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Art and Culinary Delights Take Center Stage in Santa Barbara This October


A colorful piano onState Street, just one of the Art and Culinary Delights in Santa Barbara this October

One of the colorful creations during Pianos on State. Photo Credit: Instagram @s_cugnier

October is recognized as National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), so art and culinary delights are taking center stage all around Santa Barbara this month. This coast-to-coast celebration is designed as a collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, something we who live in Santa Barbra enjoy all year long.

About NAHM

NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago with the belief that by connecting ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, we can work together to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts. The organization’s mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America by:

  • Focusing on the arts at local, state, and national levels
  • Encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in the arts
  • Allowing governments and businesses to show their support of the arts
  • Raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

READ: Santa Barbara: Oasis of Arts and Culture

NAHM Santa Barbara Events, October 2019

Harbor & Seafood Festival
Harbor Way, Santa Barbara
October 12, 2019
Fishing and dining on fresh fish is definitely an art form here in Santa Barbara. Does the thought of fresh crab, lobster, mussels, and oysters whet your appetite? If so, those who reside in Santa Barbara and visitors this month are in luck thanks to the annual Harbor & Seafood Festival on October 12. Everyone’s invited. Enjoy the abundance of the Santa Barbara Channel, rich in sustainably harvested, high-quality seafood. Meet fishermen face-to-face. Select fresh-caught lobster and sea urchin “uni” and have them prepared on the spot. Visit specialty food booths for fish tacos, oysters, mussels, barbequed albacore, fresh crab, clam chowder and seafood paella. Presented by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants

Admission to the Harbor & Seafood Festival is free, but be sure to bring your wallet and appetite to purchase food and goodies from local vendors. 

READ: Santa Barbara Living: Testament to Why It’s a Top 100 City

Wine & Seafood Pairing
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190, Santa Barbara
October 12, 2019
Happening on the same date alongside the Harbor & Seafood Festival, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Santa Barbara Vintners will host a can’t-miss Wine & Seafood Pairing. From noon to 3 pm, ticket holders can taste their way through culinary creations from Santa Barbara’s best chefs, using local, fresh-caught seafood, paired with Santa Barbara County wines. 

Advanced Tickets: $30, Day-of Tickets: $40. 

If you can’t make it to either the festival or the exclusive pairing event, don’t worry. Here’s a list of Santa Barbara restaurants that any seafood lover can visit to enjoy all month long. 

READ: Santa Barbara Recognized As One of the Best Small Cities in the Nation

Ride Santa Barbara 100
Leadbetter Beach
402 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara
October 19, 2019

Bike riders enjoying the Santa Barbara Coast

Photo Credit: Jeff Clark Photography

Ride Santa Barbara 100 brings world-class cycling to our famed coastline: a work of art in itself. Featuring some of the most scenic, challenging, and fun cycling routes in the nation, this is the only major cycling event to start and finish at Santa Barbara’s popular Leadbetter Beach. 

Don’t worry if you’re not an expert level cyclist. There will be four routes to choose from. The casual 34-mile ride is perfect for those looking for a weekend challenge that’s fun and scenic along the way. To make this ride even easier, Yamaha is offering e-bike demos for those who’d rather sit back than cycle on. The 100-km route is a bit more challenging. This ride features both coastal and mountain roads. Then there’s the 100-km+, recommended for experienced riders only. Avid cyclists take note: this is the endurance building, epic view filled ride you’ve been waiting for and includes the famous Gibraltar Challenge. For those brave and experienced souls, the 100-mile advanced route featuring the Gibraltar Challenge consists of a grueling 3,000-foot climb in just 7-miles. 

Register now! Prices run from only $40 to $150. For team pricing (5 or more riders) please email us at

Pianos on State
State Street, Santa Barbara
October 21-November 7, 2019

Each October, Santa Barbara’s famed State Street is graced with vibrantly designed pianos. As you can see by the image at the top of this blog, these colorful musical instruments are placed in various areas designed to encourage locals and visitors alike to step up to the keys and play a spontaneous piece of music. Each piano is decorated by a local artist. In all, there will be more than twelve colorful pianos on display at various locations, from The Funk Zone to Victoria Street. Why not snap a selfie at all locations? Even if you’re simply strolling down State Street, be sure to listen as the sound of music fills the streets of Downtown Santa Barbara. 

FREE to see, listen, and play!

While the rest of the country is gearing up for winter, Santa Barbara’s warm days continue well into November. That fact alone is something to applaud. How do you celebrate all the arts and culinary delights we enjoy here in Santa Barbara? I’d love to hear some of your ideas. I’d also love to hear from anyone who is considering buying or selling a home here. Just call me at +1 (805) 886-9378 or email me at With my experience, knowledge, and contacts, I make every real estate transaction a work of art!


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