It’s time to reinvent what it means to go on a spring getaway to Santa Barbara with the family this weekend.
1. Princess Weekend/Save the Frogs
April 14, 2018 - April 15, 2018/ Recurring Daily
Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and other princesses in person as they help celebrate frogs. There are frog-inspired crafts, games, and special animal appearances. All costumed princesses welcome – as are knights, pirates, and cowboys. Learn how zoos and aquariums are working to save the world’s threatened amphibians.
2. The Loyal League: Images from Japan’s Enduring Tale of Samurai Honor and Revenge
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA
The Loyal League of 47 samurai, or commonly known in Japan as Chūshingura (literally The Treasury of Loyal Retainers), is the most significant samurai loyalty-revenge story. It has come to encompass a historical incident and all subsequent related theatrical, literary, and visual materials. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection and supplemented with private loans, this exhibition examines the wide-ranging pictorial representations of the drama Chūshingura in the flourishing ukiyo (floating-world) woodblock prints and illustrated books, and paintings from the late 18th through the 19th centuries. Images range from stage-like representations to landscape prints with incidental but identifiable figures, from theatrical figural stances to bust-portraits glorifying individual heroes or actors. The works in the exhibition include prints by ukiyo-e print artists Utamaro, Toyokuni, Hokusai, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Kunisada, and paintings by Kinkoku and Nichōsai.
3. Farmers Market Foodie Stroll & Gourmet Dinner with Chef Greg Murphy
Recurring Weekly (Saturday)
9 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA
The original “Santa Barbara Wine Country” restaurant, Bouchon Santa Barbara searches for the freshest, most local ingredients available. The wine list features local treasures that complement the seasonal, ingredient-driven menu.
A warm and inviting ambience, professional yet friendly service combine to create the most authentic regional dining experience in Santa Barbara. Wine Spectator Magazine “Award of Excellence” recipient.
4. Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara & Kids Draw Architecture
1100 Anacapa Street
Join the second Kids Draw Architecture Sketch Session of the year at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse!Sessions are FREE and drawing materials will be provided.
Local architects, artists, designers, and volunteers will be on hand to offer guidance. We encourage all to come. Bring your children, your nieces, your nephews, your granddaughters, your grandsons and enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon outdoors.
5. Byways Exhibition
Recurring Weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday Saturday
517 Laguna St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Explore Byways as adventures in seeing the landscape through the eyes of the painter and photographer: driving along a country road bisected by lines and sharp curves, grey asphalt relieved by bunchgrass and lines of distant cottonwoods; walking beside calm canal waters on leaf-strewn paths under sycamores; finding the shade-dappled winding way through woods, not knowing what’s around the bend; making a beaten path through tall grass to the cliff’s edge. In these paintings, the journey is as important as the destination.
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