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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: January 2016

Winter is here, but the sun is still shining in Santa Barbara. January is one of my favorite months to be living in Santa Barbara – and anyone who has strolled the beaches after the new year will know why. While other parts of the country are enjoying mountains of white powder, we are enjoying blue waves and quiet beaches. Come visit and see enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer in the coldest months of the year.

Cupcake and Wine Tour– Santa Barbara Adventure Company

Come Experience the Original Cupcake & Wine Tour! Savor a yummy cupcake tasting featuring 6 mini cupcakes. This tour features wine tasting in Santa Ynez Valley, deli style lunch at one of our favorite wineries and a friendly guide for the day. Tours are offered weekly on Saturday and Sundays starting at 10am.

Mountains to Shore Bike Tour– Santa Barbara Adventure Company

Our Mountains to Shore Bike Tour offers a stunning view of Santa Barbara’s unique landscape. Guides will lead you on a fun, accessible path from high in the mountains of Santa Barbara downhill to the coastline, stopping to enjoy some of the area’s most loved locations including the Santa Barbara Mission. This bike ride is great for all skill levels.

Live Music at Oreana Winery and Tasting Room – Saturdays 4:00-7:00PM

Enjoy a glass or a flight of delicious local wine, accompanied by live performers with food from gourmet food trucks! Oreana’s atmosphere provides a fun, lively afternoon for locals and visitors alike in Santa Barbara’s one-of-a-kind ‘funk zone’.

The Beach Boys– Granada Theater, January 30 7:30PM

The Beach Boys, inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 1988, will perform at the historic Granada Theater! Mike Love, the lead singer, songwriter and band leader will be joined by Bruce Johnston to bring back the quintessential beach town hits we all know and love.

Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show– Sundays at 10:00AM

Approximately 300 Santa Barbara County resident artists come to display their own works in an informal atmosphere under the palms of seaside Chase Palm Park. All items are original art, created by the artists you meet. The show is held every fair weather Sunday and Special Holidays.

First Thursday — January 7, 5:00-8:00PM

On the first Thursday of each month, downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art, music and theater in a fun and social atmosphere. Additional attractions such as music, artist openings, demonstrations, and refreshments are featured at participating venues. Downtown Santa Barbara Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Every Saturday and Tuesday Come down and buy local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, small plants and specialty items. Street musicians, music and downtown shops and restaurants. Year round, rain or shine. Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets on Sunday and on State Street (500-600 bocks) on Tuesday. Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m/4:00pm – 7:30. Please add events and activities that we may have missed in the comment section below.

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