Treat yourself (and your taste buds) to a Santa Barbara getaway this October, when locals and visitors gather at festivals and culinary takes center stage. Grab a front-row seat as local fishermen kick-off the beginning of lobster season and winemakers rejoice with the success of a fruitful harvest. We invite you to celebrate with reckless abandon this October.

When visiting Santa Barbara this fall, take the stress out of traveling and fly to the convenient and accessible Santa Barbara Airport. With daily, nonstop flights from Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, Seattle and San Francisco, arrive in Santa Barbara carefree and just minutes from downtown.

So, in the name of all things delicious, take that extra bite, have one more sip of wine and savor your vacation just a little longer with this list of popular October events and festivals. After all, you deserve it.


Before the foodie fun of October begins, lend your ears for the Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration. This modern guitar festival invites music fans of all interests to embrace the craft and art of music making. During this festival, various locations around Santa Barbara will host instrumental concerts, master classes, and an Acoustic Trade Show where you can purchase some of the world’s finest handmade instruments directly from the builders.


grassini-family-vineyards-lesleymurphySpend four glorious days frolicking through the vineyards during Santa Barbara Vintners Association’s Celebration of Harvest. Quite literally, this signature fall festival pays tribute to the bounty of the year’s harvest, during which vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to pour their wines and share tales.

Throughout the weekend, attend winery events ranging from winemaker dinners to barrel tastings, all leading up to the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 8. Taste the different varietals of six unique winegrowing areas, featuring nearly 100 wineries that call Santa Barbara County home. In addition, live music, cooking demos and almost two dozen restaurants and food providers will be in attendance to complete the experience.

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Grab your best-buds, it’s going to be one fun fall afternoon of phenomenal micro-brews, food and tunes at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival. Attendees will receive a tasting glass and the opportunity to cruise the beautiful grounds of Elings Park, sampling the best brewers in the west. Plus, your ticket purchase helps support two local Santa Barbara nonprofits, so you can feel good about it to boot.

If you’re not in the mood for beer, don’t worry. Wine and cider will also be available for tasting.


santa-barbara-sea-urchin-seastephaniefishIn Santa Barbara, seafood is our specialty. At the first glimmer of sunlight in the Harbor, local fishermen have already been hard at work bringing in their fresh catch from the Santa Barbara Channel. Does the thought of crab, lobster, mussels and oysters whet your appetite? If so, you’re in luck at the Harbor & Seafood Festival. Did you know Santa Barbara sea urchin are a delicacy. Treat your taste buds to freshly cracked uni, before hopping on a free boat ride around the Harbor.

At the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival, meet the fishermen themselves and get a first-hand look (and taste) as seafood makes it from boat deck to your plate. Bring your appetite! This annual event also happens to coincide with lobster season. Tip: Arrive early before crowds swoop up the good stuff.


A whole festival dedicated to chowder? The Santa Barbara Chowder Festival is now in its seventh delicious year, where attendees get to relish in savory-goodness as the area’s best restaurants and chefs compete for the title of “Best Chowder in Santa Barbara.” Also in attendance are local wineries and breweries, sampled alongside live music, and both silent and live auctions. Last year’s winner was Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Don’t miss out on the crowning of this year’s “Chowder Champ.”

Featured October Events

Norah Jones with special guest Valerie June


Norah Jones has announced the October 7 global release of Day Breaks (Blue Note Records), her stunning sixth solo album which is a kindred spirit to the singer’s breakout debut Come Away With Me and finds the 9-time GRAMMY-winner returning to…

Maceo Parker with The Jones Family Singers


Legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the soul of funk music. A key member in shaping the scene, he played alongside icons like James Brown, George Clinton and Prince; it’s almost impossible to separate which came first, Maceo Parker or…

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet


For over three decades on the concert stage, the members of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have continually set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially redefining themselves in…

Jimmy Eat World


Jimmy Eat World will kick off their 2016 Tour with a handful of special and intimate fan shows including a stop at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara on Friday, October 28 at 8:00 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 9 at 10:00 AM via…

Sabrina Carpenter


Though she’s established a rabid international fanbase by playing rebellious Maya Hart on the popular Girl Meets World, music remains Sabrina Carpenter’s first love. The Los Angeles-based multitalented singer/songwriter, who has played…

Paint in the Vineyard at Ca’Del Grevino


Are you looking for something unique to do in the Santa Barbara County Wine Country? Why not join us at the gorgeous Ca’Del Grevino Vineyard in Santa Maria to grab a glass of wine and a paintbrush?! Our painting in the vineyard…

5th Annual Blushoween: Halloween at Blush


Blush Restaurant + Lounge presents its 5th Annual Blushoween!Join us Saturday, October 29th for a spooktacular night of:Food & drink specialsLive entertainmentCostume contests$1,000 in prizesAnd a must wait to see special celebrity guest judge!…

Boocara Family Dance Party


In celebration of the most spooktacular time of year, Bacara Resort & Spa is pleased to present our annual Halloween party, the Boocara Family Dance Party!Boocara takes place on Sunday, October 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and includes:- DJ for…

Ramada Santa Barbara

Nestled amid lush gardens, a fresh-water lagoon, and colorful koi ponds, stay at the award-winning Ramada Santa Barbara during the month of October. Mention Visit Santa Barbara and you’ll receive 20% off all rooms*. To redeem, call direct at 800-654-1965.

*Certain restrictions and blackout dates do apply

Special Offers

When planning your trip to Santa Barbara, let us help to sweeten your stay. From lodging to one-of-a-kind experiences, view our list of special offers. With countless ways to stay and play, each of these offers will give you plenty of reasons to come back again and again.

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