It has been said that a person could eat at a different restaurant every day of the week in our town, and not have visited all of our restaurants. A farmer's market can be found every day of the week in a different part of our communities. A visit to our numerous galleries, (not including the Sabado Domingo Art show held on Cabrillo Boulevard each Sunday), wine-tasting venues, Santa Ynez Vinyards, spectacular landmark buildings and sites, Stearn's Wharf, East Beach (volleyball), Ledbetter Beach(surfing), Butterfly Beach (across from the Biltmore), Arroyo Burro Beach aka Hendry's Beach (body surfing, no parking fees, Boathouse Restaurant), Goleta Beach and Pier, Campus Point (real surfing), and don't forget Carpinteria's Beach Park...called the safest beach on the Pacific and many more activities would keep you quite busy for weeks on end.
Santa Barbara seems to be an amalgamation of every part of the world in food, cultures, styles, music, dancing and venues. One of the most multi-cultural corners of Paradise and it shows in our very eclectic lifestyle called Santa Barbara style!
The entire month of October has been designated EpicureSB! This soiree is co-presented by the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau and Film Commission and sponsored by the Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper; featuring Santa Barbara galleries and cultural outlets offering free access to visual and performance art with a gastronomic twist. More than 30 downtown businesses and restaurants will participate. The big kick off party was October 1, with First Thursday. For a complete schedule:
Eat Local Challenge: All Farmers' market locations and Edible Santa Barbara Magazine are challenging participants to pledge to eat local all month long. No arm-twisting required here...a visit to any one of our fabulous farmer's markets will confirm that!
23rd Annual Avocado Festival: October 2 - 4. Free