Reasons to visit Santa Barbara, CA this Spring

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Spring is a great time to plan a vacation so why not slip on your flip-flops and head to Santa Barbara! Get ready to dance at the ocean-side concert in celebration of the Santa Barbara Arts and Craft Show 50th anniversary or get inspired and explore Santa Barbara’s natural beauty during Public Gardens Appreciation Month. Food and wine enthusiasts are in for a treat as Santa Barbara hosts two amazing culinary events in April and sports aficionados can join in to welcome back The Amgen Tour of California. The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining in Santa Barbara this spring, keep reading for more exciting news of this season.

2013 Spring Vintners' Festival at the Mission Santa Ines

The annual Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend, held from April 23th - 26th, is a premier opportunity to attend a diversity of wine maker events. Taste wines from the more than 120 winery members at tasting room open houses, vineyard walks, and more. Also featured at the Vintners Spring Weekend is the Santa Barbara Wine Seminar, a fun and engaging discussion with six wine producers from Santa Barbara County held Saturday morning.

In partnership with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Bacara Resort & Spa presents the 2nd annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend. This event showcases the distinct tastes, sights and sounds of the region while also bringing cutting-edge culinary talent from across the country. Taste, sip and learn about the best and latest in food this April 16th - 19th through panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and more.


From April through October, The Santa Barbara Bowl hosts concerts from major names of the music world every year. With great events in store for 2015, The Santa Barbara Bowl is kicking off this season with Grammy Nominated band Alt-J and special guest band Jungle. Keep an eye out for the rest of this year’s line-up, which has already confirmed pianist Diana Krall, and the lead singer for Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler.


Let local speakers guide you through Santa Barbara’s history and transformation while enjoying a glass of wine. Held at different tasting rooms throughout Santa Barbara, History Happy Hour is a new relaxed opportunity for those who want to learn more about Santa Barbara’s heritage in a fun and immersive setting. Learn while you sip and join the Santa Barbara Historical Museum in their second event of the series on March 5th at Jamie Slone Wines.

Arts & Crafts

Every Sunday, Santa Barbara’s artists present a mile-long collection of locally-crafted pieces under the palm trees along Cabrillo Boulevard. Established in 1965, The Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015! Visit Chase Palm Park on May 16th and 17th and dance to the music of Spencer the Gardener, a local band with a distinctively quirky and genre-bending style, to celebrate 50 years of local talent.


As part of National Public Gardens Day on May 8th, Santa Barbara celebrates Public Gardens Appreciation Month, a local festivity that encourages the community to discover the area’s wealth and diversity of gardens. Throughout the month of May, the public gardens of Santa Barbara invite locals and visitors to explore their extraordinary locations by offering a variety of discounts and special events such as, exhibits, lectures, tours and other activities.


After six successful years of chartering in the Virgin Islands, the Green Flash Luxury Catamaran is now available in Santa Barbara! Owned and operated by locals Captain Arthur and Chef Sherri McNary, it offers the ultimate sailing experience. Embark on an unforgettable adventure and step aboard the Green Flash to enjoy a high-end dinner inspired by local seasonal cuisine that perfectly complements the Santa Barbara ocean breezes.

horseback riding santa barbara

Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Rides offers an unforgettable experience where novice and experienced horseback riders can enjoy the glorious vistas of Santa Barbara’s beachfront. Saddle up and tour the mountain bluffs overlooking the pacific coastline or travel along a secluded and peaceful beach. The sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, combined with the scenery of a majestic sunset, make for the perfect horseback riding experience.

santa barbara zoo

Santa Barbara visitors can’t get enough of baby Buttercup, a newly born Masai giraffe that theSanta Barbara Zoo welcomed during the winter. But, as if that wasn’t enough, a second long-necked arrival is expected this March! Masai giraffes are the tallest land mammal on earth and just over 100 of them exist in North America, which makes Buttercup’s and his soon-to-be playmate’s birth an extraordinary occurrence you don’t want to miss.

Good Lion Santa Barbara

Inspired by an Ernest Hemingway short story, the Good Lion Cocktail Bar has opened next door to The Granada Theatre. Their innovative cocktails crafted with local seasonal ingredients, combined with weekly live music and Spanish style tapas makes the perfect place for a fun get-together. Visit the newest addition to Santa Barbara’s Historic Theater District and enjoy cocktails surrounded by the arts and culture of downtown Santa Barbara.

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