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In true new year's fashion, Santa Barbara kicks off the 2019 award season with a glamorous, star-studded performance. Starting on January 30 and running through February 9, the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) gathers film lovers from all over the world to enjoy special panels, award ceremonies and 200+ films at some of the city's most historic theaters. Founded in 1986, SBIFF has grown to become one of the leading film festivals in the U.S. Last year the event attracted an astonishing 92,000 attendees, with visitors ranging from A-list celebrities to film loving locals and tourists. As Hollywood's elite flocks to Santa Barbara for 11 special days, Santa Barbara herself takes center stage, offering award winners and attendees a picture-perfect getaway. To help you celebrate this year's standout film stars, while savoring all Santa Barbara has to offer, we've put together an event-by-event guide to help you make the most of your time in The American Riviera.

- January 30th through February 9th - Screenings and Award Ceremonies are held at venues throughout Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Restaurant Week

The second annual Santa Barbara Restaurant Week is your chance to experience the best of Santa Barbara's food scene at a fraction of the cost. Presented by Santa Barbara Uncorked, LLC and sponsored by Jordano's Foodservice and Pacific Beverage Company, Santa Barbara Restaurant Week 2019 is a 10-day event designed to showcase the culinary delights of Santa Barbara crafted by the area's finest eating establishments. From February 22nd- March 3rd, each participating restaurant will offer a prix-fixe menu that includes a $25 2-course lunch and $40 3-course dinner option. Throughout the week, tasting rooms will also offer special wine tasting experiences and many local hotels will offer discounted SBRW room rates to participating guests. To discover participating restaurants and offerings, please visit: This year's local event will benefit the California Restaurant Association Foundation's ProStart program. Developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ProStart is a two-year culinary arts and hospitality management program that reaches more than 9,000 students at 127 public high schools in California. With curriculum aimed at empowering tomorrow's culinary leaders, the ProStart program perfectly aligns with the vision of the Santa Barbara Restaurant Week founders and the mission of this annual celebration.

- February 22nd through March 3rd. Recurring daily.

On March 9, 2019, The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) will be brining drag racing back to the streets of Santa Barbara. TROG will exhibit their hand-selected group of gentlemen and gentlewoman, who will showcase their pre and early post-war machines "street racing" with the beautiful backdrop of palm trees and ocean views at the Hilton Beachfront Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County held the first sanctioned street races in 1949. The tradition continued at the Goleta airport for more than 20 years and included one of James Dean's final races before his death. Ninety years after that first sanctioned race, the City of Santa Barbara will be closing off Cabrillo Blvd to display the power of what pre-1947 American built hot rods and tank-shift motorcycles can do in 990 feet!

- March 9th

The Santa Barbara Symphony presents Amadeus Live, a showing of the multi-Academy Award winning 1984 motion picture accompanied by Mozart's most celebrated works, performed live in-sync by a full orchestra and choir on Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 pm at the Granada Theatre. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Milos Foreman's sumptuous Amadeus is an aural and visual treat for all the senses. Dirk Brosse serves as guest conductor for this multisensory performance, alongside Natasha Kislenko on piano and the Santa Barbara Symphony Chorus.

- March 16th & 17th, 8:00 - 10:00pm - Granada Theatre

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will discuss the role of culture in creating a strong society, drawing on examples from his own life as a musician and citizen. Mr. Ma's presentation is rooted in the belief that at a moment when our world is challenged by the pace of change and the divisions it can create, culture's ability to create and share meaning is essential to shaping the next stage in our evolution. Yo-Yo Ma's multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture's power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture's social impact or engaging unexpected musical forms, Yo-Yo Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.

- April 27th, 7:30pm Granada Theatre

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece RENT returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production-a re-imagining of Puccini's La Boheme, RENT has wowed audiences ever since its first performance! Don't miss your chance to see this amazing show! RENT is intended for mature audiences only.

- June 11th - 7:30pm Granada Theatre