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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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