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Harbor & Seafood Festival - One day each October, from 10am to 5pm, the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival draws seafood lovers of all ages to Santa Barbara’s popular Harbor for one of the community’s most unique and beloved events.
Sandcastle Festival - The annual Santa Barbara Sandcastle Festival is an exciting and fun way to celebrate the beautiful ocean and beaches, two of our community's greatest natural resources. Festival admittance is free, and the cost to compete in the sandcastle & sculpture contest is minimal.
Fourth of July - Enjoy Fourth of July events throughout the Santa Barbara area, including Montecito, Goleta and Solvang. Events include a "Spirit of 76" parade down State Street, a free concert by the Santa Barbara Symphony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse culminating in a spectacular fireworks show above West Beach at 9pm.
DSC01195 Earth Day Celebration - From clean-ups and hikes to fairs powered by solar energy, people all over the United States will be making a difference on Earth Day. The Santa Barbara Courthouse is home to the annual Earth Day celebration on the South Coast.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta - Our strong Hispanic community and Spanish history combine to make this one of the biggest events of the year. Wednesday to Saturday during the first week of August.
Summer Solstice Parade - The Saturday closest to the Summer Solstice is chosen for one of Santa Barbara's unique events. People arrive early to set up lawn chairs and secure a place on the sidewalk for this very popular event.  Each year there is a theme and anybody who can wiggle their way into the theme can participate.
Wine Festivals - If you enjoy wine tasting, the Santa Barbar County wine festivals are a must they sell out every year.
French Festival The annual French Festival coincides with France's Bastille Day Weekend.  Each year over  20,000 people are expected to attend.  It is always a great weekend for fabulous food, dancing, and a celebration of everything French.
Greek Festival - Since there aren't that many Greek restaurants in town, this is one way to get your annual quota of baklava and gyros without resorting to mail order.  Other activities include dancing.
DSC01631 Santa Barbara Fair & Expo - Santa Barbara Fair & Expo was inaugurated as a five-day event to showcase the creative talent of people of all ages through livestock, agricultural, commercial, and educational exhibits. A full amusement park compliments this popular event for all ages.
Cinco de Mayo Festival - Every year thousands of locals and tourists descend on De La Guerra Plaza for Santa Barbara's annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Enjoy great food from vendors in the plaza and a full stage of live music all weekend. See our photo album and watch web videos from the stage!
California Lemon Festival - Discover lemon food, lemon fun, lemon costumes and more than one way to make lemonade! This is the classic Goleta festival for the entire family.
Santa Barbara International Orchid Show - This annual event comes at the perfect time of the year even for us Santa Barbara residents who you might think are used to gorgeous flowers.  After winter brown gives way to summer green, it's really great to be inspired by all this beauty!
Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Join hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of film enthusiasts as Santa Barbara welcomes the best of new and unique cinema.