Mozart’s Serenade is part of the Music Academy’s chamber music series, featuring faculty and guest artists along with fellows. A complimentary and energetic reception with the artists follows the concert. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss the music and performance. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/966-4946, lobero.org.
Enjoy live music, family-friendly activities and fireworks at the annual Paderewski Festival-sponsored patriotic concert and Independence Day celebration. The San Luis Obispo Symphony and Youth Symphony members perform a patriotic “Pops” program with a fireworks finale. Young families enjoy interactive arts, games, painting activities and new kiddie rides. Purchase culinary fare from various food trucks and vendors. Cass Winery wines and Firestone Walker Brewing Company are also be available for purchase. | 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles, 805/239-0655, paderewskifest.com.
Fourth of July Parade
Find unity and community in all things patriotic at the annual Fourth of July parade, put together by the all-volunteer Spirit of ’76 nonprofit organization. The parade begins at Micheltorena and State Streets, concluding at Cota Street. | 1 p.m., State Street, Santa Barbara, 805/284-5245.
Stearns Wharf July 4th Celebration
Stearns Wharf celebrates Independence Day with the best view of the annual fireworks show. The Wharf offers many attractions including live music, face painting, festive treats, arts and crafts, wine tasting, palm reading, harbor tours and more. | 11 a.m. –10 p.m., Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, 805/564-5530, stearnswharf.org.
Fourth of July Fireworks
After the Independence Day parade, bring a picnic blanket and set up for a fun day at the beach, complete with food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment and, after the sun sets, a brilliant firework show. | 9 p.m., Cabrillo Boulevard at West Beach, Santa Barbara, 805/963-1873, http://santabarbara.com/events/fourth_of_july.
The biggest names in freestyle music, including multi-platinum recording artist Taylor Dayne, Female Pop Sensation Exposé, The King of Freestyle Stevie B., and The Queen of Freestyle Lisa Lisa collaborate to perform their biggest rhythmic dance hits during the 15th Anniversary Freestyle Explosion Concert. Other featured acts are Debbie Deb, Nu Shooz and The Jets. | 7 p.m., Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, 805/962-7411, sbbowl.com.
LotusFest is a celebration of the spectacular lotus flower. July is peak blooming season, and guests have the opportunity to view these beautiful flowers while enjoying wine tastings from Santa Barbara County’s premier vintners, craft beer, delectable hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. | 2-5 p.m., Ganna Walska Lotusland, 695 Ashley Rd., Montecito, 805/969-3767 ext. 109, lotusland.org.
The youngest Pulitzer Prize winner for composition at the age of 30, Mosher Guest Artist Caroline Shaw crafts an extraordinary program of her own music performed by Music Academy fellows. Brilliant in both vocal and instrumental writing, Shaw’s talent brings fresh new vitality to the Hahn Hall stage. | 7:30 p.m., Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Deborah Voigt has programmed four Music Academy vocal fellows and five vocal piano fellows in an evening of songs and arias by Wagner, Verdi, Richard Strauss and contemporary composer Ben Moore. | 7:30 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
12-15 & 26-28
Central Coast Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It
Full of love, lust, cross-dressing and debauchery, As You Like it is one of William Shakespeare’s most romantic comedies. Flee into the forest of Arden and witness Rosalind disguise herself as a man and delight in the hilarity that ensues. Enjoy food from Beda’s Biergarten or Piemonte’s Deli and wine from Filipponi Ranch Cellars. Each Friday evening performance also features live music before the show.
| 7:30 p.m., Filipponi Ranch, 1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, 805/903-3567, centralcoastshakespeare.org.
UCSB Arts & Lectures Summer Film Series
See a different free film each week this summer with the UCSB Arts & Lectures Film Series, which plays Wednesday and Friday nights at UCSB Campbell Hall and the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, respectively. This year’s series highlights animation and includes films like The Triplets of Belleville, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant and more. | 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays at UCSB Campbell Hall, Building 538, Mesa Rd.; Fridays at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, 805/893-3535, artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Solo Piano Competition
With flash and finesse, solo piano fellows compete for a cash prize and an international recital tour presented by the Music Academy of the West in partnership with Steinway & Sons. | Noon–5 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Presqu’ile Winery Presents: Journey Unauthorized
Journey Unauthorized is an international pro-concert tribute show that provides an amazing rendition of the 1980s Journey. Presqu’ile Winery combines good wine, ocean views and spectacular sunsets in an incredible venue for great music in an intimate setting. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to the concerts for seating on the grass and Presqu’ile offers a variety of wines for sale by the glass or bottle in addition to fresh sandwiches. Expect other specialties sold by local food trucks. |5:30 p.m., Presqu’ile Winery, 5391 Presquile Dr., Santa Maria, ticketfly.com/event/1684512-journey-unauthorized-1-santa-maria/.
Santa Barbara French Festival
The French Festival returns for its 30th year with delicious Parisian delicacies, beaucoup de breads and pastries, an array of other French cuisine and wine, live performances, international jazz, classical French music and much more. | 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Ave., Santa Barbara, 805/963-8198, frenchfestival.com.
Music Director Scott Yoo leads a group of more than 50 visiting artists gathered from top orchestras and chamber ensembles from the U.S. and abroad in curated performances in scenic venues all over San Luis Obispo County. Yoo, conductor and violinist, also serves as Artistic Director of the Mexico City Philharmonic and the host of a PBS travel/music show in development called Now Hear This. Yoo curates and designs the festival’s programming, which this year focuses on the theme “Music Without Borders,” with an in-depth examination of composers who wrote music away from their native countries. The Festival’s programming is made up of 30 events in 19 different venues. The music of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven will be played alongside Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Elgar, and many more. Listeners can also enjoy Barber, Jennifer Higdon, Guillaume Connesson, and a host of other musical masters in charismatic venues such as Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Serra Chapel in wine country, and the state-of-the-art Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center and more. | Various venues in San Luis Obispo County, 805/781-3009, 877/881-8899, festivalmozaic.com.
Paul Thorn, a standout at last year’s Live Oak Music Festival, returns to the 805 area. Bryan Titus Trio, a local Americana/bluegrass/Roots band that performs to-tapping melodies, accompanies him. | 7:30 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 805/966-4946, lobero.org.
18-21 & 27-Aug. 26
The sunny and funny Mamma Mia! spins and sparkles into the ultimate feel-good smash hit musical for summer. Past and present collide under Mediterranean breezes as the charm and energy of ABBA’s songs propel this enchanting tale of love and family. | Jul. 18-21, Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria; Jul. 27-Aug. 26, Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St, Solvang, 805/922-8313, pcpa.org.
California Wine Festival
Sample pours of hundreds of California’s finest vintage–some entirely new, some old favorites–while enjoying gourmet appetizers, live music and an ocean view at the 15th annual California Wine Festival. | 6:30–9 p.m., various locations around Santa Barbara, 800/936-3126, http://californiawinefestival.com.
19-21 & Aug. 2-4
Central Coast Shakespeare Festival: The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers is an action-packed, timeless tale of love, honor and friendship. This adaptation promises to deliver plenty of swordplay, romance and perhaps a food fight or two! Enjoy food from Beda’s Biergarten or Piemonte’s Deli and wine from Filipponi Ranch Cellars. Each Friday evening performance will also feature live music before the show. | 7:30 p.m., Filipponi Ranch, 1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, 805/903-3567, centralcoastshakespeare.org.
The Marriage of Figaro
Music Academy fellows perform and Giuseppe Mentuccia conducts Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with piano. | 1 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
James Stephenson’s popular Compose Yourself! is a 50-minute showcase for symphony orchestras, designed to introduce young audiences to the wonders of the orchestra. The event engages them in the compositional process, resulting in a unique world premiere created for each and every performance. | 1:30 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
A renowned recitalist, Keenlyside appears regularly in the world’s major concert venues. His English song disc, Songs of War, won the Solo Vocal Award at the 2012 Gramophone Awards. Keenlyside was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2003 and, in 2011, he was honored with Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year Award. | 7:30 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
The day includes a piano competition, a winds, brass and percussions competition, and a string competition. Winners of each Concerto Competition are selected to perform with the Academy Festival Orchestra during the 2019 Summer Festival. | Noon–9:30 p.m. Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.
Lotusland Celebrates: 25 Years!
Lotusland’s signature event, Lotusland Celebrates: 25 years!, the annual fundraising gala, is one of the hottest tickets of Santa Barbara’s summer social scene and is always a sold-out affair. | 3:30–8 p.m., Ganna Walska Lotusland, 695 Ashley Rd., Montecito, 805/969-3767 ext. 109, lotusland.org.
Santa Barbara Greek Festival
Indulge in baklava, gyros and moussaka to your heart’s content at this delicious annual event showcasing the best bounty of Greece and the sights, sounds and tastes of the Mediterranean land. | 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Ave., Santa Barbara, 805/963-8198, santabarbaragreekfestival.org.
Solo Piano Finale
Music Academy Solo Piano Academy fellows take the stage for their last performance of the summer. | 3:15 p.m., Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd., Santa Barbara, 805/969-4726, musicacademy.org.