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Saturday October 17, 2020
10:00 AMSanta Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival - Canceled

Every October we celebrate our vibrant fishing industry, delicious seafood and the hard-working people who harvest it at the Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival. We have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and out of concern for the health and safety of our staff, festival partners and event attendees — and in line with Santa Barbara County Health Department advisories on large gatherings — we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.

Rest assured, you can still get off-the-boat fresh, locally caught seafood at our weekly Fisherman’s Market every Saturday at the City Pier from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, visit

We look forward to celebrating again at Harbor and Seafood Festival 2021!

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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