Harbor and Seafood Festival Santa Barbara

The 18th annual Harbor and Seafood Festival Santa Barbara is coming soon! This festival celebrates all of the delectable seafood Santa Barbara is known for, and gives you a chance to try it yourself. Visit the festival and gain a greater appreciation of the harbor workers who provide all of the incredible seafood to the Santa Barbara area!

What is the Harbor and Seafood Festival Santa Barbara?

The Harbor and Seafood Festival Santa Barbara is an annual tradition that celebrates all of the harbor workers and seafood they catch in the Santa Barbara Harbor. The Harbor regularly houses over 1,000 boats and daily you’ll see all of the workers busy catching seafood for all of the restaurants that depend on it.

Yearly, fisherman in the Santa Barbara Harbor land over 10 million pounds of seafood. That’s over $30 million for the local economy and beyond! So each year, the second Saturday in October is dedicated to the Harbor and Seafood Festival. And the best part is that the festival stars this food, so you can satisfy your seafood cravings when you attend.

When is it?

This year, the festival is Saturday, October 12

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where is it?

Harbor Way

Santa Barbara, CA 93109

What can we do there?

There are so many different activities! Here are a few things you’ll be able to do while you’re there:

  • Land Activities
    • Free entry into Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
    • Free lectures at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
    • Access to the 4th floor Santa Barbara Visitor’s Center Observation Deck
  • Fresh Seafood
    • Lobster, crab, prawns, oysters, and more!
    • Sea urchin uni
    • Albacore BBQ
    • Clam Chowder from Brophy Bros.
    • Seafood Tacos, Seafood Paella, Crab cakes
    • Crepes & Gumbo
  • Non Seafood
    • Roasted corn
    • Strawberry Shortcake
    • Abelskivers
    • Hot dogs
    • Lemonade
  • Boating Activities
    • Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol fire boat demonstrations
    • Shearwater Research Vessel dockside tours
    • Free boat rides on Azure Seas and Double Dolphin

and more!

Will you be attending the 18th annual Harbor and Seafood Festival Santa Barbara?

We’d love to see your pictures! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to tag us in pics! If you’re looking to stay local during the festival (we understand driving long distances on a full stomach isn’t very appealing), look no further than Marina Beach Motel! With wonderful amenities and only 37 steps from the beach, you can enjoy the Harbor and Seafood Festival and then relax at Marina Beach.