Fiesta: Typically occurring in late August, the "Old Spanish Days" fiesta in Santa Barbara is an event that celebrates the tradition and history of American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich atmosphere of Santa Barbara. The opening ceremony takes place on The Old Mission Santa Barbara and various activities follow, including an open-air market and parade.
French Festival: This coincides with France's Bastille Day on July 14th each year. It is a perfect weekend with incredible celebration of French culture including amazing food, beautiful dancing, and other cultural treats!
Goleta Lemon Festival: Famously known for producing incredible lemons, this is perhaps the largest celebration of the year in Goleta Valley. It occurs in late September and is a great place wonderful food and various activities such as swing dances, pony rides, and pie-eating contests. This is a perfect place to bring the whole family.
Santa Barbara Fair and Expo: Held every year in April, this five day event features carnival rides, farm animals, and exhibits/demonstrations, cooking contests, and so much more! For a wonderful string of activities, this is a perfect spot to learn about Santa Barbara's local culture and get a taste for the fun and freedom of its residence.
Summer Solstice Parade: One of the biggest events of the year in Santa Barbara, Summer Solstice kicks of summer with a bang. The parade features many kids and families line up along the parade route to watch the action. It truly is a "legendary" event for the area as magical and fantastic stories are told that reignite one's imagination and wonder.
Whale Festival: As a way to help raise awareness and community understanding of the marine life surrounding the area, a whale parade, art exhibit, block parties, crafts, and kid activities surround these days in March every year. Directions to various points to watch the whales are given during this time and a variety of accommodations are offered throughout the city for this purpose.