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Saturday October 17, 2020
10:00 AM19th Annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival

Celebrate Santa Barbara Channel’s bounty and the fishermen who harvest it at the 19th Annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 17th. This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., luring seafood lovers to Santa Barbara Harbor for one of our community’s most cherished events. Timed to celebrate the opening of lobster season, the Festival showcases fresh, regional seafood in addition to live music, maritime education, free boat rides, children’s activities, vessel tours, and more. There’s fun to be had for all ages.

The Harbor & Seafood Festival offers an interactive day for visitors and locals alike, reminding us that Santa Barbara Harbor is a working harbor where more than 100 fishermen land millions of pounds of seafood each year, adding $30 million to the local economy and beyond.

Come enjoy an abundance of sustainably harvested, high-quality seafood. Meet fishermen face-to-face. Select local fresh-caught lobster, crab, and sea urchin “uni” and have them prepared on the spot. Visit specialty food booths for fish tacos, oysters, mussels, barbequed albacore, fresh crab, clam chowder, and seafood paella. A hit with visitors, the Maritime Museum’s local wine and seafood pairing features Central Coast wines paired with seafood dishes prepared by local chefs (noon – 3 p.m. during the festival).

While local bands play live on a main stage, peruse special festival memorabilia, shop for a variety of art, clothing, and other unique gifts, and enjoy free harbor boat rides aboard the Double Dolphin and Azure Seas.

The Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival is presented by the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Inc., and the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants’ Association, along with various community partners and volunteers.

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Sunday December 13, 2020
3:00 PM34th Annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights

Come join in the holiday fun, Sunday, December 13th, at the 34th Annual Parade of Lights. All event activities are FREE!

Beginning at 3 p.m. families can visit Santa’s Village on the City Pier in the Harbor. There will be holiday elves handing out goody bags and 10 tons of snow. Santa Claus will be in attendance, so bring your camera to take a free family photo!

At 5 p.m. a tree-lighting ceremony, accompanied by the San Marcos High School Choir, will be held on Stearns Wharf next to the Sea Center. Then, at 5:30 p.m., around 30 illuminated watercraft will light up the night as they parade around the waterfront and vie for hundreds of dollars in cash and prizes. The parade will be capped off by a brief fireworks show. Best viewing locations for the boat parade and fireworks include Stearns Wharf, the breakwater, and East Beach.

Registration for the competition opens in late November and, as always, it’s free to enter! Participants can enter one of five categories: human-powered, power, sail, commercial fishing, or commercial other. Pick up your entry form at the Harbor Market, Harbor Fuel Dock, Waterfront offices, or go online.

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Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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