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Santa Barbara Beer Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Saturday, October 15, 2016
Once again, the Santa Barbara Beer Festival is gearing up for a great afternoon of sampling the best brews on the West Coast. This time, it's going to be bigger and better than ever.

Join the party from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016, for some phenomenal brews, food, and tunes.

Your ticket gets you a tasting glass and the opportunity to cruise the grounds of beautiful Elings Park for an afternoon of brew sampling. Your ticket purchase also helps support two local Santa Barbara nonprofits, so you can feel good about every sip!

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7th Annual Santa Barbara Chowder Fest

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Santa Barbara Chowder Fest will bring together some of the area's best eateries to compete for the overall title of Santa Barbara Chowder Champion, and for the first time this year, there will also be a chili competition. 

Competitors will prepare and serve fresh, delicious chowders or chilis of all varieties that will be judged by a panel of experts and local personalities. Event guests will have fun tasting each competing dish as well as other foods, wines, beers, and spirits -- and even vote for their favorite chowder and chili to win the People's Choice Award! The event will include offerings from Santa Barbara's finest restaurants, wineries and breweries for guests to enjoy as they listen and groove to the live tunes of local favorites, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan.

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 Santa Barbara Chowder Fest

Buckles 'n' Brews Invitational

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Saturday, October 29, 2016
The Buckles 'n' Brews Invitational will take place Saturday, October 29th at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbaara, aka the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum, located at Pershing Park on Castillo Street. 

They have selected 25 of the top breweries to join the party for a day of craft beer sampling, country music, DJs, food, and fun! The event is from 12-4:30pm and each brewery will be bringing 2-3 beers that include something new/rare, and Invitational worthy beers that you dont get to sample everyday! 

Tickets are 55$ and include a souvenir tulip glass and samples from any of the breweries on site.

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - Monday, October 31, 2016  
Popular DJ, NGHTMRE, makes his debut in Santa Barbara this Halloween for an evening of spooky costumes and awesome beats. Head down to Earl Warren Showgrounds and dance the night away! 

Time: 6p.m.
Price: 25-40$

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Wine For Wags

Friday, November 4, 2016 - Friday, November 4, 2016  
2016 marks DAWG’s 25th year of service to the dogs of Santa Barbara County. Through the hard work, dedication, and generosity of wonderful volunteers and community they have grown into an amazing facility that has placed over 3,000 dogs into forever homes over the past ten years!

Enjoy a fun night out to celebrate and benefit our DAWGs! Not only will you have a great night of wine, food and music, but your ticket will help them provide dogs with a second chance at life while they find their fur-ever home!

Each $25.00 ticket includes a glass of wine, hors d' oeuvres, live music by Brian Kinsella and a silent auction with amazing items for you and your beloved furry friend. 

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Nihonmachi Revisited

Nihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara's Japanese American Community in Transition, 1900-1940

Head to the historic El Presidio de Santa Barbara site to experience not only the Spanish history of Santa Barbara, but Asian American as well. This insightful exhibition highlights our historic Nihonmachi (Japan Town) with a collection of obscure photographs and accounts of daily life from local residents and families as well as fragments of elegant, Japanese ceramics excavated on site.

The museum is open daily from 10:30am–4:30pm at 123 E. Canon Perdido Street in downtown Santa Barbara. For more info please call 805-965-0093 or visit their website.

Japanese Imari plate, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park Archaeology collection,. Photo by Anne Petersen.

First Thursday Art Walk

Whole Year

The first Thursday of every month, 5–8 p.m.

An evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating museums, galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment. 

Image Caption: Julia Barbosa Landois, Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass, 2011, Performance still. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Courtesy Walley Films. 


Beachside Art Walk

When: Every Sunday
Local artists and artisans display their work by the beach alongside Cabrillo Boulevard, just east of Stearns Wharf. 

Time: 10am- 4pm