Calendar of Events

Shout it from the mountaintops to the ocean shores, “summer is officially here!” Make a dream vacation to Santa Barbara a reality.

Can't Miss Events


44th Annual Summer Solstice

The can’t-miss parade, on June 24, treats attendees to exuberantly decorated non-motorized floats, 1,000 imaginatively costumed participants, bands, dance, and drum ensembles as it makes its way up State Street from the waterfront to Alameda Park, where the party continues with more music, food, and arts-and-crafts booths. Not only is Summer Solstice an over-the-top fun-fest, it’s the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing 100,000 spectators.

Official Drink of Santa Barbara

Watch as five contestants battle their mixology skills in a live competition to be crowned winner of the “Official Drink of Santa Barbara”. Held at the historic El Paseo Restaurant, cheer along your favorites and sip to an evening of good fun.

Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival

Held each year under a grove of oak trees, this must-attend, wine-centric festival features tastings from more than 50 premier Central Coast California wineries. To make this event even more delicious, complement your wine with sweet and savory delights from more than 30 of Santa Barbara County’s finest restaurateurs and caterers.

Movies in the Sunken gardens

Bring the family for an evening under the stars at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. Starting July 6th, UCSB Arts and Lectures presents this year’s highly anticipated movie series, Animation Show of Shows. Every Friday, enjoy an evening of free, family-fun entertainment in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara.

Lotusfest 2018

Step into the fantastical world of Ganna Walska Lotusland on July 8, to celebrate the spectacular flower that gives them their namesake, the lotus. Lotusfest 2018 will give visitors time to explore the exquisite gardens, while sampling 20+ of the area’s finest wine & beer.

California Wine Festival

Thousands of wine lovers are set to pour into Santa Barbara’s sun-splashed beachside location for a weekend of sun, sea, wine, food, and music at the California Wine Festival. For three full days, there will be no shortage of fun (or wine) in The American Riviera ®. Join the festivities as locals and visitors alike flock to this festival favorite, offering three unique experiences.

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