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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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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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Film Feast 2016

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


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Featured Events

2nd Fridays Art @ Santa ...
2.12.2016
Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
Every 2nd Friday,...More
Ladies Tasting
2.21.2016
Recurring monthly on the 21st
The last Monday of...More
Wine Country Bike Tour
2.12.2016
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
This trip takes us...More
1st Thursday Art Crawl
3.3.2016
Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
The Santa Barbara...More
Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
2.13.2016
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Santa Barbara...More
Tasty Cupcake and Wine t...
2.13.2016
Recurring weekly on Saturday
If you like tasty...More
Santa Barbara Comedy Hid...
2.18.2016
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Comedy Hideaway,...More
5K Gobble Gobble Run
11.23.2016 - 11.23.2018
Recurring every November 23rd
The 5K Gobble...More
Market Forays - Cooking ...
2.13.2016
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Shop for seasonal...More
1st Thursday
3.3.2016
Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
1st Thursday is an...More
Dannsair- Traditional Ir...
2.18.2016
Traditional Irish...More
Blur the Line - Live Mus...
2.18.2016
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Live music at the...More
Public Star Party
2.19.2016 - 4.19.2019
Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
See the wonders of...More
Santa Barbara Tasting To...
2.13.2016
Recurring weekly on Saturday
The Taste of Santa...More
Cupcake Funkday at Corks...
2.14.2016
Recurring weekly on Sunday
Alison Riede, ...More
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