Santa Barbara International Film Festival
For 34 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has drawn loyal film buffs to this coastal town for 11 days of movie screenings. The festival features more than 200 films with panel discussions and celebrity visits.
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
Santa Barbara’s International Orchid Show pays homage to this splendid family of flowering plants. Mysterious and beautiful, orchids are the center of all eyes during this three-day show that invites orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the globe.
Santa Barbara Bowl
The Santa Barbara Bowl kicks off its music concert series in April. The outdoor amphitheater of 4,900 seats provides an intimate entertainment experience under the stars. Be sure to check the SB Bowl Calendar to stay up-to-date on “just-announced” shows and for ticket purchasing information.
I Madonnari Chalk Festival
Street painters unite at Santa Barbara’s Mission where they transform the pavement into an art-walk. This is the sister festival to the one in Grazie di Curtatone, Italia, and true to Italian artistic talent, the chalk artists turn the Old Mission’s plaza into a gallery of 150 vibrant, large scale works of artistic beauty.
Santa Barbara Polo Season begins
Put on your derby attire and enjoy happy hour on a regal afternoon at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Make a toast to the good life on the American Riviera with bubbly champagne as you watch majestic horses jockeyed by some of the world’s best Polo players who come every season between May and October to ride on this stunning field.
Santa Barbara Restaurant Week + Taste of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Restaurant Week will be partnering with Taste of Santa Barbara to highlight local fare by area chefs, farmers and nearby winemakers. This is meant to be a well-rounded culinary experience, and in addition to eating and drinking, the schedule includes panel discussions and more.
Summer Solstice Parade
Drawing crowds of more than 100,000 people from around the Central Coast and beyond, Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice is a celebration of season, color, music, dance and life that spans three days and features a lively parade of costumes and performances, along with food booths, arts, vendors and even a drum circle.
Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival
Hosted by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, this annual event beckons foodies and wine lovers eager to book their tickets far in advance. Nibble and sip from more than 100 of the Central Coast’s finest wineries and food vendors and spend a pleasant afternoon at the Museum’s oak woodland along Mission Creek.
California Wine Festival
The California Wine Festival descends on Santa Barbara for two days. Don’t miss a romantic evening of old-world charm and rare wine tasting followed by a beachside daytime event of wine, food, music and sun. Check the website for updates on locations.
Old Spanish Days Festival
Perhaps Santa Barbara’s most epic party, Fiesta! “Old Spanish Days,” is a five-day festival steeped in tradition and the pride of Santa Barbara’s rich Spanish heritage. The event dates back to 1925 and draws visitors from around the world for a celebration of culture, dancing, food and community spirit.
California Lemon Festival
At one time, the surrounding areas were filled with lemon trees. Come celebrate all things lemon at the Lemon Festival in Goleta. This festival is nearly 30 years in tradition and features fun pie-eating contests, arts & crafts…all in the theme of lemon.
California Brew Festival
BBQ and beer converge in this one-day fest. Grab a souvenir glass and sample from more than 50 breweries, wineries and cideries. Pair it with tri-tip and judge the competition yourself.
Harbor & Seafood Festival
Timed with the opening of lobster season, the Harbor& Seafood Festival beckons seafood lovers from afar. Meet local fishermen and feast on fresh catch, including crab, prawns, lobster, sea urchin and other locally caught seafood. Have it prepared on-the-spot for an foodie experience unlike any other.
SB Harbor Parade of Lights
The annual Christmas Parade of Lights is a fun and festive way to ring in the holiday season. A parade of nearly 30 boats travel through the Santa Barbara Harbor and along the shoreline. The evening finishes off with a glittering display of fireworks.