It’s spring in Santa Barbara, which means the event and festival scene begins to ramp up as the days get longer and warmer! If you’re cruising through California’s Central Coast, plan your trip to coincide with one, or a few, of these classic Santa Barbara happenings:
The 24th Annual Santa Maria Strawberry Festival: April 29 – May 1, 2012
Nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake and no place produces strawberries quite as sweet as Santa Maria Valley. Head to Santa Maria Fairpark April 29th, 30th and May 1st from 11:00am – 11:00pm for some wholesome family fun, including the biggest, juiciest, freshest strawberries Santa Barbara County has to offer. A variety of culinary delights and cooking demonstrations will complement.
1st Thursday: May 3rd and June 7th, 2012
Join Santa Barbarans for an evening of art and culture, free to the public! Wander galleries and art-related venues to take in the best of the Santa Barbara arts and culture scene. 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
The First Annual Giving Tree Music Festival: May 16 – 19, 2012
There’s never a shortage of great, live music in Santa Barbara. The First Annual Giving Tree Music Festival will feature four full days of live music, 32 bands, three stages, a non-profit expo, guest speakers, exhibits, benefit golf tournament and more. The best part? Proceeds will go to benefit Santa Barbara Youth Education Organizations.
I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival: May 26 – 28, 2012
As if the Old Mission Santa Barbara wasn’t beautiful enough, the I Madonnari Festival turns this iconic Santa Barbara landmark into a sight even more stunning when artists take to the sidewalks surrounding the Mission and transform the cement into a colorful flurry of canvas. The event takes place from 10:00am – 6:00pm daily and is free to the public.
2012 Summer Solstice Parade and Festival: June 22 – 24, 2012
Solstice lights up the streets of downtown Santa Barbara June 22nd, 23rd and 24th, featuring the legendary Solstice Parade on Saturday as well as activities, events, live entertainment and special celebrity guest appearances! Not to be missed.
25th Annual Santa Barbara Wine Festival: June 30, 2012
Swirl, sip and savor wines from Santa Barbra County’s premier wineries. This afternoon event takes place at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Complement your wine tasting with savory delights!
Didn’t find an event or festival that fits your travel plans? Not to worry, Santa Barbara’s summer events schedule is jam-packed, sun-up to sun-down from May through September!