Santa Barbara Events Calendar
The Santa Barbara events calendar is always brimming with eclectic and entertaining events just moments from our Santa Barbara luxury hotel. Stay at Spanish Garden Inn when in town to attend any of these popular events:
Year Round Events
Whale Watching in Santa Barbara
Year Round | Waterfront / Multiple Locations | Learn More
See majestic gray whales and humpback whales as they make their yearly migration along the Western coast.
Tuesdays and Saturdays | Downtown | Website
Open rain or shine, the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market strives to bring fresh, local agricultural products to the community.
First Thursday of Every Month | Various Downtown Venues | Website
This recognized program showcases downtown arts, culture and entertainment on a monthly basis, and is free from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show
Every Sunday | Cabrillo Boulevard | Website
The only continuous, non-juried arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world runs every Sunday and on select holidays.
February - November | Lotusland | Website
A one-of-a-kind botanical garden known for its stunning settings and creative displays. Tours offered twice daily, Wednesday through Saturday, between February 15 and November 15. Reservations required.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
January 30 - February 9 | Multiple Locations | Website
Well known as the preeminent Oscar® film festival.
International Orchid Show
March 14 - 16 | Earl Warren Showgrounds | Website
Enjoy beautiful blooms, informative potting demos and flowers and art for purchase.
Santa Barbara Fair & Expo
April 23 - 26 | Earl Warren Showgrounds | Website
Indulge in delicious carnival fare and check out the thrilling National and Amateur National Horse Shows.
Santa Barbara's 232nd Birthday & Founding Day
April 26 | El Presidio | Website
An entire community comes together to celebrate this special day in Santa Barbara history.
April 26 - 27 | Alameda Park | Website
A fun and informative festival promoting sustainability and green-living practices.
Sea Festival & Annual Nautical Swap Meet
May 3 | Harbor | Website
Celebrate Santa Barbara's maritime history with crafts, demos, sing-a-longs and so much more.
May 4 | Oak Park | Website
Join in the celebration of Santa Barbara's Jewish community and Israel's Independence Day.
Cinco de Mayo
May 5 | Multiple Locations
Lively events will be held city-wide in recognition of Mexican heritage and pride.
Santa Barbara National Public Gardens Day
May 9 | Multiple Locations
Santa Barbara celebrations National Public Gardens Day big with numerous tours and events held at local gardens including the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, Casa Del Herrero and Ganna Walska Lotusland.
Amgen Tour of California
May 15 | Website
The 8-stage, 15-city cycling competition will once again host a leg in our fair city.
Classic & Hot Rod Car Show
May 17 - 18 | Downtown Santa Barbara | Website
Check out over 350 hot rods, classic cars and performance vehicles on State Street between Micheltorena and Gutierrez.
May 24 - 26 | Santa Barbara Mission | Website
A dramatic Italian street painting festival featuring large pastel works brought to life on the pavement.
Ocean Awareness Festival
June 7 | Stearns Wharf / East Beach & Ty Warner Sea Center | Website
Take part in a responsible day of ocean awareness and smart environmental practices.
Live Oak Music Festival
June 13 - 15 | Live Oak Camp | Website
An eclectic weekend of live music encompassing all genres – folk, blue grass, gospel and more.
Summer Solstice Festival
June 20 - 23 | Alameda Park, Parade is on State Street | Website
A themed festival celebrating the summer solstice with a breath-taking parade and lively festival fun.
Lompoc Valley Flower Festival
June 25 - 29 | Ryon Park, Lompoc | Website
For unique shopping, carnival fun and a lively parade, this 5-day event is a true celebration of life.
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 Celebration
July 4 | Multiple Locations | Website
Say, "Happy Birthday, America!" at any number of goings-on city-wide.
Goleta Fireworks Festival
July 4 | Girsh Park | Website
A family-friendly, alcohol-free festival capped by a fabulous fireworks display. All kids games are free.
Old Fashion 4th of July
July 4 | Goleta Valley Historical Society/Stow House | Website
Classic hometown fun for the whole family: BBQ, live music, hayrides, the old engine and more.
Pacific Pride Festival
July 12 | Leadbetter Beach | Website
A fantastic opportunity for the Santa Barbara community to unite in celebration of each and every member.
Santa Barbara French Festival
July 12 - 13 | Oak Park | Website
France comes to life in Santa Barbara during Bastille Weekend.
California Wine Festival
July 17 - 19 | Chase Palm Park/ Soccer Field | Website
Live music and delicious varietals in the golden California sun.
July 26 - 27 | Oak Park | Website
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smell of traditional Greek culture at this weekend long festival.
Fiesta – Old Spanish Days
July 30 – August 3 | Multiple locations | Website
Celebrate Santa Barbara's rich traditions and physical beauty with the Old Spanish Days Fiesta.
Woodies Car Show
August 16 | Santa Barbara City College | Website
Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, check-out "Woodies at the Beach," a Friday night soirée, and Sunday breakfast.
Taste of the Town
September 7 | Riviera Park | Website
Santa Barbara's premier food event featuring the tastiest offering of top restaurants and wineries.
Lemon Festival & Car Show
September 20 - 21 | Girsh Park | Website
Delicious food, family fun and tons of thrilling entertainment and activities make this a one-of-a-kind Goleta event.
Fall Plant Sale
September 27 - October 31 | Multiple Locations | Website
Delight in the blazing colors and heady scents of the Fall Plant Sale.
September | Natural History Museum | Website
A breath-taking display of works created in the theme of "Parks & Landmarks of Santa Barbara County."
Epicure.sb: A Month to Savor Santa Barbara
October | Multiple Locations | Website
A month-long community wide celebration of all things food and drink.
October 3 – 5 | Carpinteria | Website
Enjoy live music and delicious avocado-centric cuisine. A weekend of "Peace, Love and Guacamole."
Celebration of Harvest
October 11-13 | Columbus Day Weekend | Multiple Locations | Website
Annual celebration of the area's wine bounty
Harbor & Seafood Festival
October 11 | Santa Barbara Harbor | Website
Delight in the freshest seafood selections of Santa Barbara and numerous maritime related demonstrations.
Old Time Fiddlers Convention & Festival
October 12 | Rancho La Patera & Stow House | Website
For the 41st year in a row, the festival has hosted top-notch Old-Time musicians for contests and camaraderie.
Halloween Safe Trick or Treat Downtown
October 31 | Downtown Santa Barbara | Website
All treats and no tricks at this family-friendly Halloween event.
Santa Barbara Open Streets Festival
October | Website
This unique event takes over 2.5 miles of Santa Barbara roadway for a community event with food, vendor booths and activities.
Annual Fall Plant Sale
October - November | Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Growers Nursery | Website
A month-long sale and fundraiser for the SBBG. It's green thumb paradise.
Empty Bowls Lunch
November 2 | Rockwood Women's Club | Website
Help support a great cause and fight to end hunger at the annual Empty Bowls Lunch.
Veterans Day Parade
November 9 | State Street
Stand in recognition and commemoration of the fallen and those who risk their lives each and every day for our freedoms.
Downtown Holiday Parade
December 5 | Downtown Santa Barbara
Join us for a dazzling parade and joyous celebration of holiday cheer.
Santa Barbara Motorcycle Toy Run
December 7 | Multiple Locations
Help make the holidays a little easier for those less fortunate while enjoying a beautiful day-time ride.
Harbor Parade of Lights
December 14 | Santa Barbara Harbor
This lively event starts at Santa's Village on City Pier and culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over the water.