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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: January 2017

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 new year.

El Bracero del Año at the Granada Theater, January 8th 3:00pm
The Granada Theater invites you to a special reception before this film featuring special guests Monique Limon, Andy Valdez and Jonathan Elías Alverez-Alzua – Consul for Community Affairs for the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard. The theme of the film is the migration of Mexicans to the United States in search of the “American dream.” Tickets start at $10.

cupcake and wine tour

Cupcake and Wine Tour
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. Call for availability 805-884-9283.

Grant Lee Phillips Live at the SOHO, January 13th, 6:30pm
Iconic troubadour Grant-Lee Phillips has been a pioneering force for more than twenty five years. With four Grant Lee Buffalo studio albums and eight to his own name there’s precious little time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Occasionally he turns up in the most unlikely places, such as portraying the Town Troubadour on TV’s The Gilmore Girls. Constant movement, physically and creatively is almost a mantra. Say’s Phillips, “ I never could sit still. Tickets $17 at the door, $13 in advance.

Mountains to Shore Bike Tour
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.Call to reserve your spot today, 805-884-9283.

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 — 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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