Next Month in Santa Barbara


Photo Credit: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Kiss your normal routine goodbye and plan an escape to Santa Barbara during the month of May. Say hello to mornings meant for sleeping in, afternoons of adventure seeking, and romantic nights with dinner alfresco. This is the routine you should be repeating.

At Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, treat yourself to the quintessential Santa Barbara experience.  Red-tiled roofs and lush gardens are just the start. The newly renovated resort will give you a taste of the oh-so-stylish Santa Barbara lifestyle, that will make you never want to leave. Not to mention, with its dreamy location within walking distance to the area’s finest restaurants, attractions and tasting rooms, this waterfront property has everything you could ever want in a home-away-from-home. You’ll soon discover why Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort is a jewel of the Central Coast.

On property, soak up the afternoon sun lounging poolside, before dining in at The Set, a bistro-style restaurant complete with classic dishes, craft cocktails, local wine, outdoor fire pits and ocean views. For something more formal, Rodney’s Grill specializes in fresh American fare including all-natural hormone-free beef, fresh seafood, fine spirits and great local wines.

One night in Santa Barbara will simply not be enough. Plan to stay a few extra days and explore a few of our favorite events and activities happening during the month of May:

Roar & Pour wine festival

Wine tasting has never been this wild! For one day only, May 5, make your way to the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo for a “Roar and Pour” like never before. For ages  21 and over, this wild wine event will feature tastings from more than 30 local wineries. Guests will be able to sip and stroll through the zoo to see some of their favorite wildlife, as animals get to stay up late.

Be sure to come hungry, tasty treats from food trucks will be available for an additional cost. General admission includes unlimited wine tastings and one commemorative glass, while VIP admission includes early entry, appetizers, animal encounters and one commemorative glass.

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AMGEN Tour of California

May marks the return of the AMGEN Tour of California. Taking place in Santa Barbara for its sixth consecutive year, some of the world’s top professional cycling teams will compete in a challenging course that includes nearly 700 miles of scenic California highways and roadways. Beginning May 13 in Long Beach and concluding May 19 in Sacramento, the Santa Barbara County stage 2 finish will take place along the iconic Gibraltar Road on May 14, 2018.

Don’t miss this special event, including three of the sport’s greatest: Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Team KATUSHA ALPECIN) and “King of California” Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe), cycling’s first three-time consecutive World Champion, who also holds the California race record for most stage wins (16).

painting in the Vineyard

A setting so serene you won’t believe your eyes. With a glass of wine in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, join Gypsy Studios throughout the month of  May for a stress-free afternoon of channeling your creative spirit and indulging the wine-lover in us all. Focus your artistic energy on painting the nearby pond and sloping hillside of vines. An activity for all skill levels, trained artists will be on site to assist those looking for a step by step demonstration. Sign up before these events sell out! Gypsy Studios will be hosting classes at Roblar Winery (May 6), Hilliard Bruce Vineyard (May 13) and Kalyra Winery (May 17).

Snorkeling Tour at Scorpion Anchorage

Beneath the crystal turquoise waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, lives an under-water ecosystem waiting to be discovered. Swim amongst the kelp forests,  in and out of sea caves, and along the pristine coastlines of Scorpion Anchorage at the Channel Islands National Park with the help of guides and local experts at Channel Islands Adventure Company. Now offering snorkeling tours, kids* and adults can get an up-close look at sea live at the islands with 1-1.5 hour tours. Offered on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of May, Channel Islands Adventure Company will provide all the equipment including mask, fins, wetsuit, hood, and snorkel life vest. All you’ll need to bring is your sense of adventure.

Once you’re done snorkeling, plan to spend additional time on the island hiking and taking in scenic views unlike any other. With the help of Channel Islands Provisioners, order a locally sourced and perfectly packed lunch that can be delivered dockside and including all the fixings for a picnic worthy of a national park.

*Minimum age for snorkeling tours is 6 years old. 


Escape reality as art comes to life during the annual I Madonnari Street Painting Festival, May 26 to 28. Palettes of color and culture come together for three days each spring at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Watch street painters transform Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create over 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images. Don’t miss a detail — stay for the weekend at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Return each day to see works of art come to life right before your eyes.

Featured May Events

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37th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival

Time: Location: Santa Barbara Wine Country

Join us for the 37th Annual Vintners Festival in majestic Santa Barbara Wine Country, where vintners still pour their own wines. Taste from over 70 wineries, savor our best local fare from farmers to foragers, and meet the chefs who make it…

David Sedaris


With his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris is one of America’s most celebrated humor writers. A master of satire beloved for his personal essays and short stories, Santa Barbara’s favorite comedic darling returns…


Santa Barbara Dance Theater


Indy award-winning choreographer and artistic director, Christopher Pilafian brings Santa Barbara Dance Theater back to the Lobero Theatre for a dynamic program of new dances and audience favorites from past seasons. Charged with contrasts,…

Wine Club Pinot Blending & Lobster Feast


Join us for our annual Club-exclusive Pinot Blending & Lobster Feast on Saturday, May 18th! Winemaker Steve Fennell and the cellar team will help you craft your very own custom blend of Pinot Noir, featuring premium barrel samples of fruit from…


I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival


Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. We are proud to be the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister…

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