Harbor & Seafood Festival

Come 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, seafood paella and hamburgers. Presented by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants.


Date and Time

The next Annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival is on
Saturday, October 19th, 2024
(10:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Vendor applications will start in June 2024 Please leave your pets at home!
We thank you and your pets will thank you too!


Located on the central coast of California 1.5 hours north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Harbor is easily found. Click on the link below for the location of the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival.

View the openstreet map for the Santa Barbara location View the detailed map.

Sponsors for the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festivals


About the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival

The Harbor & Seafood Festival offers locals and visitors alike an interactive day, reminding us all that Santa Barbara Harbor is a working harbor where more than 100 fishermen land 10 million pounds of seafood each year, bringing $30 million to the local economy and beyond.


Festival History:

Santa Barbara Harbor, with over 1,100 boats, has always been home to a working commercial fishing fleet. On any given day, seabass, swordfish, sea urchins, shark, crab, and lobsters are swung from decks of boats beneath the City pier into waiting trucks. Decades ago, an annual Fishermen's Festival featured a "Blessing of the Fleet", plus a parade of fishing boats packed with people and covered in flowers and streamers. Eventually, this tradition faded, replaced by an annual Harbor Festival designed as a fundraiser for a local home for unwed mothers. Although successful for years, the festival ultimately fell on hard times in the late 1990s and was absent from the Waterfront for two years until it was reinvented in 2002, moved from the Spring season to the Fall season and altered to make local fisheries a cornerstone of the event. Today, the annual Harbor and Seafood Festival, held on the second Saturday in October, draws thousands of people to the Waterfront to enjoy succulent seafood like fresh lobsters and barbequed albacore, plus a host of other seafood treats and marine-related information and demonstrations.


Activities at the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festivals

Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitors Center – Observation Deck on 4th floor

Fresh Seafood

Lobster, Crab, Prawns, Oysters, and more

Sea Urchin Uni

Albacore BBQ   Commercial Fishermen of SB, Inc

Clam Chowder   Brophy’s and Sons, Inc

Seafood Tacos & Seafood Paella, & Crab Cakes

Gumbo and delicious Cajun food

Boating Activities:

Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol fire boat demonstrations
Complimentary boat rides with Celebration Cruises on the Azure Seas and Whisper at the accommodation dock
Complimentary sailboat rides with Sunswept Sailing on the classic yacht "Kelpie" at the accommodation dock.
US Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin dockside tours
Ocean & Marine Related Agencies on the City Pier Map of the City Pier  PDF logo

Vendor Links:

Over 40 vendors showcasing, Face Painting, clothing, jewelry, custom artwork, and more.
"Limited edition posters by: Janice Blair"

Live Music: Main Stage

Provided by Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants Association


The list below is of 2023, venue changes may be updated for 2024
Juan Dolor 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Spencer the Gardner 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Cornerstone 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


View Food Vendor Map  PDF logo

Food Exhibitors

Booth 1

Special Order Lobster
Commercial Fishermen of SB, Inc

Booth 2

BBQ Albacore
Commercial Fishermen of SB, Inc

Booth 3

Bernie’s Oyster Shack
Santa Barbara Mariculture Company

Booth 4

Brophy's Clam Chowder
Brophy’s and Sons, Inc

Booth 5

Hot dogs/Corn & Strawberry Shortcake
Twin Berry Farms

Booth 6

Cajun Food
True Cajun Food

Booth 7

KONA Sno Cones
Sno Cones

Booth 8

Fried Oysters
Anchor Rose

Booth 9

Lobster Rolls
Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Booth 10 & 11

Cruisin Cones
Soft Serve Ice Cream

Booth 12

BBQ Fish Tacos
Santa Barbara Fish Market

Booth 13 & 14

Seafood Paella
Josefina Dos Paella

Non-Food Exhibitors

Booth Product
Booth 1 & 3 Cali Bracelet—Bracelets & Bag, etc
Booth 2 Slavic Gifts—Amber Jewelry
Booth 4 Bryant Designs—Glass Art & Jewelry
Booth 5 Woof with Me—Dog Bandannas, hats, shirts
Booth 6 Monica's Ocean—Jewelry
Booth 7 Brown Haze Jewelry—Dresses, Denim, Jewelry
Booth 8 A Cutee—Waiting
Booth 9 SB Surf Co.—Surf Clothes
Booth 10 Rainbow Studio—Ocean Designs & jewelry
Booth 11 Babetown CA LLC—Incense, Crystals, etc.
Booth 12 Sherry's Spinners—Metal Spinning Art
Booth 13 Dive Monument—Divers fund raising
Booth 14 Perfect Candle Co.—Candles, decor
Booth 15 & 17 Under the Sea—Sea Glass Jewelry
Booth 16 Greystone Jewelry—Delicate gold-filled-jewelry
Booth 18 Inspire Paradise—Tropical Attire
Booth 19 Tiffany's House—Jewelry & Pearls
Booth 20 Wonderfouta—Tie dyed clothing, scarves, etc
Booth 21 Bon's Shop—Sil Scarves & Dresses
Booth 22 Laird Apparel—Fitness, lifestyle apparel
Booth 24 Surfpack Gear—Surfboard Backpack
Booth 25 Neil Wand Maker—Wands
Booth 26 NoHo Candles etc.—Candles, Turkish Robes, etc
Booth 27 Alyse Jewelry—Jewelry for all occasions
Booth 28 & 29 Bill’s Hats—Hats for One and All, Young and Old
Booth 30 Dale Michelle—Dresses, tops, accessories
Booth 31 Colibri Collective—Jewelry, clothes, accents
Booth 32 Kiki Sol—Tunics, Dresses, & scarves
Booth 33 Sea Rock Art—Gifts & Jewelry
Booth 34 Cutco Cutlery—Cutlery for your home
Booth 35 & 36 Rite Aid—Flu Shots, Information
Booth 37 & 38 Himalayan Harmony—Salt lamps, himalyan salt
Booth 39 Vacant
Booth 40 Savanah Designs—Jewelry, Kimonos
Booth 41 SB Landing—Fishing, Diving, Whale Trips info
Booth 42 Vacant

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival Posters

About the Artist

Janice Blair
For over 30 years Janice Blair has been an acclaimed graphic artist in Santa Barbara. Ms. Blair is best known for her pen and ink andwatercolor illustrations. She has been published by numerous magazines, including Casa Magazine, Montecito Magazine, and Santa Barbara Magazine,. Ms. Blair is equally celebrated for her business advertisements, private commissions, and calligraphy, as well as her annual pen and ink calendar featuring local Santa Barbara landscapes.

Most recently, Janice has collaborated with Lumino Press to produce a collection of letter press architectural scenes.

For further information visit https://www.janiceblair.com/, or to commission Janice Blair please contact: jblairy@hotmail.com.
New Poster for 2024 coming soon.
Click on picture to view in full size on a separate tab.
Harbor Festival Poster 2023

Harbor Festival Poster 2023

Harbor Festival Poster 2019

Harbor Festival Poster 2019

Harbor Festival Poster 2018

Harbor Festival Poster 2018


Frequently Asked Questions

Health is always a concern at the festival.
Masks are most certainly recommended and is at your discretion.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

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If you need further information about the Harbor Festival Privacy Policy, please contact Angela Rodriguez at arodriguez@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

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