i Madonnari festival

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There is no shortage of festivals for your social calendar all year round. In fact, you’d better just get most of these into your calendar right now, and even time your move around your favorites!

Foodies will love such events as the Harbor and Seafood Festival, Epicure:SB, the Vintner’s Festival, the Food Bank’s Fork & Cork Classic and the California Lemon Festival in Goleta. For those interested in cultural pursuits, mark your calendars for the French Festival in July, the International Film Festival in January, the Old Spanish Days of Fiesta in August, the Summer Solstice Parade, the Flamenco Festival and the I Madonnari street painting festival. There’s also a holiday parade every December, a summer Sandcastle Festival, and a spring International Orchid Show. And don’t forget Earth Day—this festival was actually started in Santa Barbara in 1970.

If your idea of a great event means an endurance race, then Santa Barbara has that too. There’s the International Full and Half Marathon every November, a triathlon in August, a half marathon through the wine country in May, and (not for the faint of heart or feet) the Pier to Peak Half Marathon in September. That’s not all—there’s the Chardonnay 10k in the spring, the 4th of July Semana Nautica, and the 39-mile Avon Breast Cancer Walk in September, to name just a few more athletic events.