It can be so difficult to choose from the many exciting and relaxing activities offered in Santa Barbara, so forgive us for making the choices a little harder, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about some things going on next week! If you’re going to be in town the second week of August 2016, consider some of these things to do in Santa Barbara, CA; they’re not going to be around for long, so they’ll be extra-special inclusions, especially if you’re a recurring visitor (or hope to become one)!
August 7th: Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2016
If you’ll be here on August 7th, you’ll be just in time for the last day of the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. This annual tradition celebrates the many interwoven cultures—American Indian, Spanish, and Mexican—that predated the arrival of Caucasians in Santa Barbara, as well as the spirit and customs of the American settlers who first made contact with them. On Sunday the 7th, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado will host authentic—yes, homemade—cuisine and entertainment from 11 a.m. until 9 in the evening. Just west of Stearns Wharf you can enjoy the Fiesta Arts and Crafts show from mid-morning until evening. And to really feel cultured in all senses of the word, head over to the free West Coast Symphony concert at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens at 3:30 p.m.
All Week: Sense and Sensibility on Stage
For just a few weeks, the Pacific Conservatory Theater is performing a live reenactment of Jane Austen’s beloved classic, Sense and Sensibility. Not just a love story, the timeless work portrays two sisters looking for love in different ways—one using her head, the other her heart. Tickets for the evening of humor, drama, and romance cost between $44 and $50, with discounts for seniors, students, and children.
August 8th: Famous October
Live at Soho, this indie-folk duo will be performing at 7 p.m. on the 8th. Based in Switzerland, the duo consists of an American woman and a Swiss man who have been performing since 2012. Admission is only $15 per person. They’ll only be in town for one night, so catch them while you can, and get a refreshing break from your typical pop music!
August 13th: Rare & Fine Wine Lifestyle Auction Lunch
While the Central Coast Wine Classic actually lasts from the 10th to the 14th, this anticipated event bears special mention. Held at the Nesbitt Polo Estate, the auction is a must-attend for wine aficionados. The auction preview starts at 10 a.m. and goes until noon. The auctions—some live, and some silent—proceed from 12:30 to 5, enjoyed alongside a fabulous luncheon. Admission to the event is $175. This event is popular, so register early!
All Week: Puja and Piety at the Museum of Art
This exhibit is almost on its way out, so if you’re a fan of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and haven’t been yet—or a fan of South Asian art—make sure to come here before you leave for the week! The exhibition examines and celebrates iconography of the three native South Asian religions in a variety of mediums, including statues, temple hangings, and meditation diagrams. It’s a fascinating look for any amateur anthropologists or those curious in eastern religions.
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