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Plan Your Perfect Summer: Local Events & Activities

June 28th, 2024


Montecito and Santa Barbara are heating up with summer fun. There’s no denying that this season brings new energy to the area with longer days, warmer nights, and perfect beach days. Whether you’re watching fireworks from the Miramar, celebrating Old Spanish Days during Fiesta, or attending a local fundraiser that supports a charity close to your heart – the possibilities are endless. Grab your sunscreen, put on some shades, and get ready to kick off your summer with these can’t-miss events and activities.

Your Summer Bucketlist

Music Academy of the West
Summer Festival

June 12 - August 3, 2024

Get ready for the 77th Summer Music Festival, themed “The Magic of Music,” running from June through August at the scenic Miraflores campus in Montecito. This festival promises unforgettable musical experiences with a captivating lineup of performances, masterclasses, and competitions, featuring both emerging talents and renowned artists.


PHOTO SOURCE: Music Academy of the West

Fourth of July BBQ at the Miramar

July 4, 2024

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a Coastal Cookout at the Rosewood Miramar. Enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, creative cocktails, and barbecue on the great lawn before watching fireworks that will launch from Santa Barbara’s West Beach at 9 p.m. If you need to cool off, be sure to swim out to the new swim raft, a floating platform perfect for families and friends to enjoy sun-soaked fun just a few feet from the sand.


Movie Nights at
the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Every Friday from July 5 - August 23, 2024

Don’t miss Friday evening screenings in July and August at the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse’s iconic sunken garden. This year’s “Sun, Surf and Cinema” theme features beloved beach-inspired movies like “Jaws,” “Point Break,” and “Mamma Mia!” starting at 8:30 p.m. Guests can set up their viewing spots from noon and are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and snacks.


PHOTO SOURCE: Santa Barbara County Office Arts and Culture

PHOTO SOURCE: Santa Barbara Polo Club

Sunday Polo

Every Sunday starting July 13th - October 2024

From July to October, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club comes alive with Sunday Polo matches, showcasing top players from around the world. Established in 1911, the historic club spans 87 scenic acres, featuring multiple fields and a charming clubhouse. Whether you’re watching from the Grandstand or a luxury cabana, be sure not to miss the traditional halftime divot stomps or lively after-parties hosted by DJ Fab.


California Wine Festival

July 19 - 20, 2024

The beloved California Wine Festival is coming to Santa Barbara for an incredible two-day event. The first day kicks off at the Hilton for an evening of rare wine tasting, beginning with a champagne reception under the stars at the Plaza del Sol. The second day is the signature event, attracting thousands of wine lovers to Chase Palm Park for a day of sun, sea, wine, food, and music, featuring hundreds of fine wines, regional craft brews, artisanal foods, and live entertainment.


PHOTO SOURCE: California Wine Festival


Lotusland Celebrates:
The Way of the Lotus

July 20, 2024

The annual Lotusland gala will include leaders in horticulture, environmentalism, culture, and philanthropy for its largest fundraiser supporting garden operations and biodiversity conservation. Held in the enchanting Ganna Walska Lotusland gardens in Montecito, the event features a cocktail reception, live performances, garden activations, an art installation, entertainment by Jane Lynch, and concludes with a live auction and seated dinner.


Old Spanish Days | Fiesta

July 31 - August 4, 2024

Old Spanish Days, also known as Fiesta, celebrates its centennial with a five-day festival honoring the city’s rich history and cultural heritage through music, dance, parades, and authentic cuisine. Events take place at iconic locations, such as the Mission and Courthouse, and will feature live music, mariachi bands, and traditional dance performances. Visitors can enjoy a variety of Spanish and Mexican-American foods at mercados and cantinas while exploring the vibrant festivities.


PHOTO SOURCE: Santa Barbara Zoo

Zoofari Ball:
Jungle After Night at the Santa Barbara Zoo

August 24, 2024

Support the Santa Barbara Zoo at this exclusive after-hours gala, hosted by Rincon Events, for a lively celebration under the stars. Guests are encouraged to embrace the dark side of the jungle with a dress code that calls for fierce animal prints, jungle jewel tones, and covert camouflage. The annual fundraiser will include a silent auction, dinner, raffle drawing, and an evening of dancing – all of which will benefit the animals residing at the Zoo, education programming, and fieldwork for conservation efforts.


Sunny Days Ahead 

Our community is brimming with events that offer something for everyone. The question is never “what should we do,” but always “where should we start?” If you’re seeking further recommendations or personalized guidance to plan your perfect summer, our team is here to help. With over 20 years of local luxury real estate experience, we have our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening around town. Get in touch so we can be your local guide, and we’ll ensure you make the most of this exciting season. There’s no better place to embrace the summer magic and create memories to last a lifetime!

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