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Santa Barbara Calendar of events

Santa Barbara Calendar of Events

The Santa Barbara Calendar of Events boasts a vast collection of Santa Barbara festivals, events and activities, no matter the season. Browse below for a comprehensive listing of events in Santa Barbara.

January May September
February June October
March July November
April August December

September 2013

September 27 – 29 | Natural History Museum
A gorgeous display of art-works in the theme of "Parks & Landmarks of Santa Barbara County."

Lemon Festival
September 28 – 29 | Goleta
The 22nd annual California Lemon Festiveal.  For the past 21 years, the lemon festival has been the biggest celebration in the Goleta area and it keeps getting better each year.

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October 2013

A Month to Savor Santa Barbara
October | Multiple Locations
A mouthwatering community celebration during the month of October featuring all things food and drink.

Fall Plant Sale
October | Multiple Locations
Delight in the romantic colors and beautiful blooms of the Fall Plant Sale.

Avocado Festival

October 4 – 6 | Carpinteria
Enjoy live music and decadent avocado-based dishes. A veritable weekend of "Peace, Love and Guacamole."
Harbor & Seafood Festival

Harbor & Seafood Festival
October 12 | Santa Barbara Harbor
A favorite on the Santa Barbara calendar of events, delight in the freshest Santa Barbara seafood selections and an array of maritime related demonstrations.

New Noise Digital Music Conference & Festival
October 16-19 | Various locations in Downtown Santa Barbara
The New Noise Festival features more than 100 performing artists and industry speakers, and strives to be a fun and informative event for artists to perform and learn.

Halloween Safe Trick or Treat Downtown

October 31 | Downtown Santa Barbara
The whole family will enjoy plenty of treats and zero tricks at this fun an

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November 2013

Empty Bowls Lunch
November 4 | Rockwood Women's Club
Support a worthy cause and help end hunger at the annual Empty Bowls Lunch.

Veterans Day Parade
November 10 | State Street
Join the community in recognizing and commemorating our fallen heroes and the brave men and women who risk it all for our freedom.

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December 2013

Downtown Holiday Parade
Downtown Holiday Parade
December 6 | Downtown Santa Barbara
Join us for a merry parade and lively celebration of the holidays.

Santa Barbara Motorcycle Toy Run
December 8 | Multiple Locations
Embark on a fun-loving bike ride for charity and help assist those less fortunate during the holiday season.

Harbor Parade of Lights
December 8 | Santa Barbara Harbor
A colorful event starting at Santa's Village on City Pier and ending in a dazzling fireworks display over the water.

Santa Barbara Trolley of Lights Dinner Tour
December 10-23 | Various Locations
14th Annual Trolley of Lights Tour ticket, two course dinner, non-alcoholic beverage, tax & tip.


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January 2014

Santa Barbara International Film Festival
January 30 – February 9 | Multiple Locations
Experience for yourself the Santa Barbara Film Festival - the preeminent Oscar® film festival.

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February 2014

Whale Watching in Santa Barbara
February - April | Waterfront / Multiple Locations
Gaze in awe as beautiful gray and humpback whales begin their yearly trek along the Western coastline.

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March 2014

International Orchid Show
March 14 -16 |Earl Warren Showgrounds
Delight in fragrant blooms, sit in on informative demos and browse both flowers and art for purchase.

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April 2014

Santa Barbara's Birthday & Founding Day
April 13 | El Presidio
Join the Santa Barbara community as they gather to celebrate the founding of their beloved city.

Earth Day

Earth Day
April 20 – 21 | Alameda Park
An environmentally conscious event educating the public on sustainability and green practices.

Santa Barbara Fair & Expo
April 23 – 26 | Earl Warren Showgrounds
Visit the Santa Barbara Fair for classic fair staples like delicious fried foods, thrilling rides and National and Amateur National Horse Shows.

Sea Festival & Annual Nautical Swap Meet
April 28 | Harbor
The Sea Festival provides a day to celebrate Santa Barbara's rich maritime tradition with arts & crafts, demonstrations, lively music and more.

Dance Day
April TBA | Downtown Santa Barbara
Join the nation in a day of sheer dance exhilaration presented by the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, an official Dance Day location.

Jewish Festival
April TBA | Oak Park
Honor Santa Barbara's thriving Jewish community and Israel's Independence Day.

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May 2014

Cinco de Mayo
May 5 | Multiple Locations
Honor Mexico's rich heritage, tradition and pride at multiple events and locations through the Santa Barbara area.

Classic & Hot Rod Car Show
May 19 – 20 | Downtown Santa Barbara
Car enthusiasts flock to this annual car show featuring 350 hot rods, classic cars and high-performance automobiles on State Street between Micheltorena and Guiterrez.

I Madonnari
May 26 – 28 | Santa Barbara Mission
An eye-popping festival featuring massive pastel works done in Italian street painting style.

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June 2014

Ocean Awareness Festival
June | Stearns Wharf/East Beach & Ty Warner Sea Center
Show your support for responsibility initiatives in ocean awareness and smart environmental practices.

Live Oak Music Festival

Live Oak Music Festival
June 1 – 17 | Live Oak Camp
Groove through an exciting weekend of live musical performances spanning such genres as folk, blue grass, gospel and others.

Lompoc Valley Flower Festival
June 20 – 24 | Ryon Park, Lompoc
Take part in one-of-a-kind shopping experiences, lively carnival activities and a vibrant parade celebrating the beauty of life.

Summer Solstice Festival
June 22 – 24 | Alameda Park, Parade is on State Street
Welcome the summer solstice with thrilling festival-style activities and celebratory parade.

Pacific Pride Festival
July 7 | Leadbetter Beach
Show your Pacific Pride as the local community joins together in celebration of Santa Barbara and beyond.

California Wine Festival
July 9 – 21 | Chase Palm Park/ Soccer Field
Enjoy a fine collection of heady varietals and fantastic outdoor musical performances.

Greek Festival
July 28 – 29 | Oak Park
This lively festival honors Santa Barbara's eclectic Greek community with traditional foods, entertainment and more.

UC Santa Barbara Spring Commencement
June 9 & June 14-16 | UCSB, Various Locations
Cheer on your favorite graduate during the UC Santa Barbara Spring Commencement ceremonies.

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July 2014

4th of July Fireworks: Santa Barbara
July 4 | Waterfront / West Beach
Relax on the warm Santa Barbara beachfront as a fabulous 4th of July fireworks display fills the sky.

Independence Day Celebrations
July 4 | Multiple Locations
Celebrate our country's independence at a wide variety of locations across the area.

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August 2014

Fiesta – Old Spanish Days
August 1 – 5 | Multiple locations
Commemorate Santa Barbara's Spanish heritage and majestic national beauty at the Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

Woodies Car Show
August 18 | Santa Barbara City College Visit the Woodies Car show for a fun "Woodies at the Beach" get-together, a Friday night soirée and scrumptious Sunday breakfast. All sponsored by the Santa Barbara Woodie Club.

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