Premiere Events in Santa Barbara
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Rod Stewart at The Bowl
Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Rod Stewart has added a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Come enjoy one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music. His signature voice, style and songwriting have transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, and even the Great American Songbook; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums through out every decade of his career.
- 7:00pm -10:00 - October 21st - Santa Barbara Bowl
Rocky Horror Picture Show at Chumash Casino
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Join us for this celebrated classic at the Chumash Casino.
- October 26th at 8:00pm - Chumash Casino
One of the world's most beloved musical dramas, La Boheme is a story of love, friendship, loss, and coming of age, wrapped in Puccini's achingly beautiful melody. Kostis Protopapas conducts. Omer Ben Seadia, last with OSB for A Streetcar Named Desire and L'italiana in Algeri, will direct. Eleni Calenos and Nathan Granner will make you melt in their Santa Barbara debuts as Mimi and Rodolfo.
- Granada Theatre November 9-11th, 7:30pm
Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash
Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin' good time! Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins.
- Santa Barbara Zoo, November 22nd, 10:00am - 3:30pm
Santa Barbara Night Market
Santa Barbara, also known as the Californian Riviera, will host the first ever European-style Christmas Night Market at 701 State Street (formerly Macy's) in Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants.
Every Christmas, all over Europe, craftsmen, retailers, wineries and artisans exhibit their goods in a traditional night market often known for its lively and unique shopping experience. This year, Santa Barbara Night Market LLC, is proud to bring this tradition to State Street with holiday themed decor, live music, carolers, food, beverages and all the best products the Central Coast has to offer!
- November 23rd - January 6th, 2019, 4:00 -10:00pm
SANTA BARBARA International Film Festival Announces 2019 Dates
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has become one of the most important stops on the annual road to the Oscars, has announced that its 34th edition is set to run Jan. 30-Feb. 9, 2019.
"It's extraordinary and a cause for celebration that SBIFF is heading into its 34th edition," Roger Durling, the fest's executive director, said in a statement. "We love that after this past difficult year, Santa Barbara is anxiously ready to welcome once again more world-class filmmakers."
While SBIFF always attracts high-quality films, including many U.S. and world premieres, it is best known for its full-evening tributes to artists (who tend to be top contenders for Academy Awards) during the Oscar voting period (many Academy members live in and around Santa Barbara).
Honorees at this year's fest included eventual Oscar winners Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Guillermo del Toro and Jordan Peele, as well as eventual nominees Margot Robbie, Timothee Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan. Honorees in prior years included Daniel Day-Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Jennifer Lawrence.
The 2019 event will be held at sites throughout Santa Barbara, including the historic Arlington Theatre and the newly restored Riviera Theatre.
- January 30th - February 9th, 2019