Festivals in Santa Barbara

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New Wave LA is a multi-date, multi-venue event that encompasses four original works. Pick up a ticket to each of the performances to experience the whole kit and caboodle. The tickets will be in the D-level seating area of each venue and will be issued in e-ticket fashion prior to the show. The Los Angeles Ballet is a group of two dozen gazelle-esque dancers who fling themselves across genres and around the stage like marionettes controlled by heartstrings. See this renowned company move to the body music of the latest, greatest, and most unexpected choreography from LA's own Josie Walsh, plus Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance fame.

1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Redondo Beach,
CA
US

Fresh Fest 2012 treats hip-hop and electro fans to a night full of funky beats and throbbing lasers fit for all ages. Master mixers and mash-up maestros DJ Eon and DJ Flamezz keep strobe lights stoked and frisky feet dancing with a surplus of pulsating club beats. Grab some glow sticks at the door ($5, not included in today's Groupon) and dance to the laser lightshow before preventing sweat droughts with available water, pop, or energy drinks. Unlike most dance parties, no alcohol is allowed at Fresh Fest 2012, allowing crowds to have fun without the threat of an intervening Eliot Ness.

4015 Via Lucero Street Unit D
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

The food and photo tours of Eat This, Shoot That! ensure guests leave with their memory cards full and their bellies fuller. Each walking tour covers about 1.5 miles in the Funk Zone, where guests sip, munch, and click their way through seven local eateries. Along the way, they'll pick up tips on how to perfectly frame a wood-fired pizza at Lucky Penny or capture the good side of a glass of chardonnay at Deep Sea Winery. Guests need only bring their smart phone or camera and a healthy appetite. Read more about the tour here.

1111 1st st
Goleta,
CA
US

Tequila and Taco Music Festival's Mas Margaritas aims to fill attendees' entire afternoon with a celebration of Mexican food and culture. Held at upscale shopping and dining center The Collection at Riverpark, the festival moves along to a soundtrack of live music and the clinking of glasses. Though craft beer is available, the focus is on margaritas?each crafted by acclaimed bartenders using top-shelf tequila and mescal. Gourmet street-style tacos provide the ideal pairing for drinks and the ideal decoration for any hats with a wide enough brim. Meanwhile, art and craft vendors put their handmade wares on display. Even though celebration is its own reward, the festival goes one step further by donating proceeds to the Food Share local food bank.

P.O. Box 5131
Ventura,
CA
US

Some of the best competitors around don't wear football helmets or running shoes. Instead, they don chef aprons and barbecue brushes, which they use to marinate chicken, brisket, and pork. There are many elements to this delicate craft: appearance, taste, and texture just to name a delicious few. Those are just some of the criteria considered by the judges at California Blues and BBQ Festival, which features a barbecue cook-off competition open to the general public. Other attendees can simply purchase food to sample the food. All of this makes a great compliment to live entertainment from some of the best blues musicians around, whose electric guitars are powered entirely by barbecue sauce.

Mission Park
Ventura,
CA
US

This summer, the California Beer Festival makes a triumphant return to Marin County. In a day-long celebration of craft beer on June 28, the festival fills cups with more than 70 craft brews on tap?some from local breweries, and others from nationally known brands. Situated amongst the hills of Marin County near Novato, Stafford Lake Park provides a spacious, sun-splashed backdrop for the event. In between sips, attendees can stroll or barrel-roll around the park while taking in the festival's other activities, which include live music performances, games of bocce ball, and food served by vendors.

PO Box 5131
Ventura,
CA
US