Must-See Santa Barbara Events in 2016

There is a lot of exciting stuff going in Santa Barbara in 2016 and we don’t want you to miss out on any of it! From films to street painting, Santa Barbara has a lot to offer both tourists and locals by way of fun events this coming year. Below is our list of must-see Santa Barbara events in 2016.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

February 3rd-13th, 2016

This is a world-renowned annual film festival that is rife with A-list celebrities and award-winning films. It is THE event of the year for movie buffs and ordinary moviegoers alike. This festival draws thousands of people from all over the world to appreciate one of America’s favorite art forms: film. Whether you keep up with every big movie and celebrity or you just watch the occasional film, this festival is Marina beach Motel’s top recommendation for 2016 events in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

March 4th-6th, 2016

This unique show has it all in the title. It’s an international orchid show where orchid enthusiasts as well as us ordinary folk can enjoy a variety of orchid breeds. It features breathtaking exhibits, orchid sales, photography, demonstrations, and floral arrangements. This will be the 71st year that this one-of-a-kind show takes place and Santa Barbara is proud to be its home. We hope to see you there this year!

Summer Solstice Celebration 

June 24th-26th, 2016

This is an outrageously fun annual event that celebrates the beginning of summer through with music, dancing, and a parade. It is a well-loved Santa Barbara tradition that takes place at Alameda Park and brings together the Santa Barbara community as well as visitors to this beautiful city. So come be a part of the local color here in Santa Barbara by checking out the Summer Solstice Celebration.

Old Spanish Days

August 3-7, 2016

This event is thrown by the 90 year old non-profit by the same name, and is dedicated to preserving Santa Barbara history and its Spanish roots. It is a highly anticipated annual 8 day festival full of cultural events and fun activities. It is eight days of raucous fun and heritage awareness that both locals and visitors can enjoy. Come learn about Santa Barbara history this August and  have fun while you’re at it!

No matter what event you choose to see in Santa Barbara in 2016, we guarantee you’ll enjoy your stay, especially if you book a luxurious yet affordable room at Marina Beach Motel!