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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Featured Events

Performance & Life: Teen...
9.27.1915 - 11.2.2015
Recurring weekly on Monday
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2nd Fridays Art @ Santa ...
Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday
Every 2nd Friday,...More
Ladies Tasting
Recurring monthly on the 21st
The last Monday of...More
Wine Country Bike Tour
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
This trip takes us...More
1st Thursday Art Crawl
Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
The Santa Barbara...More
Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Santa Barbara...More
Tasty Cupcake and Wine t...
Recurring weekly on Saturday
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Santa Barbara Comedy Hid...
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Comedy Hideaway,...More
5K Gobble Gobble Run
11.23.2015 - 11.23.2018
Recurring every November 23rd
The 5K Gobble...More
Market Forays - Cooking ...
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Shop for seasonal...More
1st Thursday
Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
1st Thursday is an...More
Dannsair- Traditional Ir...
Traditional Irish...More
Blur the Line - Live Mus...
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Live music at the...More
Public Star Party
10.16.2015 - 4.19.2019
Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
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Santa Barbara Tasting To...
Recurring weekly on Saturday
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