Events

Whether you have a hankering for wine tasting, fine dining, arts and culture or festivals, Santa Barbara delivers. Visitors and locals enjoy the events in Santa Barbara with picturesque Spanish Colonial architecture and plenty of recreational opportunities, from the Santa Ynez Mountains to the Central California coastline. Happy trails!

SANTA BARBARA RESTAURANT WEEK

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 - MARCH 4, 2018

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During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu at a reduced price for lunch and dinner. Restaurants in Santa Barbara will offer a 3-course menu during dinner time that you will be able to enjoy for less than their usual price per plate. You'll get to feast at restaurants you have been dreaming of eating at. Restaurant menus will be priced at $25, $35 and $45, making SB Restaurant Week accessible to all that desire a foodie experience like no other. You'll get the chance to pick three options for each course including your appetizer, entrée and dessert.

VALENTINE'S DAY IN WINE COUNTRY

FEBRUARY 1, 2018 - FEBRUARY 28, 2018

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10:00AM

Celebrate love in wine country on a cupcake and wine pairing tour, wine and bike tour or van tour and tasting throughout the valley. Tastings at several wineries, lunch, a friendly and knowledgeable guide and a special Valentine's gift are all included.

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

FEBRUARY 27, 2018

7:30PM - 9:00PM Website

A Santa Barbara institution, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is a perennial fan favorite. Featuring the world's best films and videos on mountain subjects, the tour awes viewers with thrills and grandeur captured in exotic locations the world over. The show's wide variety of film subjects – from extreme sports to mountain culture and environment – will amaze audiences. An entirely different program of films screens each night.

PUPPETPALOOZA

MARCH 1, 2018 - MARCH 4, 2018

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The puppets are coming! For four days puppets will take over the city of Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza is a family-centric event (with plenty of night time fun for adults, too!) that includes two park celebrations and over twenty performances and events at venues throughout Santa Barbara. This multicultural, bilingual festival will bring children, families, visitors and artists from all over the globe together for an unforgettable experience!

WORLD OF PINOT NOIR

MARCH 2, 2018 - MARCH 3, 2018

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Discover. Indulge. Celebrate. The annual World of Pinot Noir event gathers the planet's foremost Pinot Noir wineries and winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars in a weekend-long seaside celebration of this delicious and storied wine.

73RD ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW: ORCHID MYSTIQUE

MARCH 9, 2018 - MARCH 11, 2018

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9:00AM - 5:00PM

Thousands of blooms in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture, will be showcased at the show, one of the country's largest and oldest celebrations of orchids.

The 73rd annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show's theme, “ORCHIDS – The World's Greatest Show,” pays homage to a family of flowering plants that boast 25,000 species, among which beauty is ubiquitous and uniqueness is commonplace. Some are sexy (One species attracts male bees by mimicking the look, scent and feel of a female bee) while others are secretive (it took scientists years to find a moth with a foot-long tongue for pollinating an orchid that hides nectar 12 inches deep).

The three-day Orchid Show highlights bold and beautiful horticultural innovations and feats of evolution represented by more than 50 orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the world. A highlight of this year's event is the vanilla orchid, which will add taste to the list of senses stimulated by the diverse array of plants.

SANTA BARBARA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

MARCH 15, 2018 - MARCH 19, 2018

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The highly acclaimed Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival will once again bring the community together to experience the power of exceptional films from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity. Organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, this year's festival will include five days of high quality, unique films and showcase a wide range of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and shorts by American, European, and Israeli filmmakers. This is one event you do not want to miss!

FOUNDING DAY FESTIVAL

APRIL 28, 2018

12:00PM - 4:00PM Website

Commemorate 236 years of history at the birthplace of Santa Barbara, El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. Celebrate the history of Santa Barbara at the Founding Day Festival, featuring Presidio Neighborhood businesses and local entertainment in the heart of downtown. Enjoy a costumed reenactment of the original Founding Ceremony held in 1782 and other family activities across the Presidio grounds.

ROAR & POUR WINE FESTIVAL

MAY 5, 2018

5:00PM - 8:00PM Website

Enjoy tastings from more than 30 local wineries on this spring evening when the animals stay out late and the entire zoo is open for guests to sip and stroll through. Tasty treats from food trucks available for an additional cost. VIP Ticket offers tasting of reserve wines and pairing of wine with appetizers. For ages 21 and over only.

I MADONNARI ITALIAN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

MAY 26, 2018 - MAY 28, 2018

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10:00AM - 6:00PM

Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. We are proud to be the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. The Project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

SANTA BARBARA TRIATHLON

AUGUST 24, 2018 - AUGUST 26, 2018

RECURRING DAILY Website

7:00AM - 6:00PM

Not just another pretty race! The Santa Barbara Triathlon delivers unique distances, an event site to die for and a vibe that is both fun and friendly. We have an unparalleled variety of course options to choose from, and every participant gets a T-shirt, finisher medal, lunch and more. Established in 1981, ours is one of the longest-running independently owned triathlons in the world. And it's no wonder: Stunning scenery, flawless operations and an oceanfront transition area and finish line ensure a sellout event every year.

THE DAVEYS VOICE FILM FESTIVAL

MARCH 10, 2018

5:00PM - 8:00PM Website

The 1st Annual Davey's Voice Film Festival is an evening of family-friendly, animal related films celebrating the bond between human and animal. The short films are selected from hundreds of local and international submissions to include moving and joyful films to ensure a balance of films that entertain as well as educate. The Festival Honorees and main beneficiaries of this year's event include Paws Up 4 Pets a collaboration between local nonprofit Davey's Voice and CARE 4 PAWS to promote compassion and accountability for animals to school-age children, and Social Compassion in Legislation, a non-profit organization that has been sponsoring landmark legislation since 2007.

WINE COUNTRY TOUR BY BIKE

MARCH 11, 2018 - DECEMBER 31, 2018

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Bike through Santa Barbara's beautiful wine country on an all-day guided wine tour. Tastings, bikes, lunch, and transportation all included.

NATURE TRACK FILM FESTIVAL

MARCH 24, 2018 - MARCH 25, 2018

4:00PM - 10:45PM Website

The NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF) has selected films from over 20 different countries for the inaugural event scheduled for March 23 – 25 in Los Olivos, CA. Films from around the world were submitted in a variety of categories, with close to 60 selected for the film festival that truly ignite passion for nature through film. Juried awards determined by a panel of film industry professionals, outdoor guides and teachers will be given out for Best in Category, which includes the Children Connecting with Nature – “Dan Conaway Award,” overall Best in Festival, and an Audience Favorite award.

FESTIVAL OF FLAVORS

SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

5:00PM - 7:00PM Website

Enjoy a magical evening sampling tasty food, wine and a signature cocktail from some of Santa Barbara's finest venues. Browse a tantalizing silent auction while enjoying live jazz music in the beautiful Braille Institute courtyard. This remarkable event supports the very important work Braille Institute does in our community. You do not want to miss this!

22ND ANNUAL RED FEATHER BALL

OCTOBER 5, 2018

6:00PM - 10:00PM Website

You are invited to attend United Way of Santa Barbara County's 22nd Annual Red Feather Ball on Friday, October 5, 2018. This fun event is filled with music and dancing, and features a curated silent auction. Join us for a gracious evening to support the impactful programs of United Way of Santa Barbara County.

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