Santa Barbara is a special city, marked by unique architecture, a vibrant community, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous natural scenery around every corner. The wintertime here is cozy and fun and the air is always full of seasonal magic. When you’re planning your visit, make sure to think about the seasonal Santa Barbara events that lie in wait as we head into winter.
Thanksgiving at the Bacara Ballroom Terrace
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
Give thanks while celebrating the holiday in a classy setting. This brunch will offer a traditional Thanksgiving experience, complete with roast turkey, prime ribs, and seasonal side dishes, much of which is locally sourced. You’ll even find a ceviche bar and a dessert hall here! It’s a great stop during the week of Thanksgiving.
French Cuisine and Wine Tasting
November 29th, December 7th
Bon Appetit’s Kitchen
Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime experience during your vacation this year. Up the wine-tasting ante by attending this unique event, which includes the tasting of traditional French food and a culinary workshop. You even have the option to stay and hang out and enjoy happy hour and tea afterward. It’s definitely a cozy way to spend a winter afternoon.
Santa Barbara Christmas Celebration Concert
Friday, November 29th
The Lobero Theatre
Join us in viewing Grammy-nominated songwriter Jim Brickman as he takes us through a musical celebration of the Christmas season at the lovely Lobero Theatre. Music is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit, so grab your tickets now!
2019 Holiday Party
Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar
Join the fun at the lively Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar for the annual holiday party and dinner, happening between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on December 5th. This is one of the best Santa Barbara events and is held by the Santa Barbara Sail & Power Squadron, so boat lovers won’t want to miss it.
Santa Barbara Events: Parade of Lights
Sunday, December 8th
132 Harbor Way
This is one parade you’ll never forget. It’s not just any parade—it’s a boat parade on the water! Along with that, you’ll find holiday activities starting in the early afternoon on the City Pier, and fireworks at the end of the night too. This is the 33rd annual Parade of Lights, and we know it’s an event we’re always going to look forward to each year.
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There’s always something happening in Santa Barbara, whether it’s a musical act or a fun festival or a quirky activity that you won’t see in any other city. Put these upcoming Santa Barbara events on your calendar and get excited about your vacation!
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When: October 24, 2019, 7:00pm
Where: Santa Barbara Bowl
Admission: $40 – $82
Live Dive at the Sea Center
There’s nothing like a dive to get acquainted with the magical world of life underwater. Experience the magic live with the trained divers as they explore the sea life underneath Stearns Wharf and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
When: October 26, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
Halloween Cupcake and Wine Pairing
After watching the Live Dive, head right on over to this fun cupcake and wine event! Enjoy gourmet cupcakes with your wine, from the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars winner Alison Reide. The cupcakes always sell out, so get yours before it’s too late!
When: October 26, 2019, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: DV8 Cellars
Voodoo Lounge Halloween Dance Party
If you want a Halloween and one of the best Santa Barbara events you’ll never forget, come to the Funk Zone Lounge for this voodoo dance party spectacular, including a wild DJ, cash bar, professional photography, and a costume contest. Proceeds benefit a local non-profit.
When: October 31, 2019, 9:00pm – 12:30am
Where: The Funk Zone Lounge
Admission: $30 – $45
Dance Theatre in Harlem
Celebrate 5 decades of dance with the Dance Theatre of Harlem with this unforgettable ballet performance. This event will be an explosion of culture and art, and we all want to be there!
When: November 6, 2019, 8:00pm
Where: Granada Theatre
Admission: $45 – $80 ($19 for attendees 18 and under)
Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival
Experience the inaugural Surf Film Festival, coming this year in mid-November. Stay tuned for more details as this event draws closer!
When: November 8 – 9, 2019
Where: The Arlington Theatre
Admission: $40 – $65 (for 1 or 2-day passes)
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Summer in Santa Barbara is as close to perfect as any season can be. Mild temperatures, perpetually sunny days, and plenty of beaches to spend your days playing on make it the playground of California and the perfect place for you to spend this year’s vacation! In addition to the natural landscape that will take your breath away and an environment that encourages spending as much time outside as you possibly can, Santa Barbara is known for its rich cultural arts programs, exciting nightlife, and for these five things to do in Santa Barbara that you should definitely add to your vacation activity bucket list for this Summer!
Santa Barbara Food & Wine Festival, June 30th
What’s better than a festival celebrating our favorite beverage? A festival celebrating that beverage and the foods that go along with it! The Santa Barbara Food & Wine Festival, held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, celebrates the good taste of over 50 California wineries and teaches us (by example!) the food that pairs best with our wine choices.
Lotus Fest 2018, July 8th from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM
If you are beginning to think that we residents of Santa Barbara enjoy our wine, you would be right! Lotus Fest 2018 is a celebration of the humble grape, this time taking place in one of our town’s most lovely public gardens. Enjoy live music, silky smooth wine, and some of your soon to be new favorite brews along with some tasty hors d’oeuvres. Costing $115 per person, this event is one of the more pricier Santa Barbara summer events happening, but it’s worth it!
The 30th Annual French Festival, July 14th & 15th
Francophiles from all over the world flock to Oak Park in Santa Barbara for this observance of everything French! From crepes to drag queens and ballroom dancing to the Canine Cavalcade, the French Festival offers something for every member of your family. Oh, and there is French wine here as well, of course!
Old Spanish Days, August 1st through 5th
Everyone loves a fiesta, and Santa Barbara’s celebration of old Spanish Days is one of our favorite parties! Featuring dancing, live entertainment, tours of the Santa Barbara Mission and the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and the best Mexican food in the valley, this annual event will help you celebrate the inner Latino that resides in all of us!
Pacific Pride Festival, August 25th Chase Palm Park
It is true: You don’t have to travel to Santa Barbara to view a pride festival. More than likely there is one in your hometown, but you’re going to be here anyway, and we throw one heck of a party, so why not attend? Celebrating diversity is what we do best, and our festival is one of the best in the country, featuring live entertainment, delicious foods, and more than likely some really great wine!
Santa Barbara Summer Events for Everyone!
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There is no time of year in which you cannot enjoy the incredible beauty of Santa Barbara. But around Halloween, the city comes to life with opportunity after opportunity to have an amazing time. The best part is that there is something for everyone here. Whether you are looking to go to amazing parties, do something fun with kids, or anything in between, you will find a Santa Barbara Halloween that you won’t soon forget.
Santa Barbara is a fun-loving town with a strong college presence, so the community takes a good party quite seriously. There is no time when this is truer than during Halloween. You can find great parties throughout the whole city, but you will find the Halloween version of Mardi Gras in Isla Vista. This little section of town is right on the water next to the University of California, Santa Barbara. There are endless places to celebrate that will be filled with some of the most inventive costumes you have ever seen.
Great Family Fun
There are also countless ways to enjoy the holiday with family in Santa Barbara. You can find trick or treating opportunities all over the city, but some of the most unique opportunities are in the Paseo Nuevo district downtown. You cannot find a more energetic trick or treating experience than you can here. Retailers throughout the area hand out candy, and then the party turns into a monster mash themed dance party.
Santa Barbara may not seem like the spookiest place, what with all the beaches and amazing weather, but it has a very long history, and it can feel very haunted. There are plenty of haunted houses throughout the city that will provide a memorable experience. You can find casual haunted houses that are better for families, or truly terrifying ones like the Grimsley Haunt, which is one of the most notorious on California’s Central Coast.
The Weather in Santa Barbara Halloween Season
The weather in Santa Barbara is always perfect. This gives it an immediate advantage over places that offer frigid temperatures during the Halloween season. This gives you the ultimate freedom in picking out your costumes, and it gives you the ability to be outside and spend the night however you want. You could even hit the beach if you want!
As you can see from this very short list, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this Santa Barbara Halloween season. But it does not begin to do justice to the endless array of options you have in Santa Barbara this Halloween. Take a trip here and find your perfect Halloween in Santa Barbara.
There’s nothing quite like welcoming the spring season with a trip to the eclectic and carefree town of Santa Barbara, where the gorgeous climate that pervades the area year-round and the sudden flood of joyful celebrations during this time of year best represents an escape from the coldness of winter and a transition into the happier months of spring and summer.
Enjoy the wonderful weather and all that it brings when you check out the awesome California April events that Santa Barbara has in-store for you during April! Below, we’ve put together just a brief list of some of Santa Barbara’s greatest events; we hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!
The Annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend
On April 7th through April 9th, Santa Barbara will be indulging in its fourth celebration of the city’s food and wine weekend. Hosted at Bacara Resort & Spa with the partnership of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, this three-day event draws in talented culinary professionals from all over the nation, allowing attendees to revel in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Santa Barbara.
Concerts and California April Events at the Santa Barbara Bowl
All throughout April, the famed Santa Barbara Bowl venue will be holding concerts from a number of artists in all sorts of genres. From the gentle songs of experimental rock band Sigur Rós on April 7th to the likes of Radiohead, Two Door Cinema Club, Grouplove, New Order, Steely Dan, and Willie Nelson on the 11th, 14th, 18th, 25th, and 30th respectively, you’ll never run short on live music entertainment at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Santa Barbara Vintners New Release Spring Weekend
Connoisseurs of wine, rejoice: Santa Barbara’s local vintners will be coming forth with their latest and greatest batches of high-quality local wine on April 20th through April 23rd, with events held daily over the course of this four-day festival. Highlights of the festival include the Festival Grand Tasting on the 22nd from 1:00pm until 4:00pm, as well as live music, delicious local food, demonstrations related to wine and cuisine, handmade wares from local artisans, and a silent auction.
Santa Barbara Earth Day
Coinciding with national Earth Day on April 22nd with additional festivities on the 23rd, Santa Barbara Earth Day is a free event dedicated to celebrating and continuing Santa Barbara’s legacy of environmental activism and sustainability efforts. The festivities will take place from 11:00am until 7:00pm on the 22nd and from 11:00am until 6:00pm on the 23rd.
Founding Day Festival
Celebrating Santa Barbara’s establishment at the historic El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, this free event includes a reenactment of Santa Barbara’s original founding ceremony, which was first held in 1782. Family-friendly activities, living history booths, local entertainment, tours, and vendor stands will also be set up in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara and the Presidio grounds. Come enjoy the festival on April 29th, from 12:00pm until 4:00pm.
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Yep, it’s happened again. Somehow, when you weren’t looking, the calendar flipped a few pages forward and now the Santa Barbara holidays are nearly here again! The really wonderful thing, however, is this year you have planned ahead and have already booked your Paradise Retreats vacation home. Christmas is going to be a destination holiday this year, and you are relieved and excited to get out of the normal chores that totally exhaust you, while you sit back, relax, and regain that holiday spirit that has been missing over the last few years. And as your reward, we are compiling this list of holiday activities in the Santa Barbara area that are destined to help put that jolly smile back on your face!
Santa Barbara Holiday Parade
This night time street parade features thousands of twinkle lights, acrobatic dancers, colorful floats, and Santa Claus himself! Occurring downtown on December 2, this popular parade will bring your spirit back quicker than you can say Merry Christmas!
Santa Barbara Parade of Lights
Because you can NEVER have enough parades over the holidays, the Santa Barbara Parade of Lights, held December 11 starting at 5:30, begins at Stearns Wharf and features a Wild West themed holiday celebration: a parade of brightly lit boats dressed in their best holiday finery! Fireworks, snow, treats, and a Christmas village make this party more fun than a barrel of eggnog!
Watching the Nutcracker is a time-honored tradition that can be continued today at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. Built in 1931, history and tradition collide to create a memory making night for your entire family.
La Arcada Christmas Walk
There’s really no way to avoid the last-minute Christmas shopping expedition, but if you time it to happen during the La Arcada Christmas Walk, you may leave the mall feeling merrier than when you arrived! Carolers singing, the smell of hot buttered popcorn wafting through the air, the sounds of happy children and the sight of charmingly decorated stores can’t help but get you excited about the pending arrival of Jolly St. Nick.
The Miracle on East Quinientos Street
There is no better place in Santa Barbara to view Christmas Lights. The owner of this private residence (yes, it’s just one house) puts on a show that shames the rest of the neighborhood and warms the cockles of our hearts! Everywhere you turn, you will find a light display that thrills and awes. Not one square inch of this holiday spectacular is left dark!
If you haven’t planned ahead, there is still time right now to book your luxury Paradise Retreats vacation home and celebrate the Santa Barbara holidays in style. And if not, there’s always next year!
Vacationing over any holiday can be daring proposition. It’s difficult to miss out on the traditional holiday celebrations you have at home, but it’s also possible that you will discover new traditions that are even more exciting and fun than what you have been doing—you never know until you try. And while Halloween isn’t like Christmas or Thanksgiving, your children will let you know if you mess up this spooky celebration; and if you are honest with yourself, you will be a little miffed yourself if you miss out on the chance to score some primo Halloween treats! If you’re planning on being in Santa Barbara Halloween weekend, however, you should have no fears. We excel in spooky celebrations of all kinds!
Trick or Treating
Let’s face it, Halloween is about the candy, and if you’re visiting the area for the first time, you are probably reluctant to let your children trick or treat in neighborhoods where the people are not known to you. Fortunately, there are a couple of options available to you that allow your kids to dress up in costumes and collect their treats safely. On Friday, October 28th, nearby Carpinteria is offering Downtown Safe Trick or Treating from 3:30 to 5:00, and then on Halloween night, Santa Barbara sponsors its own Downtown Trick or Treat from 3:00- 6:00, so let your ghouls and goblins dress up in their scariest costumes and spend the evening filling up their goodie bags safely.
Our second favorite Halloween activity involves scaring the socks off ourselves, and what better way to do that than a tour of a real haunted house? There’s no fake blood made out of ketchup or peeled grapes meant to signify eyeballs in the Santa Barbara Mission. With over 5000 former church members buried behind the church, you never know who you will encounter; but never fear—they are all friendly ghosts!
Adults Only Santa Barbara Halloween Parties
Embrace your inner nerd and dress up as your favorite superhero or villain at Blush Restaurant & Lounge on Halloween Night. $100 gift cards will be given to the best costume in each category, and the drinks and food will be delicious!
Spooky good times are done right in Santa Barbara, and if you are staying in one of our luxurious and elegant Paradise Retreats vacation homes over Santa Barbara Halloween weekend, you are already ahead of the game! It’s never too late to start planning for next year’s activities, however, so book yours today and start planning your costume now!
Santa Barbara has quickly become one of the most visited places in all of California. This is because it offers a little bit of everything, from the excitement of a bustling downtown to the peace and beauty of the outdoors. This September, however, it will be one of the most visited places in California because of all the great events that the city is putting on. Here are some of the Santa Barbara September events that should not be missed!
25th Annual California Lemon Festival
From September 24th to the 25th, the California Lemon Festival will take Santa Barbara over for the 25th time. Apart from the lemons, this event is also a celebration of the amazing culture of Santa Barbara. The festivities are complete with amazing and diverse food options and endless opportunities for activities and entertainment all packed into a family-friendly environment. Additionally, this festival also features the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show; just a couple more reasons to love this year’s lemon festival. You will find all of the festivities in Goleta, just a bit north of downtown Santa Barbara.
Concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl
The Santa Barbara Bowl is one of the best examples of a beautiful open-air concert venue in the whole country. You will find this magnificent work of 1930s art nestled amidst the beauty of the hillsides to the north of Santa Barbara. When you mix the beautiful location with the state of the art amenities and sound and lighting equipment, you have the perfect venue for a variety of shows. This September, you can enjoy many different performances, from the amazing music of Dolly Parton and Gary Clark Jr. to the comedy of Amy Schumer.
30th Annual Santa Barbara Artwalk
On September 24th and 25th, the Santa Barbara Artwalk will take visitors through some of the most amazing art that the city has to offer for the 30th time. The Museum of Natural History will be transformed into an expansive gallery of art stretching from the grandiose interiors of the museum to the elegant grounds. Art will come in all varieties, from paintings to photographs created by artists of all levels of fame and prestige. This event provides the most thorough exploration of the arts that you are likely to find anywhere.
There are events in Santa Barbara this September for all types of people. There is something for everyone, so make sure you get out here to enjoy the end of summer in the best way possible. Contact us today for more information, or click here to learn more about our amazing rentals!
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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