Calendar of Events

Can't Miss Events

Ultimate Island Adventure

Experience the incredible sea caves and pristine beauty of Channel Islands National Park. Summer is a favorite time on the island for its crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and abundant wildlife sightings from sea lions to island foxes. Each tour offers a unique experience and is led by a expert guide.  Learn More

Summer Solstice Celebration

The 49th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration kicks off the summer season with a vibrant explosion of creative energy. During this three day festival, spectators can expect to see brilliant displays of artwork, costumes, performances, a full musical line, a variety of food and merchant vendors, a beer and wine garden and more. The theme for 2023 is ROOTS! Learn More

Santa Barbara Lavender Festival

This unique arts and crafts festival will celebrate creativity through the artistic expression of lavender and/or lavender themes, featuring works from over 75 local artisans, lavender farms and small business owners. Enjoy a fun-filled day with great food and an abundance of entertainment for the entire family. Learn More

Fourth of July Celebration

Every year, the Santa Barbara Waterfront hosts a slate of festive, fun and family-friendly Fourth of July activities, which includes live music, dance performances and local food vendors. The festivities will be capped off with a bang during an impressive 20-minute fireworks display, launched from West Beach. Learn More

Old Spanish Days Fiesta

During Old Spanish Days Fiesta’s 99th year anniversary, the streets of downtown Santa Barbara will glisten with papel picado (colorful paper flags) and street vendors, while live music, caballo (horses), mercados (markets) and the historic parade take festival-goers back in time. This annual festival is a celebration of the area’s rich history and diversity, with influences from Spanish, Mexican and Native American cultures. Learn More

Summer in Santa Barbara

Summer days in the Santa Barbara South Coast are nothing short of unforgettable. Bike by the beach, sail along the coast, sip local wine—the possibilities are limitless when you’re on Santa Barbara time. When planning your next trip, be sure to cite this list as your ultimate guide to the area’s best events and activities. As we welcome warmer weather, kick off your summer vacation in the beachside bliss of The American Riviera®. Learn More

Additional Experiences

Don't Miss Santa Barbara in
View Next Month's Highlights
Festivals to Plan For
Mark your calendar. In Santa Barbara there’s something to celebrate all year long.
Learn More

Submit Your Event

Have a local event you'd like us to include? Please use our submission form and we will review it. If it's appropriate, you'll see it on our site!
Submit Your Event