Santa Barbara Events

Mother's Day in Montecito

Montecito Country Mart are hosting a pop-up show demonstrating how to create this beautiful vertical succulent circle [May 13th, Saturday 1:30] 

Montecito Country Mart are hosting a pop-up show demonstrating how to create this beautiful vertical succulent circle [May 13th, Saturday 1:30] 

Wondering what to do for Mother's Day in Montecito this year? Look no further, I have some suggestions that will make your mom well up with tears with gratitude. Montecito has some incredible experiences to offer for you and your mummy dearest to show how much she means to you. 

Montecito Country Mart: Succulent Circle Demo

May 13th, Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm [demo at 1:30pm]

Montecito Country Mart, a fabulous local shopping center on Coast Village Road in Montecito, is hosting the pop-up shop Dalla Vita. Dalla Vita is an online garden and home shop that plants a tree for each item purchased. This mother's day they'll be doing a demonstration on how to create their beautiful vertical succulent circles at 1:30pm. Alternately you can leisurely peruse their pop-up shop from 11:00am-5:00pm. 

Dalla Vita  Landscape Designers create stunning vertical wall gardens that are drought resistant providing a lush look in your home. 

Dalla Vita Landscape Designers create stunning vertical wall gardens that are drought resistant providing a lush look in your home. 

Lotusland: Mother's Day Tour & Tea

May 13th, Saturday 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Another idea, for that special someone in your life, is a Mother's Day Tour & Tea of Ganna Walska's Lotusland. Lotusland is a non-profit botanical garden located in Montecito. The (15 ha / 37 acres) garden is the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska. Named one of the 10 best gardens in the world, home to over 3000 plants from the world over and the horticultural passion of an extraordinary woman. 

The Saturday before Mother's Day, Lotusland offers one of their most popular events, a tour of the gardens whilst sipping on tea and refreshments from their pavilion patio. The tours are docent-led or members may explore the garden on their own. This is the perfect treat for someone special in your life!


Tickets are $80 for members, $90 for nonmembers and $40 for children ages 3–12. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling 805.969.9990. Click here for more information on Lotusland.

Ganna Walska Lotusland - Mother's Day Tour & Tea

Ganna Walska Lotusland - Mother's Day Tour & Tea

Four Seasons The Biltmore: Mother's Day Brunch

May 14th, Sunday 9:00am - 12:00pm

I don't know by, but woman (including me), just love us a good brunch! Plus throw in the fresh breeze of the pacific coast and overlooking Butterfly Beach and you've got a golden ticket to satisfy your mother's heart desire. 

The Bella Vista Restaurant at the Four Seasons, The Biltmore will be having a special brunch menu in Montecito’s most beautiful al fresco setting. Partake in an abundant buffet, featuring traditional favorites as well as an extensive selection of seafood, salads, freshly made pastas and carvings.

Reservations are highly recommended by calling 805) 969-2261. $125 per adult, $65 per child (ages 5-12). Click here to view more.

Bella Vista Restaurant at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara  

Bella Vista Restaurant at the Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara  

Whatever you decide to do this Mother's Day, take a moment to express gratitude to those who have nurtured, loved or cared for you as Mother. If you're a mother, I understand how you give tirelessly, sacrificially and often neglect yourself, but this day is for you, so take it, embrace it and know you're appreciated for all you do (the things seen and unseen). You are the unsung heroines of our society and are shaping the next generation! 

Susan Pate

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Cinco de Mayo Santa Barbara

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People travel far and wide to celebrate this fun filled festivity of Cinco de Mayo in the highly sought after travel destination of Santa Barbara and Montecito. Here's a few reasons why....


What is Cinco de Mayo?


Every May, Santa Barbara celebrates its Spanish heritage with the extraordinary Cinco de Mayo Festival at De La Guerra Plaza. This year’s festivities are here, and they will draw thousands of locals and visitors. With live music and delicious cuisine from an array of food vendors, this festival is the best place to be on the Fifth of May.

 

What's the history of Cinco de Mayo?


(pronounced: [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for "May 5th", or literally, "Five of May") is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.


Where & When is Cinco de Mayo?


Located in downtown Santa Barbara, De La Guerra Plaza is a haven for Latino culture in Southern California. It also hosts the Old Days Spanish Fiesta every August—one of the region’s most popular annual events. On May 5th, the city will commemorate the Mexican defeat of the French in 1862 and celebrate the country’s heritage.



What's happening in Santa Barbara for Cinco de Mayo?



With such a strong Mexican culture throughout the city and state, a Cinco De Mayo celebration in Santa Barbara is as authentic as anyone will find in the United States. In the past, festival-goers have enjoyed everything from confetti-filled eggs to live Mexican music to delicious taquitos, tamales, and grilled corn on the cob.

The city of Santa Barbara even throws in a few extra fun for everyone attractions, like the rock climbing wall which has made appearances at festivals past. To take part in the fun this year, just head over to De La Guerra Plaza.

With musicians jamming in the plaza, and chicken and beef simmering on the grill, this year’s Santa Barbara Cinco De Mayo Festival promises to impress.

Don't miss out on all Santa Barbara has to offer in this fun filled festival.

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