Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Although this festival is only held every winter, the organization's Cinema Society (CS) celebrates the art of cinema throughout the year with an expansive schedule of screenings, actor Q&As and special events.
Cinco De Mayo
Held every May 5 in Santa Barbara's Plaza de la Guerra, this rousing festival features great music, dance, savory food, and a kid's corner full of activities.
Summer Solstice Parade
This Parade, which takes place on State Street, is the largest, single-day arts event in Santa Barbara County. The spectacle includes a creative and original display of floats, whimsical costumes and masks.
Fiesta – Old Spanish Days
This annual summer festival educates residents and visitors about the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara.
International Orchid Show
Held in early March, this annual event features hundreds of orchid species from North and South America, the South Pacific and Asia.
A celebration of French food, music and art held over Bastille Day weekend in July.
Held in downtown Carpinteria, this annual October festival features arts and crafts booths, food, live entertainment and a guacamole contest!
Harbor Parade of Lights
A holiday time celebration with decorated boats, fireworks and an appearance by Santa.