Plan Your Visit to the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
This March 13-15, you can experience one of the top orchid shows in the world, the 75th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, at the Earl Warren Showgrounds! Join an international community of growers and enthusiasts in exploring one of the largest and best collections of exotic orchids in the world.
About the Event
Named “one of the top orchid shows in the world” by the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Barbara Orchid Show is known for its stunning exhibits, orchid-inspired art, floral arrangements and interesting demonstrations. Visitors have the chance to travel through a world of displays, each featuring their own unique orchid species. But, many of these flowers aren’t just for admiring – expect a wide variety of orchids available for purchase as well!
Tickets to the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
Daily general admission to the Orchid Show is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and free for children ages 12 and under. Visitors can purchase tickets online in advance (avoid the long lines) or at the box office on any day of the event. If you want to take your time exploring all the show has to offer, opt for a 3-Day Pass. It’s $22 for adults and $18 for seniors and students.
Orchids After Dark
Along with the main event, this year’s Orchid Show will also feature a special mini event on Mar 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. called Orchids After Dark. Throughout the evening, visitors can meet the Grand Marshall, peruse the show without the crowds and take photos of exhibits while also enjoying food, drink and entertainment. Tickets to Orchids After Dark are $35 for adults and $20 for students.
History of Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
An interest in orchids first peaked in Santa Barbara in the early 1900s, when wealthy industrialists traveled to the area’s spas and resorts to escape harsh winters. Many of these visitors eventually turned into residents, building impressive estates and hiring world-class horticulturists to design their elaborate gardens filled with (you guessed) gorgeous orchids. Exotic orchid varieties grew in popularity and inspired the first Orchid Show, organized in 1945. Over the years, the show has grown into one of the top orchid shows in the world.
Stay at the Nearby Inn at East Beach
Complement your time at the International Orchid Show with an equally enjoyable stay at the Inn at East Beach. At Inn at East Beach, guests can enjoy a first-class experience, without the first-class cost. Choose from 33 spacious guest rooms, each equipped with comfortable amenities and stylish décor.
This spring, don’t miss one of the largest events in Santa Barbara! And as you plan your trip to the International Orchid Show, make sure to secure your stay in the nearby Inn at East Beach.
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
Where: Earl Warren Showgrounds | 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
When: March 13-15 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE TO STAY
Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546
Spanish Garden Inn
A stylish boutique hotel surrounded by fresh foliage and adorned with hand-painted art. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.564.4700