Photo: MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, Credit: Jason Rick


santa barbara festivalsFor 11 special days in February, the spotlight shines even brighter when the stars come out for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (February 1-11). Over 200+ films, tributes and symposiums fill the two star-studded weeks, bringing the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara.

Highlights for this year’s festival include the 2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year Award (February 3) honoring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, 2017 Maltin Modern Master Award (February 2) recipient Denzel Washington, and the 2017 American Riviera Award (February 9) honoring Santa Barbara resident, Jeff Bridges. With a variety of ticket options available, pick and choose from packages including Platinum Passes, Film Geek Package, and all the way down to the 4 Film MiniPak.

With romance in the air during February, make it a date-night and add a little glitz and glamour of your own. Before heading to the theatre, dinner and drinks make for the best kind of double feature.

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Coastal Concierge has teamed up with Nanco Helicopters to offer helicopter wine tours. Photo Credit: Instagram @sbcoastalconcierge

For all the ladies and gentlemen who have dreamed of going on “The Bachelor” type date, listen up. Coastal Concierge has launched a new wine escapade that includes a private helicopter flight to and from Santa Barbara wine country for a day-date you’ll never forget. A fantasy for all wine and adventure lovers, this date consists of soaring above the Pacific and passing over the Santa Ynez Mountains to then land in the vineyards for an exclusive wine tour and tasting for two. While the date rose isn’t included, a gourmet lunch is. If you want to truly impress your loved one for Valentine’s Day, this would be it.


Be patient no longer, because the wait is almost over! Late February* marks the opening of Santa Barbara’s newest Science Museum, whose doors will soon be open and ready for curious minds of all ages. In one of Santa Barbara’s most anticipated openings, MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, will bring an added level of innovation, imagination and fun to downtown Santa Barbara. Located on lower State Street, MOXI’s not just for kids. That’s right; all ages will be awe-struck with each of the three engaging floors, filled with hands-on exhibits focused on science and technology. As an added bonus, MOXI’s stunning rooftop Sky Garden will give guests a birds-eye view of Stearns Wharf, Cabrillo Boulevard and downtown Santa Barbara.

Continue to spread the month of love until the very last days of February. No need to stop after Valentine’s Day! We’d recommend surprising your special someone with a day-date at Santa Barbara’s newest attraction.  For families, your kids will love you forever for treating them to a day of play at this one-of-a-kind museum.

*For exact opening dates and times, please be sure to check MOXI’s website for the latest updates and information.

Featured February Events

Mike Birbiglia “The New One”


“The tales Birbiglia tells are so personal and honest and relatable – he’s clearly just as amused and confused by life as the rest of us – that to see him perform almost feels like you’re in his living room.”…

Calidore String Quartet

Time: Location: Hahn Hall

“In a scene crowded with excellent young ensembles, the Calidore String Quartet can assert itself with pride.” The New York TimesThe sought-after chamber ensemble Calidore String Quartet is hailed as “remarkable for the precision…

Hidden Figures at the Granada Theatre


On Monday, February 19, the Granada Theatre presents Hidden Figures in collaboration with Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara.This movie focuses on the lives of three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine…

Çudamani “Gamelan and Dance of Bali”

Time: Location: University of California, Santa Barbara

Hailed as Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensemble, Çudamani is known for their exceptional creativity and superb artistry. Comprised of Bali’s most respected musicians and dancers, the ensemble performs as a…

Additional February Offerings

8 Best Hikes in SB

When it comes to combining the mountains and the sea, it’s tough to think of a better place in the country for hiking than Santa Barbara. Scenic views are everywhere and Santa Barbara creates a postcard-perfect backdrop for your next coastal retreat.

20% Off Your Next Stay at Ramada Santa Barbara

Nestled amid lush gardens, a fresh-water lagoon, and colorful koi ponds, stay at the award-winning Ramada Santa Barbara during the month of February. Mention Visit Santa Barbara and you’ll receive 20% off all rooms. To make your stay even better, you’ll receive 2 for 1 admission to the Santa Barbara Zoo and 2 for 1 wine tasting at local tasting rooms around the city*. To redeem, call direct at 800-654-1965.

The SB Bubble Trail

With a nickname like “The American Riviera®” it’s no surprise that Santa Barbara is a place that pairs well with a glass of something sparkling in hand.

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