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On Saturday, August 16, from 5:00-8:00 pm, join us at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for Anchors and Ales: A Beer Tasting Experience. This boutique beer festival will offer guests a chance to taste nautically-inspired beers from a dozen different craft breweries as they explore the museum and learn about beer. Tickets include a commemorative glass, unlimited tastings, and food pairings. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

Anchors and Ales is being curated by beer writer and Certified Cicerone (beer Sommelier) Zach Rosen. The different brews being served will examine the relationship between beer, water, and the sea, including some beers that even use the ocean as an ingredient. Guests will get to sample the beers while exploring traditional brewing techniques and learning about the role of beer in maritime history. Guests will also learn about water as a beer ingredient and breweries’ efforts towards sustainability and water conservation. Anchors and Ales will be a unique event that offers an evening full of beer, education, and fun.

Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, California
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Save $15 register before the night of the event. Full price at the door.
($35)$50 (SBMM members), ($50)$65 (non-members)
Register online or call (805) 962-8404 x115

#SantaBarbara   #Beer   #beerlovers  

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Meet the 2014 Spirit of Fiesta, Talia Ortega Vestal

Talia won the title of Spirit of Fiesta by competing among 13 other dancers on April 12th at Santa Barbara High School. 
Talia attends Santa Barbara High School where she is the current Junior Class Treasurer for ASB and newly elected ASB Vice President for the 2014-15 school year. She has been a cheer and song leader for 3 years and has been awarded All American Songleader by the United Spirit Association, as well as maintaining a 4.4 GPA and receiving a Global Leadership Ambassador scholarship. Talia has been a dancer since age 4 with a passion for Flamenco and love for Santa Barbara which she exhibited as Junior Spirit in 2009. She looks forward to sharing her inspiration from and appreciation for the community as 2014 Spirit of Fiesta!

Congratulations to Talia!

#SantaBarbara   #SBFiesta   #Fiesta   #Fiesta2014  

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Thursday night, come see what Santa Barbara locals call "the best Fiesta party in town" - the Celebración de los Dignatarios held at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Gather on the hilltop at the zoo and greet the Mayor, City Council members and other local dignitaries. Enjoy delicious appetizers and delectable wines, presented by local restaurants and wineries while you take pleasure in the zoo’s lush gardens and majestic views. Dance to the high energy party band, The Soul City Survivors. Don't miss this opportunity to meet local dignitaries and say hello to a few of the zoo animals. 

Held at the Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. No-Host bar. Tickets are $85 in advance and $100 at the door. Visit to purchase tickets today.

#SantaBarbara   #Fiesta2014   #SBFiesta  

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Tomorrow night begins the 90th anniversary of Old Spanish Days at the Old Mission Santa Barbara! Viva La! 

"The Little Fiesta" officially opens Old Spanish Days on the steps of Santa Barbara's historic Old Mission. This event features Fiesta's traditional songs and dances: tunes of the Californios, Flamenco, Spanish classical and Mexican folklórico dances. Food is available for purchase from local vendors. This event is held at the Old Mission Santa Barbara located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This event is free.

For your guide to all the best restaurants, shops, galleries, wineries in Santa Barbara, visit

#SantaBarbara   #Fiesta   #Fiesta2014   #SBFiesta  

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Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting
Friday, July 18th 6:30 to 9 pm
Chase Palm Park

This romantic evening of rare wine tasting begins with a champagne reception under the stars at Santa Barbara's charming old-world carousel at Chase Palm Park Plaza. Extremely limited reserve level wines are matched with gourmet appetizers from top local chefs, artisan cheeses and gourmet chocolates and truffles while live bluesy jazz keeps things super cool. Ticket price includes all wine and food samples and an 18 oz keepsake wine glass.

For tickets to the California Wine Festival, please visit and make sure to visit for your guide to all the best shops, galleries, restaurants, and more in the Santa Barbara area.

#santabarbarawinetasting   #santabarbara   #wine   #travel   #Californiawinefestival  

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An art gallery at the Zoo? What a wild thought! Santa Barbara Zoo is now home to the Volentine Family Gallery inside the Discovery Pavilion. Art exhibits will rotate year-round and relate to the Zoo’s dedication to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation. Artwork shown in the gallery is for sale: the proceeds are split equally between the Zoo and the artist.

Upcoming Shows

The Artwork of Ben O’Hara: July 17 to October 17. 

Local artist Ben O’Hara focuses on local & endangered species, along with a few favorite Zoo residents, with his acrylic paintings on wood. Show Opening: Join us Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. for art show opening & conservation partner expo. Light appetizers & cash bar.

Make sure to visit for your guide to all the best shops, restaurants, galleries, and more in the Santa Barbara area. 

#SantaBarbara   #ThingsToDo   #ArtGallery  

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It's summer solstice time again in Santa Barbara and the theme for 2014 is “Games." The Summer Solstice Parade features more than 1,000 parade participants, complete with extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles. From its beginnings as a small parade featuring street artists, the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration is now the premier Santa Barbara County arts event, drawing crowds of over 100,000 spectators from around the world.

The parade starts today at noon on Cota Street and then begins to arrive in Alameda Park a little past 1 PM, with final entry usually appearing after 2 PM. The Alameda Park Festival continues the celebration with live music by local and international artists; delicious foods and beverages from local restaurants, caterers and non-profit groups; an arts and crafts boutique with more than 75 artisans and craftsmen; a large “drum circle” formed by parade participants and anyone who cares to join in the beat. The wonderful floats from the parade are on display. A special children’s area featured a stage with storytellers, musicians, drama, and mimes.

For a guide to all the best restaurants, shops, galleries, wineries and more to visit in the Santa Barbara area visit

#SantaBarbara   #SBSolstice   #Summer  

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Swirl, sip, and savor wines from Central Coast premier wineries complemented with savory and sweet delectable delights at the 2014 Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ on Saturday, June 28th. Escape for an afternoon and enjoy the refreshing ambiance of being in nature as you take pleasure in tantalizing tastings of food and wine. 

This annual summer Wine Festival helps support the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's mission to inspire citizens to explore, embrace, and take care of our natural world; 100% of the Wine Festival proceeds help us achieve these goals through science education and engaging exhibits.

Ticket pricing from $70 to $95. Visit

#SantaBarbara   #SBWineFestival   #Wine  

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According to a survey released last month by Visit Santa Barbara, the cruise ship industry had an estimated $2.4 million economic impact on Santa Barbara last year with more than 50,000 passengers visiting the city. About $280,000 of that went to the city in the form of passenger fees and sales taxes.

Based on the survey, restaurants and retail businesses faired out the best, making up 30.5 and 29.2 percent of total spending, respectively. With the activities respondents said they participated in most, 65.7 percent shopped, 64.9 percent went sight-seeing, and 42.7 percent indulged in dining. 

The survey also noted that 41 percent of the passengers who were first time Santa Barbara visitors said they were likely to return within 24 months, which could lead to an additional $6.3 million in direct visitor spending. 96.4 percent of the first-time visitors said they were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their visit.

With today's high of 75 degrees, we can't say we're surprised! Come take a peek at the weather forecast, along with the best restaurants, shops, galleries, wineries, and more to check out in Santa Barbara today:

#SantaBarbara   #SantaYnez   #santaynezvalley  
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