You won't want to miss these february happenings

From festivals, to Valentine's Day celebrations, to top notch eating experiences, Santa Barbara is the place to be this February.

noteworthy week-long events

33rd annual Santa Barbara Film Festival

WHere: Downtown Santa Barbara | when: January 31st - february 10th

Over the past 30 years, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes, and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week

Where: Participating restaurants | When: February 23rd - March 4th 

Being in Santa Barbara, we have so many food choices, it's easy to be a foodie here and feel satisfied. We are thrilled to bring you a dining experience like you've never had before. Try restaurants you've dreamed of dining at and experience a 3-course meal that will guarantee to leave you feeling full all for a prix fixe price. We've got restaurant options for every budget.

Restaurants include Blackbird, Bella Vista at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Cava Restaurant and Bar, Tre Lune, Lucky's, Loquita, The Lark, and many more!

SB Restaurant Week has partnered with the California Restaurant Association Foundation. SBRW will be giving 50% of our proceeds from restaurant registration to CRAF's grant program, Restaurants Care that offers financial relief for restaurant/hospitality workers who experienced losses during the Thomas Fire and Mudslide. 

Sips + Eats: giving back

Help Loquite save Bree'osh

where: loquita Santa Barbara | when: Sunday, February 11th from 11am - 2pm

Come support and help save our local Bree'Osh Bakery by joining Loquita's all-you-can-eat brunch and bottomless sangria event. Bree'Osh is in jeopardy as a result of the devastating Thomas fire and mudslide that has effected our community. $50 per person. Reserve a table now!

Can't make it to brunch? Click here to donate to the cause.


The 10th Santa Barbara wine auction

Where: THe Ritz-carlton bacara, Santa Barbara | When: Saturday, February 17th

 Every two years, the Santa Barbara Vintners coordinates a benefit for Direct Relief. Enjoy a Silent Auction, Live Auction, exquisite wine tasting experiences, a delicious dinner experience, and more. Celebrity Chris Harrison from The Bachelor returns to emcee the program while money-can’t-buy experiences are offered up for live bids. Chef John Cox has been invited as a special guest to preside over the evening’s menu. We invite you to participate in this meaningful event as The Bear and Star goes on the road!

celebrate: Valentine's Day

Wine and Chocolate Pairing Experience

Where: Jamie SLone Wines Tasting Room | When: Recurring Daily throughout month of February

You'll experience owner Kym's perfect wine and chocolate pairings with chocolates from Santa Barbara's Best Chocolatier, Jean Miguel of Chocolats Du Calibressan. Pairing includes four different chocolates and Five total wines (one white and four reds.) Kym will highlight our wine journey, the winemaking process and the different microclimates that make up Santa Barbara's AVAs. This experience is designed for the serious Chocoholic who loves wine and the opportunity to discover some amazing wines to add to your cellar.  Reserve your experience today!

Reservations required. Please call (805) 560-6555 or email

Valentine's Day Wine Tasting Experiences and Packages

Grapeline Wine Tours, Santa Barbara | when: February 10th - February 18th, 2018

Romanti-size your wine tour experience with wine, romance, and chocolate. Cupid-inspired packages available for this month's celebrations.

Lots of local eateries are hosting Valentine's Day specials - here's a list of our favorites: