Hang Gliding Festival on New Year’s day. Festival
starts at 12 noon to sunset to Elings Park. Cliff Drive
-January / February-
International Film Festival. Hollywood’s elite & film
fanatics flock to the coast. Held in various theaters
around the city. Biggest star-studded event.
International Orchid Show. Features over 70 of the
world’s finest growers & thousands of their most-prized plants. Located at Earl Warren Showground's.
www.sborchidshow.com (805) 969-5746
Whale Festival at Stearns Wharf. Biologists &
naturalists expose land-locked sols to the Pacific’s
largest inhabitants. Go to the end of State Street to enjoy music, arts, crafts and food. www.sbwhalefestival.com
Annual Deep Ellum Art Festival. 3 days of FREE
concerts & cutting edge artists. Great Entertainment!
Santa Barbara Kite Festival. Go to City College to
compete in stunt flying & exquisite wind-borne
decorations. www.sbkitefest.com (805) 963-2964
Presidio Days celebrates the original Spanish fort’s
conception in 1782 on Saint Barbara’s birthday, April
21. Festivities culminate when Chumash & Spanish
descendants ring the bells of the Presidio’s tower.
www.sbthp.org (805) 966-9719
Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival. Held on the
third weekend of April, local wineries throughout the
vine-striped Santa Ynez Valley. (Firestone Meadow)
www.sbcountywines.com (805) 688-0881
Earth Day. Held at the Santa Barbara County
Courthouse Sunken Garden
Annual Classic & Hot Rod Show. 400 hot rods and
classics from across America will be on display for only
one day. Live music & great food!
Santa Barbara Fair & Expo brings games, food, carnival
rides, petting zoo and live music to the Earl Warren
Cinco de Mayo, celebrate Mexico’s defeat of French
forces at the town of Puebla, is a multicultural
celebration that spreads throughout. Be ready for music,
food and dancing. www.cincodemayosb.com
Children’s Festival, bring the kids for a festival of their
own to Alamdea Park West. www.fsacares.org
I Madonnari Celebration. Hundreds of chalk
paintings color the Mission Courtyard. Across the street
is an Italian market with authentic foods &
entertainment. www.imadonnarifestival.com(805) 964-4710
Big Dog Parade & Canine Festival to allow our
pooches to put on their best and strut their stuff. Win
lots of prizes. Held at Chase Palm Park.
www.bigdogs.com (805) 963-8727x1398
Lompoc Flower Festival is one of the best flower
shows. Vibrant colors cover the floats but don’t forget to
go to the valley to see the flowers roll over the hills.
Ryan Park, Lompoc
Summer Solstice is one of Santa Barbara’s best
events of the summer. Odd floats and weird looking
people march down State St. to Alameda Park, where
dancing, crafts, food, & much more to keep the party
rock in. www.solsticeparade.com