Endless sunshine and late summer celebrations are quintessential to September in Santa Barbara. Relax on expansive beaches, soak in warm afternoons that transition to cooler evenings, enjoy farm-to-table culinary offerings, and taste unbeatable craft beer and wine. Our seaside town boasts incredible art throughout the Open Studio Arts Tour and a stacked performance lineup at the iconic Santa Barbara Bowl and Lobero Theatre. You’ll also get the chance to sip delicious varietals at the beachside California Wine Festival, swing and sway to live music at the Buckles ‘n’ Brews Invitational, and mingle on the rooftop at Sunset At Canary, where the landscape views of Santa Barbara are simply stunning.
But that’s just the start. Here’s your complete collection of exciting September happenings.
This coming Labor Day Weekend, September 3-6, 2021, explore the magnificent work of local Santa Barbara artists as they open their studios for a weekend of visits. The 20th annual Open Studio Arts Tour will showcase 28 artists and kicks off with an evening reception on September 3. Then Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6, stroll through downtown Santa Barbara to the designated artist studios and get a look behind the scenes of great local artwork. The Open Studios Tour benefits the Santa Barbara Food Bank and is the largest, most prestigious open studios tour on the Central Coast. Now is your chance to meet amazingly talented artists from all walks of life, appreciate their unique work, and see them in action. Learn More
Admission: $25 per person. Free for children under age 12.
A visit to Santa Barbara is not complete without seeing one of the many upcoming performances at the iconic Santa Barbara Bowl. Set high up in the hills of the Riviera, the Bowl boasts some truly breathtaking views of the city, harbor and expansive ocean below. Take in the sunset while you sip a cold beer and anticipate fabulous music at the one-of-a-kind venue. September’s concert lineup includes performances from Jackson Brown (September 5), John Legend (September 16), Haim (September 17), Trevor Noah (September 18), Gary Clark Jr. (September 19), My Morning Jacket (September 23), and Lord Huron (September 28). Learn More
Admission: Ticket prices vary per event
A truly historical space, Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre has hosted the likes of classical ballet, opera, modern dance, contemporary music, and so much more. This season, prepare to laugh until your cheeks hurt at Whose Live Anyway? (September 17), a riff off the Emmy-nominated show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” where comedians Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray bring their hilarity and impeccable comedic timing to Santa Barbara. Later in September, comedienne Bianca Del Rio is making a stop on her “Unsanitized” tour at the Lobero on September 28. Her jokes will have the whole theatre in stitches, and it is bound to be an experience for the books. Learn More
Admission: Ticket prices vary per event.
On Saturday, September 18, bring the whole family to learn more about where our food comes from at the Third Annual Santa Barbara County Farm Day. These in-person, open farm tours through Santa Maria Valley include agricultural activities, giveaways, and a chance to meet the local farmers who grow the crops. Understanding the origins of our food is an important aspect of nutrition education, and the day of tours is a great opportunity to inform and inspire little ones as well as adults. Santa Barbara County Farm Day was established by Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG). Learn More
Wednesday, September 22 is your chance to enjoy sunset tunes and refreshing drinks on the rooftop of The Kimpton Canary. Pacific Pride Foundation organizes various events for the LBGTQ+ community and allies, and this sunset happy hour series is part of the organization’s “Summer of Pride.” DJ Darla Bea, a local favorite, will be spinning tracks as attendees admire the Santa Barbara skyline and surrounding mountains amidst what’s sure to be a vibrant sunset. Learn More
Grab your sun hat and your camera, because the California Wine Festival is back! This two-day beachside wine and food festival is bound to be unforgettable. Beginning Friday evening, September 24, sip extremely rare wines at the Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting at Santa Barbara’s charming old-world Carousel House. Along with enjoying the delicious wine, nosh on light bites of cheeses, breads, olives, and more while you dance to live music under the stars. Saturday afternoon, the beachside wine festival begins at Chase Palm Park, where you will get the chance to indulge in a variety of fine wines from all over. Accompanying the wine tasting are dozens of food purveyors, and live music that will have you dancing all day long. Learn More
Admission: Adults 21+ only. Ticket prices range from $40-$169.
The Santa Barbara Carriage Museum will host this year’s Buckles ‘N’ Brews Invitational on Saturday, September 25, 2021, so dust off your cowboy boots and get ready for a wild time. Sample beer and wine from over 30 craft breweries and wineries as you snack on BBQ bites from the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara. Stomp along to live music from The Dusty Jugz and The Rincons, and revel in the happy atmosphere that Buckles ‘N’ Brews has delivered since 2016. Learn More
Admission: Adults 21+ only. Ticket prices range from $15-$65.