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Santa Barbara County has a wide variety of events that occur throughout the year and can be accessed completely car free! These events can be a great opportunity for both locals and visitors alike to experience the unique and diverse character of the area. Events range from celebrations of culture like Fiesta and to more food-centric events like the California Avocado Festival. Explore this page to find out more about events and information on how to attend these events car free.

Another great resource to help you get to events car free is Traffic Solutions’ SmartRide Events page. This highlights upcoming events, ways to get there car free and carpool opportunities.

**This page is a work in progress and we are continuing to add events to this page. If you have an event to add to this page please email [email protected].

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Farmers Market

It doesn’t get fresher than our Farmers Markets. With seven markets every week, it’s always a good time to stroll through the outdoor aisles of Santa Barbara County’s bounty. The County has many different locations and times to be accessible …

First Thursday

What better way to celebrate the first Friday of the month than by celebrating First Thursday? Pair art galleries and wine tastings with an evening stroll downtown to jumpstart that weekend feeling. This event runs the 1st Thursday of every month …

Sunday Arts & Crafts Show

Sip your coffee as you stroll along the shoreline during the Sunday Arts & Crafts Show. Take in the paintings, sculptures, and photographs as you mosey down the street. This events runs every Sunday on Cabrillo Blvd from Stearns Wharf …

The Santa Barbara Bowl

An intimate outdoor venue with enviable views — that’s what you get at the Santa Barbara Bowl. You also get a spring-through-fall lineup that doesn’t disappoint, with tickets to see artists Neil Young, Jack Johnson, Aerosmith, and Dolly Parton, and …


California Avocado Festival

Got guac? Get that and all things avocado at the Avocado Festival in Carpinteria every October. You can find the green fruit in everything from ice cream to artwork. For more event information see avofest.com

California Lemon Festival

Lemon meringue pie and lemon beer — experience the zest for all things lemon at the Lemon Festival in Goleta. Run around the obstacle courses or scale the rock wall during this September weekend and look to some lemonade to …

Harbor & Seafood Festival

Take in the breeze and the boats as you feast at the Harbor and Seafood Festival. In October, spend a Saturday savoring fresh fish and enjoying live music along the breakwater. For more event information, see here www.harborfestival.org.  

The Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival

The Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival brings together talented artists and sea glass enthusiasts from all across the country to the renowned coastal jewel of Santa Barbara, California. Featuring handmade, ocean-themed art and genuine sea glass jewelry, …


Parade of Lights

Kick off the holiday season with eye-catching colors on the water. Make your way to the waterfront in early December to view the Parade of Lights, where decorated boats get us into that holiday spirit. For more information about the …

SB International Film Festival

Late January and early February means one thing in Santa Barbara: It’s time to watch some movies. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, an 11-day extravaganza of cinema and celebrities, always dazzles.


Earth Day

Appreciate all our planet has to offer in at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival. For a weekend in April, walk, cycle, or scoot over to Alameda Park to dance for and toast to Mother Nature. And there is no …

I Madonnari Street Painting Festival

Memorial Day weekend means walking around in the sunshine as works of art take shape underneath the Mission. The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival draws hundreds of chalk-masters for a marathon display of color and creativity.

Orchid Show and Festival

Let the colors captivate you for hours at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show & Festival. See hundreds of beautiful blooms at this springtime staple.



Crack confetti-filled cascarones on your friends’ heads and consume delicious food at the mercados when Fiesta rolls around. In early August, Santa Barbara salutes its Spanish history with dancing- and parade-filled days. Vivala!

French Festival

Where can you find crepes, pastries, and a Poodle Parade in a park? Every July, you can find that at the French Festival in Santa Barbara. There’s no better excuse to hop on your bike with a baguette.


Just because it’s always sunny in Santa Barbara doesn’t mean Solstice isn’t a celebration. The first weekend of summer brings animated art to the streets of downtown, with a lively parade and a kickback festival to follow.

** These are events that SB CarFree participates in.

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