Things To Do In Santa Barbara Summer 2019

Things to do in Santa Barbara 2019

Summer 2019 is here! If you’re lucky enough to be visiting or living in the sunny coastal city, you may be looking for some fun things to do in Santa Barbara. Here’s a helpful list focusing on 21+ events (beer, wine, live music) to get you started.

July 16, 2019
Music At The Ranch Area 51
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Rancho La Patera & Stow House

Join Rancho La Patera for music at their ranch! Dance under their beautiful trees! Food Trucks! Enjoy some beer and wine.

Note: Dogs/Pets not allows. Outside alcohol is not allowed. Smoking and vaping prohibited. Chairs can be set after 12:00 on the day of the concert. Spaces can’t be otherwise held.

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July 16, 2019
Howl at Djinn
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Hotel Californian

Drink craft cocktails from star mixologist, Devon Espinosa. Take a Tarot card reading – see your future – vibe to down tempo music by Val-Mar Records. Set with the sun and rise with the moon.

Howl at Djin

Ongoing, Daily
Super Affordable Wine Tour Adventures
Time: Flexible
Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez

Looking for Things To Do In Santa Barbara Wine Country?

Local tour purveyors Destination Drivers are available for scheduled adventures into wine country, picking up in Santa Barbara and beyond. Wine tasting is one of the most fun things to do in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley – a must-do experience.

Destination Drivers provides you a guide who drives your vehicle for you! Relax with friends/family/loved ones in the beautifully scenic Santa Ynez Valley.  Taste your way through the rolling hills, and get home safely at the end of the day. Book now>>

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Destination Drivers Guests at Lafond Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley

July 18,  2019
Sipping on the Sea with Captain Fatty’s
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Drink local beers or wines aboard the Double Dolphin while experiencing a classic Santa Barbara Sunset. This event occurs on the third Thursdays of every month. A rep from the brewery or winery will be aboard as your pouring attendant and educational provider.

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July 20,  2019
California Wine Festival
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Chase Palm Park Carousel House, Santa Barbara

The California Wine Festival signature event. Wine lovers descend into the sun-splashed Santa Barbara locale for a wonderful day of wine, food, music, sun, and sea. 

Oenophiles will taste dilectable fine wine, craft beers and a plethora of fine foods to enjoy. Taste artisan cheese, bread, olive oils, chocolate and more! Live music keeps the pulse going strong for this all-day extravaganza for the senses.  Food and wine will reign supreme!

Coming from out of town? Book safe transportation to/from the event here.

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July 20,  2019
Rockin’ Our Roots Concerts in the Vines
Time: 1:30pm – 6:30pm
Buttonwood Farm Winery

Come rock out with a summer music event at Buttonwood Farm Winery. Relax and experience an afternoon of rockin’ music in a vineyard setting. Bring lawn chairs and dancing shoes while you sip estate wine and feel the groove and the grapes.

Music provided by Molly Ringwald Project and the Reserve. Dancing is encouraged.

Tickets include a logo GoVino glass, two generous wine pours, and your concert admission. Portions of each ticket sale benefit Explore Ecology and programming for environmental education and arts. Supporting our School Gardens program.

Wine will be available for purchase by the bottle. (No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted).

Gates open at 1:30. The first band begins at 2:00 pm.

Buttonwood Celebrates Summer in the Vines – Rockin’ Our Roots!

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Ongoing, Daily
Group Wine Tours
Time: Flexible
Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez

Adventure into wine country with a group of friends (or just your sweet-heart). Collect delicious wines, join wine clubs, or just casually taste and relax in the sun between the vines. When looking for things to do in Santa Barbara, look to getting a Destination Driver for an affordable and fun wine adventure. Only $35 hour for most groups! Book Now>>

July 24,  2019
History Happy Hour – Fiesta History 101
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Room

Meet historian Erin Graffy at Grassini Vineyards El Paseo Tasting Room for History Happy Hour. Learning and discussion on the history of Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Entry is free. No host wines.

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July 24,  2019
Mix and Mingle at The Set
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Meet us at The Set on National Tequila Day! Enjoy $10 margaritas (“Name Your Flavor”) with your choice of varied mixers and berries.

Santa Barbara Mix and mingle

July 27,  2019
The Raconteurs
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Santa Barbara Bowl

The Raconteurs return with their first release of new music in over 10 years. Bring your crew and welcome The Raconteurs back to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday July 27th, 2019.

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Coming from a distance and need a safe way to-and-from events like these? When Lyft/Uber is too far to be practical, consider hiring a driver for your own vehicle. Always be safe! No DUIs. No Accidents.

July 27,  2019
Harvest Hoedown
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Zaca Mesa Winery

Come one, come all! Dust off your boots and meet us at a country shindig. On July 27, Zaca Mesa is kicking off harvest season with a bang! Featuring a  full BBQ dinner, live music by the Just Dave Country Band, and of course, Zaca Mesa Wines. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tickets and more info>>

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July 28,  2019
Drink 728
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
SoHo Restaurant and Music Club

This Summer on Sunday, July 28th, we’re taking our 728 celebration to the road. Meet us at SOHO, the premier live music venue in downtown Santa Barbara. Eating, drinking, and merrymaking in the name of famed Fiddlestix Vineyard, found in the center of Sta. Rita Hills, at the 7.28 mile marker.

We’ll be pouring verticals + horizontals of Fiddlestix Vineyard’s Pinot Noir. It is all about the place! Entertainment provided by The Brambles as you sip and savor majestic bottle-aged Pinot. These Pinot Noir wines shine from vine-age, years of wine making experience and a most glorious region for growing world-renowned and highly revered Pinot Noir.

Tickets and more info>>

August 11,  2019
Rum Raiser
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

A celebration of SBMM’s Rum Running, Sailors & Prohibition exhibit, the Maritime Museum is thrilled to produce a special “Rum-Raiser” Sunday, August 11th, 2019. This Rum-Raiser features rum drinks and rum tastings by Black Bart Navy Rum, Real McCoy Rum, and Goleta Red Distilling Company at SBMM’s scenic harborfront patio. Food tastings feature Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, Spices N Rice and others. Wine and beer will be available.

Rum Running, Sailors & Prohibition, running through October 20th, 2019, tells the story of rum, its part in the storied history of sea-faring men and its connection to Santa Barbara.  Covering 400+ years, this exhibit highlights the New World’s first distilled spirit, from its 17th century  origins on Caribbean sugar cane plantations to its role in the slave trade including:

  • Stories of American and British sailors;
  • Prohibition bootlegging / rum running- organized smuggling of imported liquors over land and sea in the United States
  • The speakeasy, and the story of pioneer rum runner “Bill McCoy” and Real McCoy Rum.
  • The history of prohibition in Santa Barbara, including Dr. Sansum’s arrest

August 15,  2019
Sipping on the Sea with Topa Topa Brewery
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Hop aboard the Double Dolphin every third Thursday of the month to enjoy local beer or wine from a featured brewery or winery. Enjoy a classic Santa Barbara sunset with a winery or brewery representative, pouring your tastings and offering education about their selection.

This month Topa Topa Brewery is aboard.

Included: Tasting + a reusable Santa Barbara Sailing Center Govino cup

Reservations required. A 21+event.
20-30 minutes early arrival is required for your cruise.

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August 15,  2019
Drinks at Dusk
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Old Mission Santa Barbara

Meet Franciscan Friars, staff and volunteers from Old Mission Santa Barbara in an evening of wine, beer, and appetizers with live music in the famed Sacred Garden! Proceeds will benefit the Mission Preservation Fund for their preservation and conservation of arts, artifacts, architecture, and the Historic Cemetery.

Tickets cost $35 each or 10 for $300, and are can be found at

Limited quantities of Sponsor and VIP tables are available by calling (805)682-4713, ext. 156.

Sponsor Table: $500 (Reserved table for 10ppl including gift bags and two bottles of Mission wine)

VIP Table: $1000 (All the above, PLUS pre-event reception in the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library with tour led by the Executive Director)

August 20,  2019
Music At The Ranch – Amber and Smoke
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Rancho La Patera and Stow House

Come join us for soulful live music at the ranch! Dance through the night under our beautiful trees! Food Truck, wine, and beer!

Note: No dogs/pets allowed. No outside alcohol. No smoking or vaping on property. Chairs may not be set out until noon on concert day.  No space reservations.

August 22,  2019
Make Night at MOXI – Wine Painting and Tasting
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

With a couple splashes of red wine and paint brushes, you’ll create a unique painting of Santa Barbara’s most popular landmark, the Santa Barbara Mission, with local artist Danielle Renée Methmann. In this workshop, participants will learn Danielle’s techniques for painting with wine, enjoy tasting a curated flight of red wine from local vintners, Sanford Winery, and follow along step-by-step to create a monochromatic painting with an aged bottle of the same label.

Participants will receive a 8”x10” sheet of watercolor paper with a hand-drawn templated design of the Santa Barbara Mission in waterproof ink. An additional small sheet of scratch watercolor paper for the testing of techniques and colors will also be provided. Admission $77

Prior experience is not required. Materials + tool rental included in registration cost. Aprons will be available, though we recommend wearing something you wouldn’t mind getting wine on.  Includes a light snack. A 21+ event.

August 30,  2019
DJ Darla Bea at the Canary Hotel
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Canary Hotel

DJ Darla Bea is back at the Canary Hotel rooftop for a new season of monthly musical events. Enjoy cocktails, sunset selfies & dancing with the best views of the city!

21+ event

August 31,  2019
Live Music by Different Strings
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Zaca Mesa Winery

This Labor Day weekend, unwind with loved ones enjoying live music featuring Different Strings. Outside food is permitted. Relax in our courtyard with a glass of wine.

September 1,  2019
Live Music by Sean Wiggins
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Zaca Mesa Winery

Continuing Labor Day weekend with live music by Sean Wiggins. Outside food is permitted. Relax in our courtyard with a glass of wine.

September 5,  2019
Josh Groban
Time: 8:00pm
Santa Barbara Bowl

GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter/actor Josh Groban possesses one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music. Groban has delighted fans across the planet with multi-platinum albums and DVDs, riveting live performances, not to mention comedic television and film appearances. The Santa Barbara Bowl is proud to welcome back Josh Groban to on September 5th, 2019.

September 13,  2019
5th Annual Granada Theatre Legends Gala
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
The Granada Theatre

The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts hosts the 5th Annual Legends Gala on Friday, September 13th at the historic Granada Theatre.

This signature gala is one of Santa Barbara’s most impressive productions, featuring inspiring honorees, extraordinary talents, and dedicated art patrons all under one roof in support of Santa Barbara’s cultural community.

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The Legends Gala honors the achievements of individuals or organizations who have illuminated and advanced the performing arts in a significant way. This elegant black-tie event is set at the beautiful Granada Theatre, where guests enjoy an on-stage experience including gourmet dinner, an award ceremony and a night of sparkling entertainment.

All proceeds from the Legends Gala help to ensure that this state-of-the-art venue continues to actively engage the community through diverse live performance and filmed entertainment programming.

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September 17,  2019
Maggie Rogers Live in Concert
Time: 7:30pm
Santa Barbara Bowl

Santa Barbara Bowl welcomes Maggie Rogers, who kicked off her career as viral star after her song was played for Pharrell Williams. Her songs “Alaska” and “Dog Years” reaches 64 and 173 on Triple J Hottest 100, 2016.. She performs at the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 17, 2019.

Doors: 7:30 p.m.

September 19,  2019
Sipping on the Sea with Santa Barbara Winery
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

Hop aboard the Double Dolphin every third Thursday of the month to enjoy local beer or wine from a featured brewery or winery. Enjoy a classic Santa Barbara sunset with a winery or brewery representative, pouring your tastings and offering education about their selection.

This month Santa Barbara Winery is aboard.

Included: Tasting + a reusable Santa Barbara Sailing Center Govino cup

Reservations required. A 21+event.
20-30 minutes early arrival is required for your cruise.

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September 20,  2019
Mark Knopfler Live in Concert
Time: 7:30pm
Santa Barbara Bowl

Celebrating his upcoming 9th solo studio album, Down The Road Wherever, Mark Knopfler embarks upon a 28-date North American tour, making a stop at Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday, September 20th, 2019.

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September 22 + 23,  2019
Tom Segura Live
Time: 7:00pm
Arlington Center for the Performing Arts

Comedian, Actor, and Writer Tom Segura has risen quickly to become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand,  highly regarded talents.  Segura brings his ‘Take It Down Tour’ to Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre on September 22th, 2019.

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Ongoing, Daily
Designated Drivers
Time: Flexible
For Wine Tasting, Beer Tasting, and Beyond

Hire a trusted local safe driver to ensure you get around the county safely. Wine and beer tours available with full trip planning assistance. You can hire a driver to drive your vehicle to dinner, weddings, concerts, or any special events. Call 833.868.7733 for booking. Cheers!

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