In February, Santa Barbara begins to warm up, bringing the bright tidings of spring on the horizon. With more days of sunshine, comfortably cool afternoons and longer daylight hours, it’s the perfect month to explore our coastal city. What’s cooking in Santa Barbara during February? A whole lot including hotel and restaurant deals, award-winning performances and more. Enjoy a pint or a glass of local pinot noir with that special someone before dinner during the third annual Santa Barbara Restaurant Week (February 21 to March 6) or take in a show in Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District. Read on for the top reasons to visit Santa Barbara during the month of February.


Santa Barbara’s historic theaters and venues are set to host not-to-be-missed performances throughout the month of February. Spend an evening at the Lobero Theatre with “A Tribute to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley” (Feb. 1) and singer-songwriter Colin Hay (Feb. 27). The Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Award-winning musical “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” (Feb. 5 and Feb. 6) will feature over two dozen pop classics at the Granada Theatre and Postmodern Jukebox (Feb. 7) will entertain with reimagined contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears. Ensemble Theatre Company offers performances all month long of Jane Austen’s “Emma” (Feb. 6 to 23) at The New Vic. Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District is within walking distance of many restaurants, bars and shopping, making it easy to fill the day with enjoyable activities both before and after showings.


Tucked away near the coastal foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara is a top-rated budget-friendly hotel with a warm and inviting atmosphere. A perfect location for your February getaway on The American Riviera®, the hotel is set between Goleta and Santa Barbara, a short distance from the Santa Barbara Airport and mere miles away from downtown shops, restaurants and attractions including a nearby championship golf course and hiking trails. 

Looking for relaxation? Stay in tastefully-appointed guest rooms and suites featuring plush bedding for a restful night’s sleep. Wander the pathways of Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara leading to tropical gardens and koi-filled lagoons or take a dip in the hotels outdoor heated swimming pool. Venture out to experience and explore the area with a Ramada Santa Barbara Value Pass with savings on dining, wine tasting, whale watching and more. Learn more.


Santa Barbara’s culinary scene is flourishing with notable restaurants both new and classic. For two weeks, foodies can partake in Santa Barbara Restaurant Week (February 21 to March 6) with dozens of area restaurants offering special three-course prix fixe dinner options for $25, $35 and $45. Local tasting rooms will also offer special wine and beer tasting experiences. Santa Barbara Restaurant Week boasts an array of delectable and affordable offerings, whether Italian or Thai suit your palate, or craving a crisp salad and fresh crab straight from the ocean. Bring friends and family to enjoy the lively food scene that makes Santa Barbara proud. Learn More

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