Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images.
The Zoo comedy show you know and love ... now at the Lobero Theatre! IMPROVology is a live, family-friendly mashup of science and comedy.
The 20th State Street Mile, a unique community event, features a fast, gradual downhill, point-to-point downtown course with something for everyone & every dog who runs, walks or jogs
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning masterpiece RENT returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production—a re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème,
The unforgettable parade, on June 22, treats attendees to exuberantly decorated non-motorized floats, 1,000 imaginatively costumed participants, bands, dancers, and drum ensembles as it makes its way up State Street from the waterfront
The Alexander Project is a dedicated tribute to the powerful music of Hamilton. This gritty hip-hop throw-down breaks through with a hand-picked live band of musicians and vocalists to fully realize Hamilton’s incredible music.
Each week the farmers in the marketplace display a colorful bounty of agricultural products grown right in our backyard. Seasonal diversity is available year-round, rain or shine. Music and entertainment liven the markets while creating a positive ambiance. Come shop and socialize. Various locations around town: http://www.sbfarmersmarket.org/
A handful of fishermen can be found on the City Pier (opposite Brophy's) every Saturday selling crab, rockfish, ling cod, black cod, halibut, urchin, abalone (sustainably farmed), and other catch of the day items - with unbeatable prices
Hours - 6:00 - 11:00 AM every Saturday, year round
1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment from 5-8pm. 1st Thursdayvenues feature attractions such as art openings, live music, artists' receptions, lectures, wine tastings and hands-on activities.
Experience Santa Barbara—its architecture and its past—in a unique and personal way. Join us in a small group walking tour of the downtown area. Led by highly knowledgeable docents of the Architectural Foundation, the tour focuses on architectural styles, significant and historic buildings, aesthetics, past and present building usage, and landscape history. Discover why Santa Barbara is called “The American Riviera,” and why the News Press lauds our educational walkabouts.
We’ll lead you to hidden courtyards, secret fountains and original adobes. Photographic opportunities abound and our leisurely pace invites relaxed enjoyment. View at first hand varying architectural traditions and appreciate up close Santa Barbara’s hallmarks: hand-made tiles, wrought iron detailing, stonework, balconies, doorways, arches and fragrant plantings.
Adjacent City lot parking is available for both tours. The tours are an easy walking stroll. Bring your camera and friends. All are welcome, including children, but please know that the tour is two hours long of walking with lots of detailed information. Children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no strollers.