Calendar of Events

Don’t let summer slip away without trying these uniquely Santa Barbara events and activities, only available during the month of August.

Can't Miss Events


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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