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Who’s ready for summer in Santa Barbara? Bursting with outdoor adventure and vibrant festivals, featuring the best of Santa Barbara wine, food, music and entertainment, we can’t think of a better time to visit.
Here’s your guide to can’t-miss June events in Santa Barbara:
The long summer days of June make for the perfect time to explore the Channel Islands National Park with Santa Barbara Adventure Company. Wake up early and don’t waste a second on the untouched landscape of the islands. Morning ferries leave at 8am, making sure you’ll have plenty of time to kayak the sea caves, hike to Cavern Point and snorkel the turquoise marine waters. If you’re wanting to spend more than a day, and further grow your ocean kayaking skills, camping on the islands is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep under the stars and will allow for an early departure for the Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak Tour. During this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Potato Harbor, a less visited and more rugged area of the Park that allows for a truly breathtaking and memorable experience.
You’re in luck, by using the promo code, ISLANDTIME2, you’ll save $10 when you book your Sea Cave Kayaking tour 2 weeks in advance.
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Let the sounds of classical music play you all the way to Santa Barbara this June. Now in its milestone year, Music Academy of the West is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of its annual Summer Festival. Beginning on June 12th, this summer-long celebration (ending August 5th) is filled with dazzling concerts and master classes, totaling over 200 events and 10 world premieres. Featuring six different series, Academy Festival Orchestra, Picnic Concert Series, Festival Artists Series, Orchestra Plus, Vocal Masterclass and Solo Piano Masterclass, Music Academy of the West’s Summer Festival is the largest music event in Santa Barbara’s history and one you surely don’t want to miss.
To start the harmonic occasion, we’d recommend enjoying a picnic in the beautiful atmosphere of the Academy’s Miraflores campus, before entering Hahn Hall for a magical evening featuring Takács Quartet, the first event of the Picnic Concert Series. Bringing the family? No problem. Kids ages 1-17 receive free admission to every Music Academy event with a ticketed adult. Just be sure to order online, in person or by phone.
Raise your glass and cheers to the 30th Annual Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival. Don’t be fooled by the name change, this is still the same delicious wine-centric festival that returns each year to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. With its growing popularity as a prominent wine festival in Santa Barbara, local food has become a staple in this event and sparked a refresh in the event’s name for its 30th celebration.
Held each year under a grove of oak trees, this must-attend festival showcases the best of Santa Barbara County’s viticultural and culinary scenes, with some 70 participating wineries and more than two dozen food vendors. This year sees the return of Sparkling Way (an alley of local sparkling wines) and the VIP Redwood Lounge. Cheers!
The 43rd Annual Summer Solstice Celebration kicks off the summer season with a brilliant explosion of creative energy on Saturday June 24th, nearest the longest day of the year. Exuberantly decorated non-motorized floats, 1,000 imaginatively costumed participants, bands, dance, and drum ensembles parade up State Street from the waterfront to Alameda Park, where the party continues with more music, food, and arts-and-crafts booths. Not only is Summer Solstice an over-the-top fun-fest, it’s the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, drawing 100,000 spectators.
After spending a few days along the beaches of Santa Barbara, get dressed in your most colorful sundresses and espadrilles, seersucker suits and boat shoes, to spend a day at the polo fields. If there’s ever an occasion to wear your largest summer hat, it’s Sunday Polo at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club! Each Sunday during the month of June (and all summer long), head to the polo fields for a day of exhilarating competition at one of the most prestigious equestrian venues on the West Coast. Nestled between the Pacific Coast Ocean and the Southern California foothills, watch the heart pumping action of a Polo match, as you socialize under the sunshine. Enjoy the time old tradition of the Divot Stomp, just like in the movies, as you get to walk onto the field during half-time and replace the divots put into the grass by the horses’ hooves.
New this season, stay after the match for the “Overtime Party,” a social after-party beginning immediately following the trophy presentation in the main clubhouse and on the field, where you’ll enjoy dancing and live entertainment.