Arts & Culture Itineraries

Santa Barbara’s art & culture can be seen in every aspect of the city. From the Spanish Colonial architecture and red tile roofs that make up its stunning skyline, to the colorful murals, many galleries, multiple theaters and variety of live performances, art and culture is truly around every corner. Add a good dose to your visit by following one of these Santa Barbara art and culture travel itineraries.

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Guide to Nightlife in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, a city renowned for its stunning coastline and Spanish-style architecture, also boasts a vibrant and diverse nightlife that caters to every taste. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxed evening at the theater or a night out exploring local cocktail lounges, bars and nightclubs, each of these venues offer a unique glimpse into the city’s eclectic social scene.

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Historic Hotels in Santa Barbara

Unveil the captivating history of some of Santa Barbara’s most iconic and storied hotels, where the allure of this coastal city has beckoned travelers for generations. In the aftermath of the 1925 earthquake, many of Santa Barbara’s historic hotels were reborn, each with its unique story of resilience and revival.

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The Definitive Guide to Live Music in Santa Barbara

Aside from its natural beauty, world-famous wines and countless landmarks rich with history, the Santa Barbara South Coast also prides itself on being a lively destination for live music—from local artists to internationally recognized stars. Put on your dancing shoes and read on for a roundup of some of the best live music venues in the area.

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Must-Visit Museums & Attractions

Santa Barbara’s distinctive collection of museums and cultural attractions are essential to the fabric of the community. They teach, inspire, entertain and some even transport us back in time. They are uniquely Santa Barbaran and tell stories…

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Around the World in Santa Barbara

With a little creativity and imagination, it is possible to get a travel fix with some international flavor within the borders of the Santa Barbara County lines. To start, Santa Barbara has long been considered “The American Riviera®” given the…

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Educational Experiences

When the family is yearning for an outdoor escape complete with educational offerings, stay and play within the Santa Barbara South Coast, where the opportunity to learn abounds and the sunshine will brighten your spirits. From outdoor museums to…

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Red Tile Walking Tour

There's no denying that Santa Barbara's skyline, peppered with white stucco walls and red-tiled roofs, provides the city with a striking backdrop of style and charm. And while the buildings may look similar to one another, each structure has its own…

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Reading Over Streaming

We challenge you to a digital detox! Rather than picking up your trusted digital device, we encourage you to instead grab a book and give your eyes a well-deserved screen break. Whether you're on vacation in Santa Barbara or spending quality time at…

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A Sublime Day of Culture

Life gravitates outside in Santa Barbara, boasting fresh air and sunshine all year round. If you’re craving a day of culture that’s equal parts inspiring and al fresco, we’ve got you covered. Between our dreamy, perfectly preserved historic…

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Movie Magic in Santa Barbara

Filmmakers have historically been drawn to Santa Barbara’s mild climate and diverse landscapes that could double for faraway lands like Africa and Europe. Hundreds of silent films and westerns were produced locally before the industry relocated and planted permanent roots in Hollywood.  

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Santa Barbara’s Museum Mile

Downtown Santa Barbara is a mecca for arts and culture. The classic Spanish heritage and stunning natural landscape of The American Riviera® has inspired all types of artists. Pair your art walk with fresh, local flavors and enjoy the finer things…

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2023 Guide to SBIFF

2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Experience Santa Barbara’s cinematic side during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), which returns Feb. 8-18, 2023. Oscar contenders and the industry’s best will gather in The…

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10+ Instagram-Worthy Locations

Around every corner and through each paseo, treat your eyes to a visual feast when traveling to Santa Barbara. With sparkling shorelines, Spanish-infused architecture, opulent gardens and sunsets that are worthy of being branded #nofilter, this is a…

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Savor the Historic ARTS District Santa Barbara

If your idea of the perfect night out on the town pairs a transcendent culinary experience with an entertaining and inspiring show, then Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District is the zone for you. Anchored by three premier performing arts venues, the Historic Theatre District is packed with many of Santa Barbara’s top dining destinations and cocktail bars as well as shops, galleries and museums.

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