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 | Whale watching info
See majestic gray whales and humpback whales as they make their yearly migration along the Western coast.

Farmer's Market
Tuesdays and Saturdays | Downtown |
Open rain or shine, the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market strives to bring fresh, local agricultural products to the community.

First Thursdays
First Thursday of Every Month | Various Downtown Venues | First Thursday Info
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 | Arts & Crafts Show Info
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.

Lotusland Tours
February 18 through November 14 | Lotusland |
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.

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Santa Barbara

Find Spanish Garden Inn nestled in the heart of Sana Barbara's historic Presidio District and three blocks from State Street 

Explore Santa Barbara
Taste Santa Barbara

From locally caught seafood to mouthwatering ravioli, wood-fired pizza to sizzling steaks, Spanish Garden Inn is surrounded by an eye-opening collection of Santa Barbara restaurants.

Dining Info
Santa Barbara Museums

Santa Barbara is home to some of the West Coast's most acclaimed museums, many of which are within easy walking distance of Spanish Garden Inn.

Museums Info
Acclaimed Santa Barbara Wineries

Spanish Garden Inn is ideally situated in downtown less than five minutes’ walk from more than a dozen Santa Barbara wineries.

Wineries Info


Santa Barbara International Film Festival

January 30 - February 9 | Multiple Locations |

Well known as the preeminent Oscar® film festival.

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International Orchid Show

March 14 - 16 | Earl Warren Showgrounds |

Enjoy beautiful blooms, informative potting demos, and flowers and art for purchase.

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Santa Barbara's 232nd Birthday & Founding Day

April 25 | El Presidio |

An entire community comes together to celebrate this special day in Santa Barbara history.

Earth Day

April 26 - 27 | Alameda Park |

A fun and informative festival promoting sustainability and green-living practices.

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Sea Festival & Annual Nautical Swap Meet

May 3 | Harbor |

Celebrate Santa Barbara's maritime history with crafts, demos, sing-a-longs and so much more.

Jewish Festival

May 3 | Oak Park |

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 14 |

The 8-stage, 15-city cycling competition will once again host a leg in our fair city.

Classic & Hot Rod Car Show

May 18 - 19 | Downtown Santa Barbara |

Check out over 350 hot rods, classic cars and performance vehicles on State Street between Micheltorena and Gutierrez.

I Madonnari

May 23 - 25 | Santa Barbara Mission |

A dramatic Italian street painting festival featuring large pastel works brought to life on the pavement.

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Live Oak Music Festival

June 19 - 21 | Live Oak Camp |

An eclectic weekend of live music encompassing all genres – folk, blue grass, gospel and more.

Summer Solstice Festival

June 19 - 21 | Alameda Park, Parade is on State Street |

A themed festival celebrating the summer solstice with a breathtaking parade and lively festival fun.

Lompoc Valley Flower Festival

June 24 - 28 | Ryon Park, Lompoc |

For unique shopping, carnival fun and a lively parade, this 5-day event is a true celebration of life.

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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 Celebration

July 4 | Multiple Locations |

Say, "Happy Birthday, America!" at any number of goings-on city-wide.

Goleta Fireworks Festival

July 4 | Girsh Park |

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 |

Classic hometown fun for the whole family: BBQ, live music, hayrides, the old engine and more.

Pacific Pride Festival

July 11 | DLG Plaza |

A fantastic opportunity for the Santa Barbara community to unite in celebration of each and every member.

Santa Barbara French Festival

July 18 - 19 | Oak Park |

France comes to life in Santa Barbara during Bastille Weekend.

California Wine Festival

July 16 - 18 | Chase Palm Park/ Soccer Field |

Live music and delicious varietals in the golden California sun.

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Greek Festival

August 1 - 2 | Oak Park |

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smell of traditional Greek culture at this weekend long festival.

Fiesta – Old Spanish Days

August 5 - 9 | Multiple locations |

Celebrate Santa Barbara's rich traditions and physical beauty with the Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

Woodies Car Show

August 14 - 16 | Santa Barbara City College |

Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, check-out "Woodies at the Beach," a Friday night soirée, and Sunday breakfast.

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Taste of the Town

September 13 | Riviera Park | Taste of the Town Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's premier food event featuring the tastiest offerings of top restaurants and wineries.

Lemon Festival & Car Show

September 26 - 27 | Girsh Park |

Delicious food, family fun and tons of thrilling entertainment and activities make this a one-of-a-kind Goleta event.


September | Natural History Museum |

A breathtaking display of works created in the theme of "Parks & Landmarks of Santa Barbara County."

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October A Month to Savor Santa Barbara

October | Multiple Locations |

A month-long community wide celebration of all things food and drink.

Avocado Festival

October 2 – 4 | Carpinteria |

Enjoy live music and delicious avocado-centric cuisine. A weekend of "Peace, Love and Guacamole."

Celebration of Harvest

October 9 - 12 | Columbus Day Weekend | Multiple Locations |

Annual celebration of the area's wine bounty.

Harbor & Seafood Festival

October 17 | Santa Barbara Harbor |

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 |

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 |

All treats and no tricks at this family-friendly Halloween event.

Santa Barbara Open Streets Festival

October 24 |

This unique event takes over 2.5 miles of Santa Barbara roadway for a community event with food, vendor booths and activities.

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Empty Bowls Lunch

November 2 | Rockwood Women's Club |

Help support a great cause and fight to end hunger at the annual Empty Bowls Lunch.

Veterans Day Parade

November 7 | State Street

Stand in recognition and commemoration of the fallen and those who risk their lives each and every day for our freedom.

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Downtown Holiday Parade

December 4 | 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 6 | Santa Barbara Harbor

This lively event starts at Santa's Village on City Pier and culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over the water.

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