Food and Brew Fests in Santa Barbara

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What better way to experience the Santa Barbara area than through local drinks and bites? At the end of September, hang with some of California’s best BBQ masters and brewers at the 2nd Annual California Brew & BBQ Festival. Or wait until October 13 for the Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival – clam chowder anyone? Keep reading for details on the upcoming fests and nearby hotels in Santa Barbara.


California Brew & BBQ Festival

At the 2nd Annual California Brew & BBQ Festival, you’ll get the best of three worlds: beer, barbeque and beach. Head to Chase Palm Park on September 29 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and sample some of the area’s best brews and BBQ. Guests have the chance to sip from over 50 breweries, cideries and wineries, while top Santa Barbara restaurants compete for best BBQ. World Champion Pitmaster, Doug Scheiding will make a cameo appearance, along with his award-winning BBQ. And live music provided by reggae band One2Tree and The Neighborhood Thieves make this event even better. General Admission tickets are $65 and include unlimited drink and food samples, along with a 16oz souvenir beer glass. VIP tickets are $100 and include early entry, access to special food & brews and souvenir glass. Purchase tickets here.


Hotel Near California Brew & BBQ Festival  

After an afternoon of sipping brews and feasting on BBQ, you’ll need to find a place to stay. And luckily, the nearby Inn at East Beach is just a quick Uber ride away. This beautiful property is a boutique hotel near the California Brew & BBQ Festival. In addition to its convenient location, it also offers an outdoor pool, stylish furniture and on-site bike rentals. At Inn at East Beach, you will stay well- and well within your budget!


Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival   

If you’re a seafood lover visiting Santa Barbara, then you’re in the right place. Not only can you get a taste of the local ocean fare at restaurants and shops, but you can also visit fests like the upcoming Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival. On October 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seafood of all shapes and sizes will flood Harbor Way for this fest. Here you’ll have the chance to mingle with local fishermen and witness fresh-caught lobster and sea urchin prepared on the spot. Specialty vendors will be serving up all sorts of popular dishes like fish tacos, fresh crab, clam chowder and seafood paella, all made with sustainably-harvested seafood. Admission is free and open to guests of all ages.


Hotel Near Harbor & Seafood Festival     

Why cut your Santa Barbara experience short? Stay a night or two at the nearby Spanish Garden Inn. This luxurious hotel is located near the Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival and puts guests’ comfort first. In-room spa treatments, a glistening outdoor pool and fresh foliage characterize this beautiful property.

Santa Barbara is never shy when it comes to showing off its unique oceanside culture and food. Experience some of the best local cuisine at either the California Brew & BBQ Festival, or the Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival. And don’t forget to book your stay at one of these beautiful nearby hotels.


Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546

Spanish Garden Inn
A stylish boutique hotel surrounded by fresh foliage and adorned with hand-painted art. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.564.4700