2nd Annual 5K Walk Strong in Santa Barbara on Saturday, August 10, 2019


Organic Soup Kitchen, a decade-old nonprofit, is hosting their 2nd Annual 5k Walk Strong at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara California on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 8:30 am. The fun walk and run will feature a Finish Line Festival, where participants will enjoy organic foods, juices, and a beer garden. All proceeds will go towards supporting their soup delivery to cancer patients program.

The 5k Walk Strong is Organic Soup Kitchen's benefit walk to raise money for cancer patients and to raise cancer awareness. The event will be a “fun” walk and run, as participants are not required to have bibs.

Create a team with your coworkers, friends, or family and walk strong for the cause. Themed runs and costumes are not required, but are optional. There will be an official t-shirt for all registrants. Tier 2 tickets are on sale now.

Register now on Race Roster: raceroster.com/events/2019/21905/5k-walk-strong-festival-2019

Organic Soup Kitchen makes organic, non-GMO, plant-based, nutrient-dense soups for populations with compromised immune systems. The program is a weekly soup delivery service for cancer patients and for those with degenerative diseases.

Location: Leadbetter Beach, Shoreline Dr, Santa Barbara

2019 Free Concerts in the Park in Santa Barbara, Thursday Nights in July, August

Free concerts at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara on Thursday nights from 6-8:30pm during the month of July! All concerts are free to the public and held in the grassy meadow at Chase Palm Park on Cabrillo Blvd. between Garden and Calle Cesar Chavez Streets.

2019 Series Schedule

7/11: Area 51 - Rock, pop, fun and soul

7/18: Pop Gun Rerun - 80s music

7/25: Captain Cardiac and the Coronries - 50s/60s Rock n’ Roll

8/8: Lightnin’ Willie and the Poorboys - Blues Band

8/15: The Blue Breeze Band - Motown/R&B


46th Annual Santa Barbara Greek Festival the Weekend of July 27-28, 2019

Santa Barbara's 46th Annual Greek Festival is taking place from on July 27-28, 2019 from 11 am to 7 pm in beautiful Oak Park, 600 West Junipero Street. The festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Stroll through Santa Barbara's beautiful Oak Park and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village. Admission and parking is free.

Dozens of volunteers enthusiastically staff their booths, creating a convivial, welcoming atmosphere. Festival-goers return year after year for the food. — Delectable festival favorites like gyros and moussaka. And no Greek village would be complete without homemade pastries like baklava, melomakarona, and kataifi.

Listen to the distinctive sounds of the bouzouki and other exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians who perform traditional and popular songs. Delight in the beauty of the elaborate costumes worn by performers as they share their carefully practiced steps and intricate dances with the enthusiastic audience.

Take advantage of a free Greek dance lesson, and enjoy participating in the same dances you would perform in the traditional villages of Greece. Dance the afternoon away, eat a little (or a lot), shop in the Greek marketplace, relax and enjoy yourself under the oaks in the warm embrace of the best Greek culture has to offer.

More information at www.santabarbaragreekfestival.org.

2019 Independence Day Fireworks Display in Santa Barbara on Thursday, July 4th


The City of Santa Barbara will once again co-host the annual Independence Day fireworks display beginning at 9pm on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Festivities at the Santa Barbara waterfront and Stearns Wharf (11AM - 9PM), including favorite food vendors, and a music variety show featuring local musicians hosted by John Palminteri and Drew Wakefield, as well as local shops, face painting, and live band, Tequila Mockingbird, on the wharf. End the day with a 9 p.m. fireworks show and music at West Beach, plus the return of the radio simulcast, courtesy of 92.9 KjEE. The show is approximately 20 minutes long and choreographed to classic and current fun and patriotic tunes.

More details at www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/waterfront/events/july4.asp.

2019 Pier to Peak Half Marathon in Santa Barbara on Sunday, September 1st


Santa Barbara's challenging Pier to Peak Half-Marathon on Sunday, September 1, 2019 takes you from the famous Santa Barbara Friendship Dolphins Fountain at the edge of Stearns Wharf, past the "Queen of the Missions" and on up an elevation of 3,996 feet to the majestic views at La Cumbre Peak.

Capture the panoramic layout of the city, Santa Barbara Channels and the Channel Islands. You can see where you started from 13.1 miles (sea level) earlier. Shuttle service takes you back to the start.

One of the more challenging races around town. Your quads and calves may be screaming at you, but it'll be worth it for the views at the finish.

More information and a link to the registration on Active.com is at www.runsantabarbara.com/pier-to-peak.

55th Annual 4th of July Parade in Santa Barbara

The 55th Annual 4th of July Parade in Santa Barbara will take place on Thursday, July 4, 2019, beginning at 1 p.m. at Micheltorena Street, proceeding down State Street to Old Town Barbara, ending at Cota Street.

Over 175 agencies will parade to a patriotic theme for the community to enjoy. This event is coordinated by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. Visit www.pcvf-4th-july.com for more information.


Sea Center Celebrates World Oceans Day with Free Admission in Santa Barbara on June 8th

Sea Center Celebrates World Oceans Day with Free Admission


On Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center on Stearns Wharf—in collaboration with local, national, and international science and conservation groups—will celebrate World Oceans Day by offering free Sea Center admission to all visitors.

Sea Center visitors of all ages can enjoy activities that invite them to think about the local marine environment and a wider global context. They’ll be able to explore a kelp holdfast in search of the numerous small animals that live inside kelp’s anchoring structure, and create art inspired by the kelp forest habitat. Visitors can immerse themselves with Blue Whales via a virtual reality headset in the Sea Center’s Channel Theatre. UCSB researchers from Hofmann Lab, Stier Lab, the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research Project, and the Research Experience & Education Facility will explain their scientific work in local waters. Representatives from Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Surfrider Foundation, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and the U.S. Coast Guard will show how they work to protect local marine resources.

To gain a sense of the bigger picture of marine health and climate interaction, guests can make a Penguin Post to receive a postcard from researchers in the Antarctic, learn about ocean currents and gyres with the Sea Center’s Portal to the Planet program, and talk to an outreach team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Harbor Patrol Fire Boat will stage a water display at 4:00 PM (time subject to change).

In an effort to create awareness of sustainable seafood practices and options for the Santa Barbara community, the Sea Center has partnered with local restaurants and seafood suppliers to provide a special seafood item on their menus deemed “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch (seafoodwatch.org) for the week leading up to World Oceans Day. Seafood partners include Get Hooked, Kanaloa Seafood, and more to be announced.

Surfrider Foundation’s Santa Barbara chapter will hold a beach clean-up at 9:00 AM on East Beach next to the pier before the event begins at 10:00 AM.

World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. A petition was then widely circulated to the United Nations, persuading them to officially recognize World Oceans Day. In December 2008, a United Nations General Assembly resolution was passed and June 8 became officially recognized as World Oceans Day.

For more information, visit sbnature.org or worldoceansday.org.

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

Powered by Science. Inspired by Nature. In 1987, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History built the Sea Center on historic Stearns Wharf to communicate the biodiversity and ecological importance of the regional ocean environment. This small aquarium and marine education facility offers guests hands-on encounters with life from the Santa Barbara Channel, including Swell Sharks, rays, sea stars, sea urchins, and anemones. On the wet deck, guests experiment like scientists by using oceanographic tools to sample the ocean and examine life below. Upstairs, guests can view mesmerizing jellies, Decorator Crabs, a California Two-Spot Octopus, soft corals, and other animals found in nearby waters. Life-size replicas of a Gray Whale mother and her calf preside over an unparalleled view of the coast towards East Beach, Montecito, and the spectacular Santa Ynez Mountains. For more information, visit sbnature.org/seacenter.