Fall in love with November in Santa Barbara with activities for every traveler—the outdoorsy and active bunch, self-proclaimed foodies, live music- and entertainment-lovers—and everyone in between. Bask under the full moon with yoga accompanied with a rejuvenating sound bath, browse antiques and vintage wares at the Santa Barbara Antique Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale or spend the afternoon exploring (and sipping) at world-renowned vineyards within Santa Barbara wine country.
With so many ways to sip and savor your way through fall in The American Riviera®, these events and activities are sure to make for an unforgettable trip.
There’s no shortage of local events happening, and November starts off strong with the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival (Nov. 2-6), which celebrates Jewish culture, history and identity through the art of film. Grab a post-movie bite at Santa Barbara Public Market from variety of different vendors featuring cuisines from Mexican, Japanese, Thai culture and so much more, or sit down and unwind with a signature cocktail at Benchmark Eatery.
Runners from near and far travel to Santa Barbara to partake in the Santa Barbara Half Marathon (Nov. 6), featuring the 13.1-mile run and a 5K course—both of which start at the iconic Cabrillo Boulevard and end on State Street. Have kids in tow? There’s also a free children’s run, making it a fun, cardio-filled weekend for the whole family. Connect with your inner self this fall with a Full Moon Yoga & Sound Bath hosted by Santa Barbara Beach Yoga (Nov. 8) at the historic Carousel House. Sound healing and meditation, a practice first originating in ancient Tibetan and Himalayan cultures, is a spiritual process involving nature and instruments (and their vibrations) that is practiced under the light of the full moon at this special beachside gathering.
Explore vintage furniture and home décor from decades past at the Santa Barbara Antique Decorative Arts & Vintage Show and Sale at Earl Warren Showgrounds (Nov. 18-20), featuring pieces dating back to the 17th century in addition to rare mid-century gems. The monthly Farmer and the Flea Market is slated for Nov. 26, highlighting locally curated vintage clothing items, noteworthy handmade wares and unique flea market finds at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.
Beginning Nov. 11, the popular holiday popup Miracle brings all things merry and bright to life inside Pearl Social. Step into a world of Christmas with cheery décor, interactive displays and one-of-a-kind festive cocktails.
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Sip on local wine and rock out to the central California band Unfinished Business, which covers staple bands from the rock ’n’ roll era of the ’60s such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Rock ‘n Roll BBQ & Concert at Zaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos (Nov. 11). For the comedy (and ’90s sitcom) fans, head to the Arlington Theatre for Standup Comedy with Jerry Seinfeld (Nov. 11).
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club is bustling with live music shows—featuring a wide variety of genres!—in November, beginning with EVOLFO X OH ROSE with Plastic Harpoons (Nov. 3), The Dip (Nov. 10), Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers and Proxima Parada with The Charities (Nov. 11), Poor Man’s Whiskey with The Goodland (Nov. 12), The Idiomatiques (Nov. 13), Brook & The Bluff (Nov. 16) and closing out the month with DUCKWRTH (Nov. 18).
Over at at the Granada Theatre, here are the shows and performances you don’t want to miss: Back on road, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane takes the stage on Nov. 16 for an evening of modern tunes with a twist from the past. On Nov. 22, international blues artist Joe Bonamassa makes a stop in Santa Barbara with a setlist packed with his well-known classics and new music. Get in the spirit of the holiday season with A Magical Cirque Christmas on Nov. 28 for a dazzling showcase of talented performers and cirque artists.
FALLING FOR LOCAL FOOD & WINE
Get well-acquainted with Santa Barbara wine country at the Taste of Santa Ynez Valley (Nov. 4-6), which highlights activities such as curated wine tastings, chef-driven long table dinners and delectable lunches all weekend long.
Join Winemaker Greg Freeman and Executive Chef Travis Watson for a Winemaker Dinner with Chalone Vineyards on Nov. 17 at Blackbird in the famous Hotel Californian. The evening begins with a meet-and-greet on the patio, followed by an innovative four-course meal made with fresh, local ingredients, each paired perfectly with wines from Chalone Vineyards.
Keep your glass full all month long and let the professionals be your guide when you board a Wine Country Shuttle with Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours, where guests can taste Santa Barbara wine country’s best in vine, best known for its chardonnay and pinot noir. Embark on the three-and-a-half hour foodie adventure, Taste of Santa Barbara Food Walking Tour with Santa Barbara Tasting Tours, which makes stops at six different quintessential Santa Barbara restaurants, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the rich history of Santa Barbara and its culinary past.
Every Tuesday afternoon, Bouchon Santa Barbara Chef Greg Murphy hosts a Farmers Market Foodie Stroll and Gourmet Dinner, where guests are guided in selecting farm-fresh ingredients for a three-course meal prepared by the chef himself at the restaurant. (Bonus: The meal is paired with local wines, as well.) Tour Santa Barbara’s famed Funk Zone during a Funk Zone Food & Photo Takeout Tour with Eat This! Shoot That! Food and Drink Tours, which includes stops at eight different tasting locations (think: artisan bites, seafood, local wine, authentic Mexican food, etc.) with a knowledgeable tour guide.
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