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Local Events

Planning your trip to Santa Barbara? Make time to enjoy the local flavors and culture at one of these area events. 

Santa Barbara Local Events and Festivals 

Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara, California, is a popular destination for visitors to escape and unwind. While in the area, we suggest these local events.  

January  

New Year’s Day Celebrations - Enjoy fireworks over the harbor from many vantage points around the city. Contact our concierge desk for up to the date details, as times and locations may vary.

February  

Santa Barbara International Film Festival - This two week festival features over 200 films from around the world.

A Wine Fantasy In February (SYV) - This four-day wine tasting event is the perfect way to explore everything the wineries in Santa Ynez Valley have to offer.

March

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show & Festival - For over 70 years, this event has featured exhibits of thousands of orchids, workshops, vendors, and other activities.

April

Earth Day Festival - Celebrate Earth Day with a festival filled with music, vendors, lectures, workshops, and more.

Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival - Located at the Old Mission Santa Ines, this four-day event is topped off by the Festival, a wine tasting and silent auction event featuring local wineries, local food tastings, and live music.

May

Bacon & Barrels - This is the festival for bacon and craft barrel beverage lovers. Pay one entrance fee and enjoy all you can eat and drink from local chefs and brewers including wine, whiskey, and scotch.  

I Madonnari – This Italian street painting festival is held at the Old Mission and features over 150 street painters who transform the Mission plaza into a vibrant work of art.

June

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival - Held in Santa Ynez Valley, this festival features local wines, samplings of olive inspired dishes, and live Jazz music.

July

Fourth of July - There are dozens of events celebrating Fourth of July in Santa Barbara, including fireworks, crafts shows, and parades.

Santa Barbara Wine Festival - Sample more than 70 local wines and explore the tastes of dozens of local restaurants and caterers.

August

Old Spanish Days Fiesta (at the Old Mission) - This festival is Santa Barbara’s version of Mardi Gras! Enjoy traditional Spanish dancing, food, and more.

September

Goleta Lemon Festival - Held each September in Goleta, California, this festival is one of the area’s most anticipated events. Enjoy food, crafts, amusement park rides, pie eating contests, and much more.

October

Harbor & Seafood Festival - On the second Saturday of October, seafood and boat lovers enjoy a full day of boats, tasty seafood, live music, and arts and crafts.

Boo at the Zoo - In late October, the Zoo transforms into a family-friendly spooktacular time.

November  

Bead Element and Design Show - View works by over 200 artisan bead workers and take part in exhibitions, workshops, and more.

December

Santa Barbara’s Annual Parade of Lights - This community event starts in Santa’s Village and includes a boat parade, snow, and photos with the jolly old man himself. The evening ends with an impressive fireworks display over the harbor.