Fall has taken off in Santa Barbara. Get into the autumnal spirit with this handpicked list of events and activities in the Santa Barbara area! Scroll to the end to discover all the Halloween attractions this season has to offer.
37th Annual California Avocado Festival
October 6th – October 8th
This festival, hosted in the heart of Carpinteria, is one of the largest free music festivals in California. It features over 75 acts on four stages: the endless ways to eat an avocado, live entertainment, and various local vendors.
Santa Barbara Vitners Festival
Revered as the Original Santa Barbara Wine Festival, enjoy the 39th annual Vitners Festival where you can taste wines from 50+ wineries and savor cuisine from local restaurants and chefs.
Ride Santa Barbara 100
One of the nine in the country, Ride Santa Barbara 100 is a premier 100 mile ride through the central coast. There are varying levels of world-class cycling for riders of all levels, all of which offer oceanfront views and serene back roads.
Los Olivos Day In The Country
Take a day trip to Los Olivos and join in on their highly acclaimed Day in the Country Festival! Enjoy a parade, 100+ vendors, live music, food, beer and wine, and the small town charm of Los Olivos.
Santa Barbara Half Marathon
Returning for its second time is the Santa Barbara Half Marathon! Run 13.1 miles as you take in the sights of the Santa Barbara Waterfront and more.
Thanksgiving Prex Fixe Dinner at the Rosewood
Gather and give thanks with a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu at Caruso’s and The Revere Room at the Rosewood Miramar Beach. Sourced with local and seasonal ingredients, this dinner is sure to provide a delicious holiday fare.
Halloween Events & Activities
Boo At The Zoo
October 20th – 29th
Experience spooky decorations, photo opportunities, and trick-or-treating while exploring the animal exhibits. Admission to Boo at the Zoo grants you access to a train ride, mad science experiments, a scare zone, a lively dance party, encounters with creepy-crawly animals, and bounce houses.
Halloween Move Drive In: E.T.
Drive your car over to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and take part in their spooky Halloween festivities! Enjoy food trucks and concession stands, trick-or-treat from car to car, participate in an automobile costume contest, and watch the family favorite E.T.
Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes
Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
September 29th – October 31st
Located at the La Cumbre Plaza, this local pumpkin patch offers all of the perfect decor pieces to make your home feel like fall. Pick from a variety of pumpkins, squash, ornamental gourds, hay bales, and more.
Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch
September 30th – October 31st
At Lane Farms you will find plenty of autumn activities that are sure to put you in the fall spirit. Enjoy hay rides, farm animals, a corn maze, pumpkins as far as the eye can see, and the perfect backdrop for your fall photos.
Montecito Country Mart Pumpkin Patch
October 1st – 31st
Open all day, every day is the Montecito Country Mart Honor System Pumpkin Patch! Find it in the courtyard.