May Datebook & Calendar of Events

Posted on Apr 27 by SEASONS Magazine

Seasonal events, happenings and things to do for May 2016

Santa Barbara Jewish Festival, photo by Laura Wyatt

Santa Barbara Jewish Festival, photo by Laura Wyatt

May 1

Santa Barbara Jewish Festival

Beautiful Oak Park comes alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of Israel and Jewish culture at this bold and vibrant piece of Santa Barbara’s rich mosaic of ethnic celebrations. A wide variety of live music artists on two stages, as well as Mediterranean and Jewish cuisine, permeate the air. | 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Ave. 805/957-1115,

May 1

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Under the direction of Jakub Hruša, this legendary orchestra returns for its yearly visit to the CAMA International Series. A program of Mussorgsky, Grieg and Janácek, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano, showcases LA Philharmonic’s ability to redefine contemporary orchestral music. | 4 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

May 1

David Sedaris

David Sedaris returns to Santa Barbara to delight us with hilarious anecdotes, exclusive writing and excerpts from his best-selling books. His hilarious satire and engaging storytelling have won him an avid following across the globe. Stick around after the show for his epic book signing, which has become the stuff of legends in itself: He might just put you in one of his next stories. | 7 p.m. Arlington Theater, 1317 State St. 805/963-4408,


Courtesy Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

May 1

Cultivating the Wild

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden brings its Native Gardens Tour home with a special 90th birthday celebration of the facility’s new gardens, native plant species and more. | 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. 805/682-4726,

May 2

Yuja Wang

Musical prodigy and pianist Yuja Wang is praised for her eloquence and talent. The world-famous artist has received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant for her exemplary performances. | 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

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Courtesy Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

May 7

Foodbank Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

Wine country becomes “run” country at this annual half marathon, where participants raise money for Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Race begins at Sagunto St. in downtown Santa Ynez and ends with a post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park. | 7 a.m.–noon. Throughout Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley.

May 7

American Music on Tour

Preparing for their tour in England and competition at the Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, Quire of Voyces shares the best of American acapella music this spring by performing traditional and new works that honor the rich history of sacred and folk music. | 7 p.m. St. Anthony’s Chapel, Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. 805/965-5935,

May 9

The Age of Innocence

The Elmer Bernstein Memorial Series, presented by the Granada Theatre, with Jon Burlingame as series curator. Designed to feature films with great cinematic scores, the film series will screen The Age of Innocence, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring renown artists Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder. | 7 p.m.–9 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222,


Temple Grandin, courtesy photo

May 10

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is one of the world’s 100 most influential people, according to TIME magazine. The accomplished author and scholar has more than 400 articles to her name. Grandin is the best-selling author of several books, an advocator for autism awareness and the world’s most well-known adult with autism. | 8 p.m. The Granada Theater, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

May 11

Jonathan Awards

Crescend Health (formerly Phoenix of Santa Barbara) presents a very special evening celebrating the life of Jonathan Winters, who, in the face of significant psychiatric challenges, turned his struggles into a triumphant life. | 6 p.m. El Encanto Hotel, 800 Alvarado Pl. 805/963-7777,

May 12

Mischa Maisky

Having studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, Mischa Maisky has been trained by some of the best cellists who ever lived and is himself one of the most brilliant cellists of his generation. His technique and talent have won him praise across the globe. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

May 13


Join Santa Barbara Tennis Club for EDGE, a 2nd Fridays Art event, featuring artists Penny Arntz and Rebecca Clark. This mother daughter duo use different mediums to explore their shared, but different visions for the term EDGE. | 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Santa Barbara Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill Rd., 805/683-4722,

May 14

Betty Oberacker

Don’t miss Betty Oberacker on piano as she performs Mozart’s “Variations on a Theme of Gluck K. 455” and Schubert’s “Sonata in B-flat, D. 960f.” | 3 p.m. Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. 805/687-4266


Pablo Sainz-Villegas, courtesy Granada Theatre

May 14

Best of Classical Guitar

Revel in the best of classical guitar with conductor Nir Kabaretti and Pablo Sainz-Villegas on guitar. Santa Barbara Symphony’s last show of the season is a musical treat and an opportunity for people to rediscover the brilliant work of film composer and Santa Barbara resident Elmer Bernstein. | 8 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. 805/899-2222,

May 14

Women’s Literary Festival

A literary festival to celebrate women authors and their diverse life experiences, the event brings readers and writers together with a day of interactive presentations and book signings. | Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., 8:30 a.m.–3:30 pm.,

May 15

Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour

A specially chosen tour takes guests through some of the most distinctive homes in Santa Barbara, including four cottages designed by the Moody sisters and inspired by their favorite English fairy tales.These homes are a vital part of our local history, so register early for this day of sightseeing, history and fun. Refreshments are included. | 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 805/961-3938,

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Thirteen Days, courtesy photo

May 16

Thirteen Days

A Movies That Matter selection, Thirteen Days tells the story of the Cuban missile crisis that brought the world to the brink of war in October 1962. Starring Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood and Shawn Driscoll, the film will have audience members at the edge of their seats. | 7 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222,

May 17

Alessio Bax

The return of Alessio Bax marks the end of Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra’s spring season with Schumann’s “Piano Concerto in A Minor” and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5.” | 7:30 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

May 19

Joie de Vivre: Tri-County Juried Exhibition

Join Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art for the annual tri-county juried exhibition, featuring art from artists living and working in the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. This year’s theme is “Joie de Vivre.” | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd. 805/565-6162,


Jimmer Podrasky, courtesy the Lobero

May 21

Jimmer Podrasky

Jimmer Podrasky is best known as the frontman/songwriter for The Rave-Ups, whose EPs and albums like The Book of Your Regrets still have a devoted following more than 20 years after their release. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

May 22

“Hands On!” Music Festival

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony invites community members of all ages to experiment with orchestral instruments, dance on a massive keyboard and enjoy other musical fun at the first-ever “Hands On!” Music Festival, a free celebration in the Lobero Theatre courtyard. | noon–4 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761,

May 22

Alla en El Rancho Grande

The Granada Theatre presents Alla en El Rancho Grande, considered to be the film that started the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. The film tells the dramatic story of two friends who fall in love and compete for the attention of the same woman. | 3-5 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/899-2222,


Courtesy I Madonnari Festival

May 28-30

I Madonnari Festival

Memorial Day weekend brings the colorful I Madonnari Festival of Italian street painting to the Old Mission. The pavement blossoms with vibrant pastels for these three days, as artists create dazzling works that delight visitors year after year. Not only is the festival beautiful, but all proceeds benefit Children’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program that serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. |The Santa Barbara Mission, Laguna St. and Los Olivos St.,

May 30

Memorial Day Service

Special services are held at Santa Barbara Cemetery by Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum and Library to commemorate our veterans and their families. | 10 a.m.–noon. Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Dr.

All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit


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