May 20 to May 26

Next Week in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is where signature local events, delectable cuisine and an irresistible Mediterranean climate come together to create the ultimate seaside escape. Get ready for an exciting week ahead as you explore all corners of this inviting city. With sun-kissed beaches perfect for relaxation, hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and a charming downtown adorned with historic Spanish architecture, award-winning wine tasting and unique, this upcoming week in Santa Barbara promises a vacation like no other.

Whether you’re planning a last-minute getaway to this slice of California coast, or you’re already here and looking for the city’s top events and new happenings, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to The American Riviera®.

Music on the Water with DJ Gavin Roy

Catch Santa Barbara’s DJ Gavin Roy, as he performs against the backdrop of a stunning sunset and the breathtaking Santa Barbara coastline aboard Double Dolphin. Music on the Water, offered every Friday between starting in late May through Labor Day, offers a diverse selection of tunes perfect for a fun time with friends and family of all ages, all complemented by the soothing sounds of the ocean.

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May 24, enjoy a Memorial Day sip ‘n’ swirl at Kimpton Canary Hotel, featuring Jackson Wines’ sustainable selection, charcuterie and cheese for $25, live music and a stunning sunset view of downtown Santa Barbara. Memorial Day festivities don’t stop there: The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara boasts a lineup of events all weekend long you won’t want to miss, including a petting zoo, dog show, tea ceremony, magic show, pickleball tournament and more.

Also on May 24, blend your own wine with influencer Carmen in the Garden and celebrate her release of ‘My Fruit Trees!’ at Pali Wine Co. in the Funk Zone, where you’ll enjoy a glass with the maker, learn about its vibrant components, partake in a five-pour tasting flight and create your own blend to take home.

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Leap into spring with a bounty of outdoor dining options, rejuvenating hikes through picturesque trails and spend blissful evenings discovering new spots to catch the sunset, where the region’s beauty is most vividly on display. Whale watching is also still in full swing: Catch the grey whale migration right here in the Santa Barbara Channel—recently designated as the second Whale Heritage Area in California!—with these local outfitters.

Acquaint yourself in the sophisticated wine culture of Santa Barbara wine country by exploring the Urban Wine Trail, where each sip of exquisite local vintages is a journey in itself. Venture out to where the magic happens with a wine tour and sip on exquisite local wines while taking in  picturesque vineyard views.


Planning a spur-of-the-moment visit just got sweeter with this incredible third night free deal. When you book two nights at select Santa Barbara properties, the third’s on us. And who wouldn’t want to linger a little longer in The American Riviera®?

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