There’s always something fun happening in Santa Barbara! Here are some of Santa Barbara’s exciting weekly, monthly and seasonal events and gatherings.


First Thursday every Month: Come and experience every 1st Thursday an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara.  Participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment from 5-8pm.

Neighborhood Farmers Market: Enjoyed every Tuesday and Saturday by locals and tourists alike.  Sample sweet dates and crisp apples as you stroll by an amazing selection of quality produce – you will often see our local chefs buying their fruit and vegetables.


Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February: This 10-day event has become one of the top California Film Festivals. Traditionally held just prior to the Oscars, it attracts a multitude of well-known actors, writers, and producers in attendance of special events as well as screenings of numerous US and international films.

Italian Street Painting Festival  Memorial Weekend every May: Magnificent chalk drawings or the I-Madonnari presented on the steps of the historic Mission.  If you’re in town, it is an event not to be missed.

Summer Solstice Celebration and Parade in June: Filled with artistic floats, drumming, dancing and the like, a celebration of life and renewal is at the core of this truly unforgettable jubilee. As spring comes to a close, there couldn’t be a more exciting way for friends, families, and couples to welcome in the new season!

Old Spanish Days Fiesta in August: A Santa Barbara tradition occurring over the past 90 years features equestrian parades, food booths and rodeos highlighting and celebrating the history of Santa Barbara.

Vintners Celebration of Harvest every October: The most exciting four-day party of the year. Collective winemaker’s dinners, open houses, wine seminars and much more.

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