Don’t put your festival attire away just yet! Santa Barbara in September is just as lively as the peak summer months, with fewer crowds to shuffle through.
The Annual Goleta Lemon Festival is the place to be for families and those looking to get their fill of everything lemon-flavored, while beer and BBQ lovers can cheers their way through the California Brew & BBQ Fest. Ramp up the adrenaline with a hot-air balloon ride at the inaugural Balloon & Wine Festival or revel in the authentic Danish culture and merriment of Solvang Danish Days.
But that’s just the start. Here’s your complete collection of noteworthy September happenings:
Taste samples from 50+ breweries, cideries and wineries at the 3rd Annual California Brew & BBQ Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at one of the most beautiful oceanfront venues Santa Barbara has to offer, Chase Palm Park. Enjoy tri-tip from top Santa Barbara-based restaurants as local chefs compete for ‘Best Tri-Tip in the 805’. As the cool ocean breeze wafts the sweet tang of barbeque through the beer tents, don’t miss your chance to attend one of the largest beachfront beer festivals in the state! Grab your souvenir glass and start sipping just a frisbee throw away from the sparkling Pacific, while One2Tree, a soulful reggae band, keep the beat for this all-day feast. General Admission tickets: $65. Save $10 with code VISITSB. Learn More
Celebrating its inaugural year, don’t miss the Balloon & Wine Festival at Elings Park on Saturday, September 14. From 6 PM – 9 PM, spend an unforgettable evening sipping the night away as the sunset illuminates the hot-air ballooned sky. Before or after you take your turn soaring into the sky, enjoy with friends the picturesque oak groves, large-scale light sculpture projects and the finest world-class wineries of California’s Central Coast. Learn More
September marks the start of a fabulous series of international acoustic concerts highlighting some of the world’s great guitarists, featuring classical, modern, blues, Americana, gypsy jazz, flamenco, folk, and more. Beginning September 14 and running through December 14, various theaters in Downtown Santa Barbara will host a total of 22 concerts, 6 guitar workshops and a luthier show. Learn More
All that glitters is not gold— in fact, it may be lustrous sea glass instead! On the weekend of September 14 and 15, explore the Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival for unique handmade crafts, jewelry fashioned from sea glass, and ocean-themed art. The only one of its kind in Southern California, the festival will celebrate its fifth year at the Earl Warren Showgrounds and is expected to attract thousands of sea glass lovers and art enthusiasts. Before heading to the festival, soak up the inspiration behind many of the pieces with a stroll along Santa Barbara’s coastline. Saturday admission tickets are $7 and Sunday admission tickets are $5. You can buy admission for both days for $10. Learn More
Velkommen til Solvang! Don your traditional Danish garb and get ready to dig into mouth-watering treats (Æbleskiver anyone?) and hearty Viking-size sausages at the 83nd Annual Solvang Danish Days, spanning the weekend of September 20–22. Solvang celebrates the history of Denmark in true Danish fashion with parades, folklore, music, and fun for the whole family. Stroll on over to the Viking Beer & Wine Garden to imbibe with friends, or have your future read by a genuine rune stone interpreter. New to the festival this year is a guided Solvang Food & Photo tour, and an axe throwing area. Yes, you read that correctly! Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to take in the rich history the little town has to offer while you’re there! Admission to Solvang Danish Days is free, but individual event activity prices may vary. Learn More
Your passport to the world of Flamenco returns to Santa Barbara, September 26 through 29. For four rhythmic days, world-class artists from Spain will take up residency in Santa Barbara to perform, teach and lecture about the fantastical world of Flamenco. Held at the Lobero Theatre, festival goers will be treated to a series of live concerts, lectures, film, workshops and celebrations. Can’t miss events include the Santa Barbara debut of the Andres Vadin Project (September 26) and the premiere of FARO at the Flamenco Arts Festival Red Carpet Gala (September 28). Learn More
You’re in for a lemon-flavored treat at the 28th Annual Goleta Lemon Festival, September 28-29. For two full days, this festival is family fun at its finest, with arts and crafts vendors, lemon-inspired treats, a classic car show, and amusement park rides. These are just a few of the many activities planned to pay tribute to the iconic Goleta lemon—which became popular in Goleta Valley in the 1890s when lemon orchards began to flourish in the area. We recommend satisfying your sweet tooth with a piece of lemon pie, or for those 21+, sip lemon inspired craft beer. Admission to the 28th Annual California Lemon Festival is free. Learn More