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Itinerary Category: Arts & Culture



7+ Artisan Marketplaces

One of the best ways to support local communities when traveling is to shop small and buy local. You can take that thoughtful act a step further when you buy directly from the local artists, craftspeople, and makers. In Santa Barbara, there are…

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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

Our passports might be collecting dust these days, but with a little creativity and imagination, it is possible to get a travel fix with some international flavor. And you can do so safely within the borders of the Santa Barbara County lines. To…

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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

Movie theaters in Santa Barbara Cinema and Santa Barbara go hand-in-hand. The film industry originally set up in Santa Barbara back in the early 1900’s when Flying A Studios opened on West Mission Street. Filmmakers were drawn to the…

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Guide to Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Old Spanish Days Fiesta draws large and loyal crowds to Santa Barbara year after year, in celebration of Santa Barbara’s heritage and traditions. From August 4-8, the streets of Santa Barbara are bursting with music, dancing, time-honored traditions, authentic cuisine, and so much more.

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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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2022 Guide to SBIFF

2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Experience Santa Barbara’s cinematic side during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), which makes a welcome return with a full slate of in-person events March 2-12, 2022. Oscar…

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Santa Barbara Gift Guide

Holiday shopping in The American Riviera® is easy as pie thanks to the incredible array of independent retailers and quality wares crafted by local artisans.

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5-Day Family Vacation

Looking for family fun? Use this itinerary to plan the perfect five-day family vacation in the city known as The America’s Riviera®.

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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 Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District

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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10 Not So Secret Parks & Gardens

Take the time to spend a day to two in Santa Barbara and stop to smell the roses. From the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to Casa Del Herrero to Lotusland, these are the ten not-so-secret parks and gardens of Santa Barbara.

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Festivals To Plan For

Mark your calendar. In Santa Barbara there’s something to celebrate all year long. From the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January to the Parade of Lights in December, festivals in Santa Barbara don’t disappoint.

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