Thursday, December 26, 2019

Santa Barbara Beach Break for Santa

I hope your Holidays were amazing!  Lots of good cheer, family, friends, and festivities.
Santa and Mrs. Clause are seen taking a Santa Barbara Beach break today!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Christmas Lights in Santa Barbara

One of the best streets for Christmas Lights on every home is Veronica Court, just of Las Positas!
Just take a drive-by,  you'll be amazed.

For a complete tour of Santa Barbara's Christmas Lights, take a ride on the Christmas Trolley.

Santa Barbara Christmas Trolley of Lights Tour


Join us for an amazing Trolley Light Tour for 90 minutes around Santa Barbara and see the Holiday lights and decorations! This spectacular light tour is designed to amaze you and your friends with the local Holiday lights! If you are just visiting Santa Barbara or if you’re a local resident the tour will be sure to set you mood for the holiday season! Bring a blanket and enjoy some of our complimentary Hot Cocoa and Candy Canes!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights December 8

Parade of Lights

December 8
As a quintessential coastal town, Santa Barbara can’t let the holiday season pass without cheer, merriment and the Parade of Lights (December 8) along the waterfront. This annual event is by far one of the season’s stand-outs, drawing hundreds of families to watch over 20 brightly decorated boats parade around the Santa Barbara Harbor to the theme of “Deep Space Holidays.” During the festivities, make a visit to Santa’s Village, where kids can play in 10 tons of snow and take photos with Santa. Click here to find out more!


Monday, December 2, 2019

Santa Barbara Christmas/Holiday Parade, December 6 th

Santa Barbara Downtown Holiday Parade   Dec. 6This year's theme is A TROPICAL HOLIDAY. High-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and our amazing, soon to be announced, Grand Marshal! 
Time/Place: 6:30pm / State Street  

Santa Barbara Holiday Market, Dec 6 - Dec 23

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Santa Barbara Downtown First Thursday, November 7th

Sponsored by the Santa Barbara 
Downtown Organization

Galleries & Performing Arts Venues

Partner Events

10 West Gallery
10 West Anapamu Street, 805-770-7711
Contemplation: Conceptual artwork takes a lot of 
thought on the front end. Abstraction is often 
spontaneous, with the artist allowing the process to 
inform the finished piece. Beth Schmohr, Charlie 
Patton, Laurie MacMillan, Mary Dee Thompson, 
Stephen Robeck, Nicki Sucec, Lorraine Lawson, 
and Toni Scott.
Bella Rosa Galleries
1103 State Street, Suite A, 805-966-1707
Local artist Dan LeVin's Lonely Hearts (hand-
cut playing cards) show continues! New 
decks and other playing card art will be 
on display. Bring your own deck and he'll 
cut it for you.
Café Ana
1201 Anacapa Street, 805-888-0262
Local artist Caro Clarke will be showing a 
collection of both pen and ink drawings and 
giclee prints she created over the past year. 
Her work explores themes of self-reflection 
and women within their own spaces. We will 
be offering a selection of bites from Chef Ryan 
Whyte-Buck alongside wine and beer specials 
to enjoy while perusing the art!
Celadon House
1224 State Street, 805-899-4676
Showcasing photography by Audrey 
Wilson 'Wild Luxuries.' Wilson’s passion 
for photography seamlessly intertwines 
with her love for the outdoors. From 
cityscapes, snow-capped mountains, 
to golden sunset waves, her 
photographs capture moments 
that celebrate the essence of life. 
This pop-up exhibit fully embraces 
the California lifestyle that Celadon 
House celebrates in its design. 
Channing Peake Gallery
105 East Anapamu Street, 1st Floor
Join us for the opening reception 
for Wit and Whimsy: Selections 
from the Collection of Michael 
and Nancy Gifford, a new exhibition 
showcasing a variety of iconic 
contemporary works in mixed 
media by local artists.
Christ Presbyterian Church
36 East Victoria Street, 805-957-4200
Come enjoy Orange County artist, 
Anne Moore’s installation, “Art Under 
Pressure, finding beauty, and mystery 
through printmaking”. Also featuring 
The Riverside, a local band offering 
a unique combination of vocal 
harmonies and folk-rooted 
stringed instruments. Wine, Enjoy 
Cupcakes, and hors d’oeuvres provided.
Colette Cosentino Atelier + Gallery
11 West Anapamu Street, 805-570-9863
Join us for a SAMPLE SALE and 
SALE!!! $100 cash sale, $20 cash 
for the open edition paper prints! 
An array of new and older work will 
be on view and available for purchase! 
Doors open at 5:00 pm sharp so be 
sure to get there early for the 
best selection!!!  
Councilmember Kristen Sneddon
City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, 6:00-7:00 pm
Councilmember Kristen Sneddon 
will host a reception in her office 
(City Hall, 2nd Floor) celebrating a 
new exhibition by artists from 
Santa Barbara Art Works.
Mayor Cathy Murillo
City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street, 6:00-7:00 pm
Mayor Cathy Murillo will host a 
reception in her office (City Hall, 
2nd Floor) with artwork from the 
Santa Barbara Abstract Art Collective.
Distinctive Framing N' Art
1333 State Street, 805-882-2108
San Francisco, Yosemite, The 
Cascades and Santa Barbara. 
New plein air travel paintings 
and some local views by Chris Potter. 
Early California Antiques
1331 State Street, 805-837-8735
Over 20 works never seen before 
by Conrad Buff. Born in Speicher, 
Switzerland, Buff moved to Los 
Angeles in 1906. Buff did a 
number of large scale murals for 
banks, schools, and libraries, 
and with well-known California artist, 
Edgar Payne, painted a 1000-foot 
mural for a Chicago hotel. 
Conrad Buff from the vaults, 1886-1975.
folio press & paperie
301 Motor Way, near State & Gutierrez, 
facing City Parking Lot 12
An exhibition of large canvas oil paintings 
by local artist Kimberly Edman. Edman 
rejoices in the celebration of life and 
includes tables and objects set up on a 
canvas that evoke a timeless space filled 
with familiar shapes and unexpected 
placements. folio features an extensive 
line of letterpress cards and art pieces 
designed and printed in-house, as well 
as providing custom graphic design and 
printing. Complimentary wine, sparkling 
water, and appetizers.
Gallery 113
1114 State Street, La Arcada Court #8, 805-965-6611
Members of the Santa Barbara Art 
Association exhibit here. The Artist 
of the Month is Vandana Khare. 
Featured artists are Wilbert Lick, 
Elizabeth Flanagan, Michael Marzolla, 
Elizabeth Weems, Seraphine, and Sue 
Slater. Many other members of the 
SBAA are exhibiting here this month 
including jewelry makers and sculptors.
Grassini Family Vineyards
24 El Paseo, 805-897-3366
Pop-up art show featuring pieces by 
the talented artists of the SlingShot 
Gallery, a local studio that offers the 
space and tools for artists with 
intellectual disabilities to create and 
sell art. Enjoy discounted glasses 
of Grassini wine while admiring a 
fantastic assortment of original artwork!
Jamie Slone Wines
23 East De la Guerra Street, 805-560-6555
Taking a year between City College and 
UCSB, local photographer Kiel Rucker 
backpacked through Western Europe, 
bringing along his camera. He discovered 
photography to be a powerful vehicle 
for conveying us back into singular, 
silent and unqualified moments; 
within these fleeting, curious and 
beautiful moments with people and 
in nature, he finds a fascination 
with life and a love for photography.
Jewish Federation's Art at the JCC
524 Chapala Street, 805-957-1115
EXPOSED III: a Mixed Photographic, 
Artistic Journey. Curated by Lynn M. Holley, 
and featuring guest juror Christopher 
Broughton. Enjoy exquisite photography, 
live music, and refreshments. 
(Image by Erick Madrid)

Monday, November 4, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Free Mesa Artists Studio Tour, Novemmber 2 and 3

16th Annual Mesa Artists Studio Tour 
this weekend, FREE!  Open to the Public.

For more than a dozen years, the members of the Mesa Artists Studio Tour (MAST) have been opening their studios for the public to visit them in their working environment. To find the studios download the map or tour brochure on our website or follow the yard signs and red balloons on tour days. The event is FREE

(information from Mesa Artists Website)

Painting by Bill Hull, Plein Air Artist
one of 13 participating artists


Annual Barber Shop Harmony Show, November 2nd

Annual Barbershop Harmony Show

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 14:00

Two great hours of vocal harmony with the exciting all-male Pacific Sound men's chorus, joined by the equally exciting 25-voice Carpe Diem women's chorus. As if that were not enough, the Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Choir is likely to steal the show. All vocal a instruments other than the human voice.
Special guest is Storm Front, a world-champion barbershop quartet with a flair for comedy who has been entertaining audiences around the world for the past 10 years. You'll be very happy you came to this show.
One show only, November 2nd at 2 PM at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. A huge finale is featured with all the singing groups together on stage.
Tickets: $25 with discounts for seniors and students

Information from Ed Hat

Santa Barbara Opera presents Madame Butterfly

Opera SB Presents: Madama Butterfly title=



Performed at the Granada Theatre

As sad as it is beautiful, Puccini’s shimmering classic has been captivating audiences for over a century. Set on the hills above the Nagasaki harbor in Imperial Japan, Madama Butterfly is a window to a world of opposing cultures and values. Caught in the middle is Cio-Cio san (Japanese for “butterfly”), the doomed heart of the story. The delicate and naive girl believes in love and in her morally dubious American husband. As she stands vigil for years waiting for his return, we join her in this lush and lyrical production that takes us through the thrill and anguish of love.
Kostis Protopapas conducts. Octavio Cardenas, last with OSB for 2016’s Carmen, will direct. Eleni Calenos (Mimi/La Bohème, ‘18) and Harold Meers (Le Chevalier des Grieux/Manon, ‘17 and Don José/Carmen, ‘16) return as the doomed geisha and sailor.
Click here for tickets

(information from EdHat)

Friday, October 25, 2019

Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara

The Ronald Reagan Ranch Center

Exhibits Galleries

Welcome to the Western White House of 40th President, Ronald Reagan, who also served as a two-term Governor of the State of California. Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the state-of-the-art Reagan Ranch Center houses our breakthrough student conferences, lectures, and events, as well as extensive exhibit galleries featuring the history of the Ranch and the role it played in Ronald Reagan’s life. This "Schoolhouse for Reaganism" is open to the public Monday - Thursday, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

One of President Reagan's favorite places on earth was Rancho del Cielo, his Ranch of the Heavens, located right here in Santa Barbara County.

The Reagan Ranch Center houses many artifacts, galleries and interactive, multimedia exhibits.
The Reagan Ranch Center is located at 217 State Street, Santa Barbara, next to the Santa Barbara Railroad Station.  

It is truly a walk through history and a review of many of President Reagan's historical and inspirational speeches.

Admission is FREE.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Pianos on State Street, Santa Barbara

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Boo at the Santa Barbara Zoo October 18, 19, 20

Boo at the Zoo 2019

October 18, 5:30–8:30 PM
October 19, 4:30–8:30 PM
October 20, 4:30–7:30 PM
TicketsAdults $20/$18 (SB Zoo Members)
Children (2-12) $14/$12 (SB Zoo Members)
Ticket includes event entry, trick-or-treating, Zoo Train ride, mad science experiments, scare zone, animal scooter ride, dance party, creepy-crawly animal encounters, performances, bounce houses, and rock wall climbing.
Parking is $11/vehicle, free for SB Zoo Members. Not a Member? Become one today!

Boo at the Zoo 2019

October 18, 5:30–8:30 PM
October 19, 4:30–8:30 PM
October 20, 4:30–7:30 PM
TicketsAdults $20/$18 (SB Zoo Members)
Children (2-12) $14/$12 (SB Zoo Members)
Ticket includes event entry, trick-or-treating, Zoo Train ride, mad science experiments, scare zone, animal scooter ride, dance party, creepy-crawly animal encounters, performances, bounce houses, and rock wall climbing.

Parking is $11/vehicle, free for SB Zoo Members. Not a Member? Become one today!

Boo at the Zoo’s Festive Fun Includes:

  • Hay Bale Maze
    Little ones have fun making their way through the maze.
  • Conservation-themed ActivitiesJoin us for mad science experiments explore the world’s oceans from afar.
  • Costumed CharactersMore than 75 characters roam the Zoo, creating a scary number of memorable photo opportunities.
  • Creepy Crawly Animal EncountersMillipedes, super worms, and other creatures of the night would just love to meet you.
  • Dance PartyMonsters and princesses mix it up side by side on the dance floor.
  • Boo Choo Choo train ride 
    Make tracks for the Halloween-themed train ride on the Zoo’s C.P. Huntington miniature train.
  • Scare ZoneFor those who like a little more “howl” in Halloween. Recommended for ages 10+.
  • Zookeeper TalksLearn more about the Zoo’s animals from those who know them best.
  • Costume ParadeJoin in and show off your costume as the Boo Crew parades through the Zoo at the end of the evening.