Events + Festivals
It’s the spring and summer seasons in Santa Barbara and the social calendar is warming up! From weekly fun runs to concerts in the park, colorful parades and wine tastings, there’s an array of enticing festivals and events to lure you out and about.
24-25: Enjoy a variety of activities, including live music, pie-eating contests, rides, arts and crafts vendors and tasty lemon desserts, along with the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show and the ever-popular Safety Street. 805.967.2500, Lemonfestival.com
1: A celebration of local architecture and cultural identity, as it highlights the extraordinary architectural legacy in Santa Barbara This year’s theme is “Spirit of Santa Barbara - Past and Present”. Tour seven sites including historical structures and contemporary buildings. 805.966.4198, aiasb.com
7-10: Carpinteria is host to one of the largest free festivals in California. The “Avofest” offers up a premier live music line-up, great food, arts and crafts and the world’s largest vat of guacamole! 805.684.0038, avofest.com
7-10: Wineries, tasting rooms, and vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County share their 2016 harvest with winemaker dinners, open houses, parties, and more. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival Grand Tasting, held on Saturday, October 8 from 1-4 at Old Mission Santa Inés in Solvang. 805.688.0881, celebrationofharvest.com
15: This signature autumn event is held in Santa Barbara’s main harbor and marks the opening of lobster season. Meet local fishermen and enjoy locally-caught seafood, live entertainment, marine related demonstrations and other family-oriented activities. Admission is free. 805.897.1961, harborfestival.org
2: Usher in the season with a contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, local personalities, and of course, the arrival of Santa Claus. 6:30pm, 805.962.2098, downtownsb.org
11: Beginning at 3pm with a visit to Santa’s Village at the Santa Barbara Harbor. The boat parade starts at 5:30 pm, followed by a fireworks show launched from West Beach at around 6:30pm. The best viewing is from Stearns Wharf or the harbor. 805.564.5530, santabarbaraca.gov
1-17: Showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over 200 films, including 50+ U.S. premieres and 25+ world premieres are screened annually. The festival consistently attracts and honors the brightest stars and most accomplished leaders in the industry. For more information and tickets go to sbiff.org.
25: A fun opportunity for individuals and teams to take a dip into the chilly ocean Pacific and raise funds for Special Olympics Southern California. The event starts with a warm pancake breakfast cooked up by Santa Barbara County firefighters and ends with an icy plunge! 805.884.1516, sosc.org/santabarbara