Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival
Don’t put your festival attire away just yet! Santa Barbara in September is just as lively as 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 wine lovers can sip and swirl their way through the Santa Barbara Polo and Wine Festival. Ramp up the adrenaline with an ATV tour of Sanford Winery & Vineyards 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:
The Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival is slated for Saturday, September 8, 12pm – 8pm at the world-renowned Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and will feature two thrilling polo matches along with delectable offerings from local wine and food vendors. Performances by ultra-talented artists ZZ Ward, Booker T. Jones, the California Honeydrops, and Quinn DeVeaux will keep the crowd grooving, and the fête will include the traditional wine and champagne divot stomp. Ladies are encouraged to wear their finest dresses and their biggest hats while gentlemen should don their classiest polo attire. Not only are you guaranteed to have a good time, $1 per ticket is donated to Notes For Notes, a non-profit organization dedicated to growth and expansion of music education for the youth. General Admission Tickets: $75.
The 37th Annual Taste of the Town Santa Barbara consists of two equally rich culinary events, the first a VIP four-course gourmet dinner, live auction and dancing with an ocean view (held at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort Friday, September 7, 6-11pm), and the second, an opportunity to taste an unlimited array of appetizing delights from local restaurants representing a variety of cuisines. You can enjoy the delectable spread along with live jazz and a silent auction while overlooking the stunning Santa Barbara vista from Riviera Park (Sunday, September 9, 12-3pm). Make your reservations now as the limited spots will fill up quickly! All proceeds from Taste of the Town Santa Barbara benefit the programs and services of the Arthritis Foundation. Friday VIP Taste of the Town tickets are $500 and Sunday General Admission tickets are $125.
New this summer! Venture out of the winery and into the vineyards on the Sanford Winery All-Terrain Vineyard (ATV) Experience & Tasting. Operated by a talented wine educator, up to four guests will traverse some of the most picturesque and coveted vineyard blocks of the Sanford estate in the rugged comfort of a Polaris ATV. Sample Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the very vineyards they are grown as you soak in the amazing views of the Sta. Rita Hills. Adventure, education, and delicious estate-grown wines await! Elevate the experience with a gourmet picnic lunch paired perfectly with your favorite wine selections of the day. Sanford Winery ATV Tours are available for booking now and are $115 per person.
All that glitters is not gold — in fact, it may be lustrous sea glass instead! On the weekend of September 8 and 9, explore the Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival for unique handmade crafts and jewelry fashioned from sea glass and ocean-themed art. The only one of its kind in Southern California, the festival will celebrate its fourth 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.
Velkommen til Solvang! Don your traditional Danish garb and get ready to dig into mouthwatering treats (Æbleskiver anyone?) and hearty Viking-size sausages at the 82nd Annual Solvang Danish Days, spanning the weekend of September 14–16. 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. 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.
Taste samples from 50+ breweries, cideries and wineries at the 2nd Annual California Brew & BBQ Festival on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at one of the most beautiful oceanfront venues Santa Barbara has to offer. Enjoy tri-tip from top Santa Barbara-based restaurants as local chefs compete for Best BBQ! As the cool ocean breeze wafts the sweet tang of barbeque through the beer tents, don’t miss your chance to meet World Champion Pitmaster Doug Scheiding and savor his award-winning dishes. Grab your souvenir glass and start sipping just a frisbee throw away from the sparkling Pacific, while One2Tree, a soulful reggae band, and The Neighborhood Thieves keep the beat for this all-day feast. General Admission tickets: $65.
You’re in for a lemon-flavored treat at the 27th Annual California Lemon Festival in Goleta, September 29-30. 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 ale brewed by Hollister Brewing Company. Admission to the 27th Annual California Lemon Festival is free.