Mother Nature tends to show off in November through brilliant autumnal sunsets, but there’s also no shortage of show-stopping entertainment and culinary excellence in Santa Barbara. Discover Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District, anchored by three premier performing arts venues—the Granada Theatre, the Lobero Theatre and Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic. Each week, you can expect a myriad of dance performances, concerts, comedy shows, and much more. Make it a date night and add on drinks or dinner plans. Nearby Victoria Street boasts an inimitable selection of eateries, where you can choose from the likes of Santa Barbara Public Market, bouchon, Scarlett Begonia, Olio e Limone and Sama Sama Kitchen to fill your belly pre-or post-show. The famed area is also packed with unique cocktail bars as well as shops, galleries and museums.
Book Your Stay
With so many shows to see and noteworthy meals to experience, you’ll want an extra night to spend out and on the town. This November, explore the Santa Barbara South Coast at your leisure and choose from 15+ local accommodations offering a 3rd night free when you book a two-night stay. Plan your next escape here.
Music for the Soul
The prestigious Lobero Theatre, a fixture on Canon Perdido Street, is home to many of Santa Barbara’s outstanding performing arts organizations, including State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Sings Like Hell, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Flamenco Arts Festival and others. The venue’s calendar is stacked this November, hosting Nebula Dance Lab Presents: Humanity (November 4), Immediate Family (November 6), David Grisman’s Dawg Trio (November 11), Go to Hale (November 12) and Doublewide Kings play the Allman Brothers Band (November 13). Later in November, catch Paul Thorn & Band (November 18), John Craigie (November 19), Warren Miller (November 23), Whose Live Anyway? (November 24) and Gregory Alan Isakov (November 26-27).
If country music is more your style, the Wild Horses Festival is making its grand debut in Santa Barbara November 6-7. Swing by the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club for a boot-stomping good time, welcome to all ages. The lineup for the two-day festival includes Ryan Bingham, Whitney Morgan, Paul Cathen, Jamestown Revival, Nikki Lane, and Bones Owens, as well as Riddy Arman, Jackson + Sellers and The Silent Comedy
The Grand Granada
One of Santa Barbara’s most recognizable theatres, the towering Granada Theatre is star-studded (literally) and their November performance lineup is chock-full of shows you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets for An Officer and a Gentleman (November 9-10), Royal Fireworks (November 15) and the simply iconic Hairspray (November 30-December 1).
Magic at the Museum
If art installations and museums are more your style, you’ve come to the right place. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is hosting Rosha Yaghmai (October 23-Jan 9), where you will transcend reality and experience her incredible sculpture art. The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is showing Local Treasures every Saturday, and the Closing Reception (November 12) will provide visitors a chance to meet and mingle with highly talented artists. Want more museum experiences? Santa Barbara’s Museum Mile showcases the best our seaside town has to offer, with something for everyone in the family.
Looking for a way to work out and see the coastal sights of Santa Barbara? The Santa Barbara Half Marathon (November 7) is a fantastic opportunity to get your sweat on and explore the area on your own two feet. If marathoning is not quite your speed, check out a wide variety of other Epic Outdoor Activities that Santa Barbara has to offer, including biking, kayaking and paragliding.
Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara
Feasts, seasonal menus and events galore! Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara is no small feat, with local shops offering holiday gift bundles, restaurants curating delicious autumn-inspired menus and “take and bake” items for family gatherings, and amazing holiday performances. Get cooking with special Thanksgiving offerings from local bakeries, and set the table for an incredible spread. If you feel the need to burn off some calories before the big feast, participate in the Thanksgiving 4-Miler and enjoy a nice run through town with Run Santa Barbara. Then relax, and pick up a pumpkin pie to enjoy post-meal.
What’s November in Santa Barbara without sipping and savoring delicious local wine? The harvest season in town is a thrilling and energetic sight to see. Check out all Santa Barbara’s wine scene has to offer on the Urban Wine Trail, where you’ll discover everything from famed tasting rooms to hidden gems, all within walking distance. Whether you prefer Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, or only drink bubbles, you won’t be without a glass in hand or a smile on your face. After you work up an appetite, choose from the numerous Restaurants with Amazing Wine Lists to whet your appetite and feed your soul.