighter future” presented by Greg Sanders, Marine Biologist.
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.
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