Santa Barbara International
Orchid Show
March 10-12, 2023

Thanks to all for a great show!


Orchids – The Adventure Returns

March 10-12, 2023!

9 AM to 5 PM

The Show returns in person  from 9 AM to 5 PM Friday March 10, Saturday March 11, and Sunday March 12 indoors at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, located at highway 101 and Los Positas! Marvel at the displays in the Exhibit Pavilion, browse the Art Show, delight in the floral arrangements, learn from the potting demonstrations, and buy an orchid to take home from the Vendor Hall. Download our show flyer to share with your friends and orchid clubs. The Show is open rain or shine. All exhibits and plant sales are indoors.

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Orchids – A World of Adventurevirtually

For a glimpse of our magnificent Show in March of 2020, sadly cancelled by COVID-19 before it could open, view our YouTube video or Facebook video. Watch a timelapse of the Show’s multi-day installation. Learn about the History of the Show from the American Orchid Society magazine.

Your virtual tour of past shows…

Enjoy Huell Howser’s classic tour of the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and the California Orchid Trail, courtesy of the Chapman College archives.

Support the Show!

The 2020 Show had been completely installed when the Show Board made the difficult decision to cancel before opening day to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The Show was at its most beautiful…and at the point of greatest expenditure. No visitors could attend the show; no tickets were sold at the door; all online ticket purchases were refunded.

Now the Show asks for help from our orchid friends as we move into an uncertain future. Please consider making a tax deductible donation in support of world of beauty that nourishes the hearts and minds of all of us. Or contact us about becoming a Show Sponsor!

YOU can help the Show evolve into the future! Donations large and small are urgently needed to support the Show in creating new traditions for orchid lovers!

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show exists to bring the joy of orchids to everyone with its internationally recognized displays of orchids in all their exuberant beauty. In addition to educating the public about the astonishing variety of flowers found in the orchid family, the Show has provided culture demonstrations, sponsored orchid art and floral arrangements, and partnered with other non-profit organizations that support orchid conservation in the wild.

Orchids Online

Please support our orchid nurseries and vendors by visiting their websites. Be sure to contact the nursery ahead of any in-person visit, as some are still mail-order only or open only by appointment.

California Orchid Trail Map

The local nurseries of Santa Barbara county are on the California Orchid Trail Map or visit the California Orchid Trail website.

2023 SBIOS Flyer

About Us

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious orchid shows in the United States, reflecting the rich agricultural and orchid-growing history of Santa Barbara County. Visitors from all over the world return each March to delight in our grand orchid displays installed by local, national and international artisans and orchid enthusiasts. Exhibits of orchid art, photography and floral arrangements, in addition to a comprehensive workshop and demonstration schedule, provide visitors with a rich and unique orchid experience.

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with the purpose of sharing the joy of the orchid world and educating the public about orchids via its annual Show in March. Support the Show with your tax-deductible donation.

Our Sponsors

Our Sponsors help make this Community Event possible. Thank you!