Photo Credit: Rob Stark, Courtesy of Tyger Tyger

Welcome the dawn of a new year with a landscape of unbeatable adventures. January in Santa Barbara presents visitors with the opportunity to ditch the chill of winter and instead, embrace a season that’s filled with sun-soaked days, afternoons of epic excursions, and nights that glitter with the glamour of Hollywood.

For the perfect post-holiday escape, let Santa Barbara entice you with over 20 pre-planned hotel packages that are sure to ignite FOMO (fear of missing out) among your friends and family. How does a VIP lounge and picnic for two at Butterfly Beach sound? Or perhaps a fireside feast under the stars? Now through January 31, 2019, you’ll have a your choice of epic excursions in The American Riviera®. Learn More

In the spirit of welcoming 2019 with a calendar of new sights and delights, we encourage you to see and taste your way through some of Santa Barbara’s newest culinary hot-spots. Smack dab in the heart of the Funk Zone, Tyger Tyger brings coastal Southeast Asian cuisine to Santa Barbara in extraordinary fashion, featuring savory street foods that originated in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. But that’s not all. Located in the same shared space lies Monkeyshine soft serve ice cream, featuring flavors like toasted rice, black sesame, Thai spiced chocolate and ginger. Dart Coffee Co. rounds out this special trio of businesses, serving up fresh coffee, pastries, and more for a day well spent in the Funk Zone.

Donuts, empanadas and craft beer, oh my! Head over to Mosaic Locale for a culinary explosion. Photo Credit: Instagram via @hookandpressdonuts

Let the smell of freshly baked artisan donuts and traditional Argentinian empanadas lead you along State Street and straight to Mosaic Locale, where Hook & Press Donuts, Buena Onda and Draughtsmen Aleworks have teamed up together to bring you one of downtown Santa Barbara’s tastiest corners. Here, collaboration is key and you won’t be able to leave without trying one (or all!) of these artisanally crafted sips and savors.

Noteworthy and not-to-be-missed during January is the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which kicks off in a glittery splendor, January 30, 2019. For eleven days, the bright lights of Hollywood shine on Santa Barbara, bringing A-list actors, producers, directors and filmmakers to honor the best in cinema. You too can rub elbows with Hollywood’s bets during the Opening Night Film and Gala Celebration on January 30, 2019 at 8 pm. For a full guide to the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, click here.

Featured January Events

Photography: Past, Present & Future Panel Discussion

Time: Location: Glenn Dallas Gallery

In the past having a camera was a luxury. Cell phone cameras are now abundant, readily available and utilized by both amateur and professional photographers. What's in store for the future? Join us on January 3rd for a panel discussion evaluating…

Live Music at Carr Winery with OutOfTheBlue

Time: Location: Carr Winery

Swing by play a game of shuffle board, sip some wine and enjoy some rock n' roll with OutOfTheBlue from 6-8 Friday evening! Carr Winery, 414 N. Salsipuedes Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103Free admission, 21+"Hailing from Santa Barbara, OutofTheBlue…

Bill Frisell at the Lobero


Hailed as “the most innovative and influential guitarist of the past 25 years” (Wall Street Journal), Bill Frisell has seen collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bono, Paul Simon, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the…

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo


Dancing the fine line between high art and high camp, the internationally-beloved Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has delighted audiences around the world for four decades. With brilliant pointe work and vibrant drag costumes, this all-male…

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