Celebrate Santa Barbara Channel’s bounty and the fishermen who harvest it at the 20th Annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival on Saturday, October 16th. 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.
Visit www.HarborFestival.org for more details.