Calendar of Events

While the rest of the country is gearing up for winter, Santa Barbara’s warm days continue well into November, making visitors wonder if summer ever really left.

Can't Miss Events

8th Annual Santa Barbara Chowder Fest

Chowder Fest is Santa Barbara’s only competition, food festival, and wine and beer tasting event all in one! The Santa Barbara Chowder Fest will bring together some of the area’s best eateries to complete for the overall title of Santa Barbara Chowder Champion, and for the first time this year, there will also be a chili competition!


Outpost at The Goodland warms up to fall with their third annual Ramenfest where Santa Barbara’s top restaurant teams will come together to put forth their best ramen recipes.  This friendly competition will offer a taste of a variety of ramen, from the traditional to the unique, for the public’s “Ramen King of Santa Barbara” vote.

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

The James Beard Foundation brings a taste of what happens at the James Beard House in New York City to more than 20 cities across the country each year, including Santa Barbara. Our Santa Barbara dinner is a one-night-only, multi-course dinner with wine pairings, featuring a diverse group of JBF Award winners and local chefs.

65th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

More than 65,000 spectators line State Street each year in anticipation of Santa Barbara’s only nighttime parade. Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature Downtown Santa Barbara event brings a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and more.

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