What's Happening in Santa Barbara this month?

Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just passing through, you’ll find something here that piques your interest. Check out what's happening in and around Santa Barbara this October!

Pianos on State

October 2 - 24

Let the beautiful music fill your ears as you stroll through Downtown Santa Barbara.  Each October, Santa Barbara’s famed State Street is adorned with vibrantly designed pianos that encourage locals and visitors alike to step up and play a spontaneous tune. Decorated by local artists, more than 12 colorful pianos will be on display at various locations from The Funk Zone to Victoria Street. 

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22nd Annual Red Feather Ball

October 5

The 22nd Annual Red Feather Ball will be held on the 5th of October at the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel. Join and enjoy a gracious evening to support the impactful programs of United Way of Santa Barbara County. This fun event is filled with music and dancing, and features a curated silent auction.

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October 6

State Street Ballet’s season will open with Chaplin, a groundbreaking world premiere based on one of the most iconic and creative artists of the Twentieth Century. In a remarkable collaboration between three diverse choreographers, Kevin Jenkins and Edgar Zendejas will join forces with resident choreographer and Co-artistic Director William Soleau to bring to life the immensely complicated but uniquely comedic world of Charlie Chaplin. 

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Celebration of Harvest Weekend

October 12 - 14

Celebrate the fruits of the Santa Barbara wine industry labor and cheers to a successful harvest during Santa Barbara Vintners’ Annual Celebration of Harvest Weekend, October 12-14. During this special weekend, the wine will be flowing and winemakers themselves will be welcoming eager tasters to their wineries, tasting rooms and storefronts for a series of unique wine-centric events throughout the entire Santa Barbara County. 

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Harbor and Seafood Festival

October 13

If you're craving seafood and thinking of crabs, lobsters and mussels, then you're definitely in luck as Santa Barbara holds its annual Harbor and Seafood Festival on October 13th. Treat your taste buds to an appetite fulfilling day at the Festival.

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Opening: The West-Dressed Woman

October 18

Save the date for the opening of our first major costume exhibition. The role of guest curator for this special exhibition is held by Sharon Bradford. She will highlight the fascinating collection and shed light on some of the most influential and illustrious women in Santa Barbara history. The landmark exhibition is being sponsored by the Whittier Foundation and the Costume Council.

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Boo at the Zoo

October 19

The Santa Barbara Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-¬or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. Most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area.

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Pet Adoption Day and Fundraiser

October 20

For the pet lovers out there, don't miss out on the fun and enjoy treats, raffles and great wine at the Pet Adoption Day and Fundraiser. The event aims to promote Animal Protection, Adoption and Support by donating 15% of all sales on the 20th to the Santa Barbara Humane Society. 

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Rod Stewart Concert

October 21

Catch the phenomenal hitmaker Rod Stewart as he performs at the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 21st. His signature voice, style, and songwriting have transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, and even the Great American Songbook; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his career. 

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Thrill the World 2018

October 21

Join in on the fun as hundreds of flashmob dancers will rock to Michael Jackson's iconic Thriller song at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens. Don't forget to wear your scariest zombie outfit!

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Pink Sunset Soiree - Cocktails for a Cause at The Canary

October 25

Be part and come together as a community to support the Breast Cancer Resource Center during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at The Kimpton Canary Hotel. The event will feature your favorite local craft cocktail and the fabulous DJ Darla Bea to host a spirited cocktail competition plus dancing & music and more all under the stars. In addition, there will be a local experience oriented raffle and a full rooftop bar. 

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Tales and Scales at the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf

October 27

Looking for more fun ways to celebrate the upcoming Halloween with your kids? Be sure to head out to Sea Center with your kids to creep and slither in your Halloween costume while enjoying thrilling and chilling activities! 

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Santa Barbara Chowder Fest

October 27 - 28

An annual tradition that gets more delicious each year! The Santa Barbara Chowder Festival features a cooking competition between the town’s most innovative chefs and restaurateurs for the title of “Best Chowder in Santa Barbara.” Along with live music, wine and beer tasting, and a chance to sample warm, hearty comfort food, proceeds from the cook-off also benefit the Legal Aid Foundation.

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Dia de los Muertos Craft Day

October 28

Celebrate Día de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,” with a free family craft workshop at Casa de la Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara. Discover the fascinating history of this special holiday while decorating sugar skulls, creating block prints and tin art, and more. Traditional Día de los Muertos refreshments, including pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate, will be served. Learn More

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