The band's mission is presenting free concerts for the Greater Santa Barbara community. Since its inception in 1995, it has performed over 100 free concerts and was declared a "Santa Barbara Treasure."
The Folk Orchestra is a LOCAL orchestra of Santa Barbara's best musicians playing a rich amalgam of folk and classical music in exciting, unique arrangements!
On December 9th, join us on Stearns Wharf to kick off the holiday season!
Before the start of the Parade of Lights boat parade, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo will switch on the lights of a beautiful 25-foot Green White Fir on Stearns Wharf to officially open the holiday season for the waterfront.
Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.
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.