Everyone knows that summer is everyone’s favorite season, and in Santa Barbara summer seems to last all year. But come the month of May, a shift can be felt in our fresh coastal air and there is a distinctive feeling that summer fun is about to be kicked into high gear. Summer events seem to happen weekly in Santa Barbara from cultural celebrations such as the Solstice Festival and the Old Spanish Days to beer tasting at the Santa Barbara Zoo’s ZooBrew! event and everything in between, there is no shortage of opportunities for casual family fun and upscale socializing.
The long weekend kicks off this Thursday with the annual Downtown Art and Wine Tour. The self-guided tour, which begins at 5:30, invites participants to meander through retailers, galleries and restaurants experiencing the works of local artists, vintners and chefs, on their way to the tour’s Final Party at the Santa Barbara Club. Feasting on hors d’oeuvres and sipping wine or beer, party goers will eat, drink and dance the night away in celebration of all that Santa Barbara’s Downtown District has to offer.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online, at the Downtown Organization office or at the box office of the Arlington Theater.
Arlington Theatre Box Office
1317 State Street
Monday – Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm
(credit card or cash + $2.50 surcharge per ticket)
Downtown Santa Barbara Office
27-B East de la Guerra Street
Monday – Friday: 9am-4pm
(cash, check, Visa and Master Card)