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Santa Barbara is a modern medium sized city with a small town heart. You see that in the many fun festivals held annually and weekly.
Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show - every Sunday & some holidays on Cabrillo Ave along the beach. Local artists sell their paintings, photos, sculptures and crafts. Great shopping.
Santa Barbara Farmer's Markets - Santa Barbara's State St Mkt is on Tues afternoons. Farmer direct sales of produce and cut flowers.
Summer Solstice - celebrate the start of summer with an often wacky, fun parade down State St.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta - Santa Barbara spends a week every August to celebrate its Spanish & Mexican history with traditional dance, costumes, parades, & events.
I Madonnari - a street painting festival held on the steps of the Mission, in the spring, to benefit children's art education.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival - week of international film, held throughout the city's theaters and at the Arlington. 2013's film festival will honor Ben Affleck. Robert deNiro is getting an award.