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6/30 - Get your tickets now for The Beachside Wine Festival -- July 17 ... Hit the grassy, palm-lined Chase Palm Park to experience the quintessential California wine tasting event at our 10th Annual California Wine Festival grand finale. Indulge in this heady, summertime ‘right of pleasure’ and join the afternoon-long celebration -- Unlimited tasting of fine wine & foods, plus sun, sea and music. Sip hundreds of vintage California wines, sample dozens of hot and cold gourmet appetizers, artisan breads and cheeses, fresh cut fruits, and for a change of taste, sample local and regional craft brews too.
Ticket price includes all wine and food samples and an 18 oz keepsake wine glass.
NOTE OPTIONAL EARLY ENTRANCE!!! -- ONLY 500 available! -- Advance Ticket Price - $94 (Gate Price $...
6/30 - So Many Humpback Whales, So Little Time! ... A trip out to see the blue whales was not to be as seas in the western zone of the Santa Barbara Channel were a bit rough. This zone travels with the prevailing winds to the front side of Santa Cruz Island where the giant blues have been feeding recently. However, nobody was particularly sad about not pounding across to blue-land given the fact that we closely watched 16 humpback whales with at least that many more all around us spouting freely into the breeze. Our side of the Channel had medium chop in the morning and a light breeze. Both of these factors subsided as the day progressed. It was sunny and clear all day.
Our first encounter of the cetacean kind was about 8 miles south of Santa Barbara where our first cluster of 8 h...
6/30 - One day Only! Old Mission Alternative Site Art Festival -- This Saturday (July 4th) ... You are invited to this very popular show which, for many years, was held on the grounds of the Santa Barbara Mission. Featuring local artists, we have fabulous paintings (oil, water colors, pastels, acrylics), photography, glass, pottery, sculptures, unique jewelry, clothing gift items, handbags, hats, dolls, and more. Free admission One day only. Come with friends & enjoy the fine selection of arts & crafts by local artists in a beautiful setting.
Presented by ... Mission Arts Collective
Venue ... Old Mission Alternative Site Art Festival
6/29 - Get you tickets for The Swon Brothers -- July 9 at the Chumash Casino Resort ... Oklahoma country singers The Swon Brothers were the first duo to make it from the Top 12 live shows to the season finale of “The Voice.” Songs like the catchy “Oklahoma Lovin’” and the soulful “This Close to Gone” show off their diverse vocal harmonies and gripping lyrics that have come to resonate with audiences both young and old. Don’t miss them performing live!
Presented by ... Chumash Casino Resort
Venue ... Chumash Casino Resort - Samala Showroom
6/29 - Free Patriotic Concert -- July 4th, 5 PM at the Courthouse ... Don't miss this free Fourth of July concert of inspiring and patriotic American orchestral masterpieces presented by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra at 5pm in the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens. The early performance will allow plenty of time for the audience to enjoy a post-concert dinner downtown and walk to the fireworks show off Santa Barbara Harbor.
The West Coast Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Founder/Conductor Christopher Story VI and Associate Conductor Dr. Michael Shasberger, will present a concert of American favorites including Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man; music from the movie Lincoln by John Williams; Songs of America by Irving Berlin; This Land is Your Land...
6/29 - Bring the family to Old Fashioned Fourth of July -- Rancho La Patera & Stow House ... Join the Goleta Valley Historical Society at Rancho La Patera & Stow House for the annual celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience turn-of-the-century traditions with hayrides, vintage cars and engines, dancing, ongoing on-stage musical entertainment, games and races for kids of all ages, tours of Stow House, BBQ, and much more. Local live music provided by CRV and more. Admission is $6 adults and children admitted free. Bring folding chairs, blankets and spend the day. Please, no dogs . 304 N. Los Carneros,Goleta. For more information call 681-7216 or www.goletahistory.org.
Presented by ... Rancho La Patera & Stow House
Venue ... Rancho La Patera & Stow House
6/27 - Two more films announced for The Wave Film Festival ... THE TOURNAMENT (LE TOURNOI) ..... Written and Directed by: Élodie Namer Cast: Michelangelo Passaniti, Lou de Laâge, Magne-Håvard Brekke, Adam Corbier Runtime: 83 min. ..... In this coming-of-age drama set in the world of chess, Cal Fournier is competing in the Grand International Chess Open in Budapest. At twenty-two, Cal is an old hand at this – he and his coach Viktor have their methods down to a routine. To compete at this level requires fanatical single-mindedness. Not a problem for Cal, who has always lived in his head. In fact, Cal hardly ever leaves the hotels in which the tournaments are staged, and he has the social skills one might expect from such a cloistered life. Even his clothes are tourist merch fro...
6/26 - Get on Board!! July 4th Fireworks Cruise on the Condor Express ... Get on board and enjoy Santa Barbara’s 4th of July fireworks show from the decks of the Condor Express. There’s nothing like the view from the Santa Barbara Channel. It’s the best seat in the house! Cruise includes light appetizers and no host full bar.
Presented by ... Condor Express - SEA Landing
Venue ... Condor Express - SEA Landing
6/25 - JUst announced! S.B Jazz Society presents Phil Norman Tentet -- July 12 at SOhO ... The Santa Barbara Jazz Society is excited to present the Phil Norman Tentet in this rare appearance. What is a tentet? Well, think of hearing the essence of the very best big band, with all the thrills of that remarkable sound, but with a lot less volume. If you like Miles Davis and the Birth of the Cool and the West Coast bands of the '50s and the Dave Pell Octet, this is a band for you! The Tentet will perform selections from Totally Live and Encore CDs. Encore was on Jazzweek’s national airplay for 6 months and was ranked as high as #14.
Exploring new ideas from gifted composers and arrangers like Bob Florence, Allen Broadbent, Kim Richmond, Scott Whitfield, Tom Kubis, the band reads l...
6/25 - Join us for the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ -- Saturday (6/27) ... Spend the afternoon at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival: Make it a romantic experience with your partner, or an outing with friends. Enjoy tastes from over 50 Central Coast Wineries and 35 Food Purveyors as you wander along the banks of Mission Creek, shaded by California Oaks and Redwoods at your own pace. Meet the winemakers and chefs - taste your favorite wines and discover new ones. This is a chance to experience wines and foods that will entice you to check out their wine tasting rooms and restaurants... in fact, after the festival why not go to one of the participating restaurants and enjoy even more! Venue ... Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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