A royal gathering is among the events this weekend in Santa Barbara. Blues, jazz and more music are also on the calendar.
“Wear a tiara, save a frog” is the motto of the Santa Barbara Zoo’s annual Princess Day celebration, which is so popular that it is now held on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Frog kissing is not required at this fun and festive excuse to draw attention to the many frogs, toads and other amphibians facing possible extinction. Get up close with the zoo’s Colorado River toad, milky frog, marine toad, aquatic box turtle and bearded dragon, among others.
Young royalty are encouraged to don tiaras, step into glass slippers and wear their finest sparkly ball gowns to meet costumed princesses like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, along with mermaids and fairy-tale characters. There also will be crafts, face painting, a dance party and makeovers. Free with zoo admission. (962-5339, www.sbzoo.org)
Forty and fabulous
The Santa Barbara Blues Society celebrates 40 with a Gala Birthday Show on Saturday at the Carrillo Recreation Center (100 E. Carrillo St.). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the Delgado Brothers hit the stage at 7:30 for two, long, danceable sets. The siblings from East L.A. beat out more than 150 bands to win the 2016 International Blues Challenge, where Joey D. was also named the Albert King Best Guitarist. Their sound is hard to categorize: Latin blues comes the closest. Many surprise guests are expected to “sit in” and play. Also enjoy birthday cake, barbecue snacks, an outdoor patio and the spring-loaded dance floor. Tickets are $30 general admission or $40 for VIP seating in front of the stage plus a free drink. (722-8155, www.sbblues.org)
The Santa Barbara Jazz Society presents the Hollywood Jazz Quartet, featuring the amazing musician George Young, at SOhO on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Young swings in all genres -- fusion, rock, swing, and bebop -- and plays 10 instruments. He’s a famed studio musician, playing with George Benson and Ron Carter, to name just two, is heard on the soundtracks of many films and TV shows and played sax in the Saturday Night Live band for six years. Hearing him live -- that’s “where it’s at!” Tickets are $25 for nonmembers. Upstairs at 1221 State St. (962-7776, www.sohosb.com)
Rita Wilson is one talented lady: actress (“Sleepless in Seattle”), film producer (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Mamma Mia”), Broadway star (“Chicago”), and now, singer-songwriter. On Saturday at 8 p.m., she appears at the Granada Theatre along with some pretty impressive collaborators.
Billy Steinberg co-wrote hits “Like a Virgin,” “True Colors” and “So Emotional.” Richard Marx, who co-wrote “Say Yes” for the 2016 release “Rita Wilson,” had hits of his own (1987’s “Endless Summer Nights”) and wrote the 1988 Grammy-winning Best Song “Dance With My Father.” MoZella penned Miley Cyrus’ smashing “Wrecking Ball.” Hear them perform and share stories. Tickets are $29 to $64. (899-2222, www.granadasb.org)