Planned social activities:

1. BBQ at the Munger residence (together with the Suspension Program),
Sunday February 25th at 5pm,
cost: 20 Dollars per person, please email Romain at
if you would like to attend.

2. ”City of Conversation” a play at the Ensemble Theater Company, range of dates available, tickets at

Local Events recommended by Workshop Participants and their Families:

(1) Farmer's Market in downtown Santa Barbara, Saturdays 8:30 am - 1pm
Location: corner of Cota St and Santa Barbara St

(2) First Thursday: an evening of art, culture and wine tasting in downtown SB
First Thursday, of each month
1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment from 5-8pm. 1st Thursday venues feature attractions such as art openings, live music, artists' receptions, lectures, wine tastings and hands-on activities.
Note: Transportation is easy via Bus 24X.

One option is to join the "Art Crawl" group to tour the galleries with an expert guide. Participation is free. Details:
The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with Downtown Santa Barbara, will lead a curated Art Crawl through 1st Thursday festivities. The Art Crawl starts at 5:30 pm in de la Guerra Plaza on the back steps of City Hall (735 Anacapa Street, then head around to the back).

You can get there on the 24X bus that leaves Elings Hall at 4:38PM and arrives at the Transit Center at 5PM. From there it's a 10 minute walk to 735 Anacapa St.

(3) Art/Photography exhibit "Exposed!" Jewish Federation Center Santa Barbara, opening event
January 21st 2018, 1pm-3pm. The exhibit stays open for a couple of months after that.
Location: 524 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

(4) For families with kids:
Winter Faire Family Event, February 10th, 2018, 12pm-5pm, Waldorf School, Santa Barbara,
Location: 7421 Mirano Drive, Goleta, CA 93117

(5) Visit Channel Islands National Park, for more information see here:

Past Workshop Events:
IMPROVABILITY improv troup, Embarcadero Hall Friday February 16th at 8PM. Must arrive early (about 7:40PM) to get tickets in person, $3. This group performs most Friday evenings.
Happy Hour at the Munger Residence bar, Thursday February 15th, at 7:30pm
Happy Hour at the Munger Residence Bar, Friday Feb 9 at 9PM
Dinner out at Pattaya Thai Restaurant, 6:30PM on Wednesday, Feb 7, 5918 Hollister Ave, Goleta
Margarita party at the bar in the Munger residence, Tuesday February 6th at 8:30pm
Superbowl Watch Party, Sunday February 4th, at 3:30pm, basement of the Munger Residence
Low key BBQ dinner at the Munger residence, Saturday February 3rd, 7pm
Trip to the SB Farmers Market, then 3 mile hiking tour to inspiration point and back, and afterwards lunch at "The Daily Grind" in Santa Barbara, Saturday February 3rd, leaving from Munger Residence at 10 am
Sailing, Saturday February 3rd, leave at 11:30 am from Santa Barbara Harbor
First Thursday: an evening of art, culture and wine tasting in downtown SB, Thursday, Feb 1
BBQ with the Dense Suspensions group, Jan 31 at 6:30PM at the Munger Residence
Happy Hour, Friday January 19th, 6:30pm, at the Munger Residence
Pizza Dinner, Thursday January 18th, 6pm drinks and snacks, 7pm pizza at the Munger Residence
Happy Hour, Friday January 12th, 6pm at the Munger Residence
Pingpong matches Wednesday evening, January 10th 2018 at 8pm at the Munger Residence
Mexican Dinner, Tuesday January 9th, 2018 at the Munger Residence
BBQ Dinner Friday January 5th 2018 at the Munger Residence
Downtown Santa Barbara restaurant and gallery visit Thursday evening January 4th 2018


See the KITP Social Wiki for lots of ideas, and please join it if you'd like to contribute!

Area Restaurants

Arnoldi's Cafe - Little Italian restaurant in historic stone building from 1930's with seating and bocce ball out back.

Beachside Bar & Cafe, down the hill from KITP overlooking Goleta beach.

The Boathouse - Seafood place right on Hendry's beach.

Brewhouse - Pretty much what you expect - beer and hearty food. For large groups, they require a pre-selected menu with only 4 entree choices.

Carlitos - Nice Mexican restaurant on State Street.

Edomasa - Sushi.

Olio Pizzeria - Highest rated pizza place in town, but kind of pricey (up to $20 for individual pie).

Opal - California/Fusion.

Trattoria Vittoria - Italian. Will only take large groups either early (before 5:30) or late (after 8:00).

Farmers’ Markets

Saturdays - downtown 8:30am - 1pm
corner of Cota St and Santa Barbara St

Sundays - Goleta 10am - 2pm
Camino Real Marketplace
(SW of Hollister Rd and Storke Rd intersection)


Chaucer’s Books
3321 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Hiking around Santa Barbara

Those interested in hikes around Santa Barbara please sign up here (for an indication of interest) -- Sri

Interested in hikes:
Sri Sastry
Karen Daniels

Local Events


The Met: Live in HD

  • The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts HD simulcasts of operas to movie theaters all over the world. The live performances are Saturday matinees in New York, so they start here at 9:55am and are shown locally at the historic Arlington Theater in downtown SB and, in a smaller venue at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito. It will be rebroadcast again at Hahn Hall at 6:00pm on Saturday and at 2:00pm on Sunday.

Jazz & Folk Music

  • SB has but one place that features jazz and folk: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club .They have decent food if you want to eat before/during a performance.

Sport Activities

  • If you are interested in swimming/running/weightlifting or playing some sports like table tennis or soccer, you may wish to join UCSB's Recreation Center. KITP visitors pay the Community rate.


Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Weds, Jan 31 - Sat, Feb 10)

  • Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.

Santa Barbara Theaters

UCSB Arts and Lectures... event listing at