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Celebrating the Love Month in Santa Barbara

Maureen McDermut

Having sold residential real estate in Santa Barbara for over 20 years, initiating her career in Los Angeles selling commercial real estate, and daugh.

Having sold residential real estate in Santa Barbara for over 20 years, initiating her career in Los Angeles selling commercial real estate, and daugh.

Sep 14 7 minutes read

It's the time of the year again and the love month begins. Santa Barbara is again rife with activities celebrating Valentine's Day. Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day. But if you're still looking for places to take your loved ones or activities that you can both do on V-Day, we've got the lowdown on the best ways and the best places where you can spend this special day with your loved ones.


33rd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

January 31, 2018 - February 10, 2018

Various Locations, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

If you're a classic romantic and date night means movies and a good dinner, then this is definitely the perfect way to spend this famed holiday. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 33rd anniversary in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Film enthusiasts can enjoy special panels, award ceremonies and 200+ films at some of the city’s most historic theaters. Check here for movie schedules and activities celebrating the Film Festival.

Romantic, Private Sailing Charter

Daily until February 15, 2018

Double Dolphin Cruises, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Love is on the water! Spend a few hours or a whole day aboard one of our yachts. You pick the yacht size and The Santa Barbara Sailing Center will provide you with a US Coast Guard Certified Captain. Your private group (6 passengers maximum) will experience the fun and magic of sailing along the Santa Barbara pristine coastline.  You can simply enjoy the views with a picnic & champagne, or feel free to help sail the yacht.

Family 1st Thursdays

Daily until May 3, 2018

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Who says Valentine's Day are just for lovers? Bring the whole family to enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center, located across from the Museum Cafe on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists are available to assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy the galleries until 8 PM.

Valentine Heart Shaped PiÑata Workshop

February 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Municipal Winemakers, 22 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Get creative with your SO. Get yourselves down to Muniwine and learn how to make an amazingly fun heart piñata, hosted by Pink Elephant & Co. Not only will you walk away with your very own piñata, you’ll have learned a new skill in the process. Price includes all materials (glue, tape, template).

GALentine's Day PiÑata Workshop

February 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Municipal Winemakers, 22 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Valentine's Day is also the perfect time to spend with your girls. Get your best gals together: your friends, your mum, your coworkers, that lady who works in your favorite coffee shop with the amazing hair, get all those women together and have fun creating GALENTINES Pinatas at Rad Night.

Mike Birbiglia's "The New One"

February 9, 2018 at 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you fancy a night of lighthearted fun, laughter and comedy then this is the best show in town for your pre- Valentine's Date. From the comedy mastermind behind My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes comes The New One, a hilarious blend of storytelling and stand-up in Mike Birbiglia’s honest, self-deprecating style. His 2016 film Don’t Think Twice was nominated for Best Comedy Feature Film by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and his film Sleepwalk with Me won the 2012 Audience Award at Sundance. In The New One, he approaches his comedy with the same heart, humor and hilarity we’ve come to expect.

It's Almost Valentine's Day Pop-up at MuniWine

February 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Municipal Winemakers, 22 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you're still on the hunt for the perfect gift to give your sweetheart this Valentine's, don’t miss this pre-Valentine’s Day pop-up shop at Muni Wine, with The Golden State Store, Charlotte Jones Shoes, Chocolate Maya, local match maker Lisa Amador, motown tunes and more!

Valentine's Day Dinner at the Bear and Star

February 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Bear and Star, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441

Toast the one you love with an unforgettable meal this Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the occasion, Chef John Cox and his culinary team have prepared an extraordinary dinner using the freshest ingredients from our ranch and farm. Early reservations recommended. Click here to reserve.

Valentine's Day at Belmond El Encanto

February 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Belmond El Encanto, 800 Alvarado Pl., Santa Barbara, CA 93103

A haven for romance, The Dining Room and Terrace is the ultimate venue for an evening under the stars. This Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Johan Denizot has curated an inspired menu of celebratory delights, featuring Santa Barbara coastal cuisine, for you and your loved one to enjoy on this special occasion.

Sweetheart Saturday

February 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bien Nacido Vineyards, 2963 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441

Nothing else can spell Valentine's Day than roses, wine and chocolates. Come and spend your post-Valentine's date at Bien Nacido Vineyards for a wine and chocolate truffles pairing! Jessica Foster’s delicious truffles, expertly paired with our fabulous small production estate wines. Truffles and a long stemmed red rose included with each paid tasting. There is no additional cost to our wine club members.


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