Fave Five | April 19-29

From local theater and museum exhibits to outdoor concerts and wine tasting, there is so much to see, do, taste and experience in Santa Maria Valley. Every week, we’ll continue to provide you with 5 great events happening in the Santa Maria Valley.

Project Wildsong Featured at the Natural History Museum of Santa Maria

April 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Natural History Museum
412 S. McClelland St.
Santa Maria, CA 93454 United States

Earth Day Weekend will be extra special at the Natural History Museum of Santa Maria as the museum is unveiling a fresh look with a grand re-opening on April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum’s Earth Day Celebration & Spring Boutique will feature a visit from the live wolves, Cael, Damu, Tracer and Renegade, who are related to the wolves in the hit television series Game of Thrones. The wolves are helping promote Project Wildsong, a wildlife preservation program.

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Santa Maria BBQ Festival

April 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pioneer Park
1150 W. Foster Road
Santa Maria, CA 93455 United States

Witness a barbecue competition reminiscent of an Old West “quick draw” as barbecue professionals compete for the “Branding Iron” award while amateurs square off for the “Best Backyard Cook” at the second annual Santa Maria Barbecue Festival Brews and Cues event on April 21 at Pioneer Park from noon to 5 p.m. Sample the barbecue fare and vote for your favorite “cuers” while enjoying desserts, a variety of beverages and beer from more than 20 craft breweries. Live music, a kids’ corner and specialty merchandise vendors will also be on hand. This event benefits Santa Maria’s Kiwanis for Kids program.

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36th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival

April 21 @ 1:00 pm
River Park
CA-246 & Sweeney Rd
Lompoc, CA 93436 United States

Please mark your calendars for the 36th Anniversary of Santa Barbara Wine Country’s Vintners Festival to be held on Saturday, April 21, from 1-4pm in the bucolic River Park in Lompoc, CA. Guests can taste wines from over 100 wineries, meet winemakers and winery owners, savor gourmet food from 30 regional restaurants and chefs, hear live music, drink sparkling wine in the Bubble Lounge, sample organic foods from the best local farmers and foragers, and watch live cooking demonstrations.

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

April 26 @ 7:00 pm – May 13 @ 1:30 pm
Pacific Conservatory Theatre
870 South Bradley
Santa Maria, CA 93454 United States

Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, is held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo. He escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd for the Feast of Fools, only to be treated cruelly by all except the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda.

A sweeping score and powerful story make this truly unforgettable musical an instant classic.

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31st Annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival

April 27 @ 11:00 am – April 29 @ 10:00 pm
Santa Maria Fairpark
937 S. Thornburg St.
Santa Maria, CA 93458 United States

The Santa Maria Valley’s uniquely moderate coastal climate is a perfect match for many crops, the most colorful of which are strawberries. This spring, the popular fruit finds its ultimate showcase from April 27 through April 29 during the Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival at the Santa Maria Fairpark. This family-friendly berry bash features strawberry varietal sampling, strawberry desserts, educational exhibits, a farmers market, a petting zoo, eating contests, live music and old-fashioned carnival entertainment. This year’s festival theme is “A Berry Good Time.”

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