A family gets ready for a lobster feast. (Courtesy photo)

Community members and tourists alike are invited to celebrate Santa Barbara Channel’s bounty and the fishermen who harvest it at the 19th Annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

Timed to celebrate the opening of lobster season, the free festival showcases fresh, regional seafood in addition to live music, maritime education, free boat rides, children’s activities, and vessel tours.

The Harbor & Seafood Festival offers an interactive day, a reminder that Santa Barbara Harbor is a working harbor where more than 100 fishermen land millions of pounds of seafood each year, adding $30 million to the local economy and beyond.
 
Visitors can enjoy an abundance of sustainably harvested, high-quality seafood; meet fishermen; select local fresh-caught lobster, crab, and sea urchin “uni” and have them prepared on the spot. There will be specialty food booths for fish tacos, oysters, mussels, barbecued albacore, clam chowder, and seafood paella.
 
While Juan Dolor, Spencer the Gardner, and Cornerstone play live on a main stage, visitors can peruse festival memorabilia; shop for art, clothing and gifts; and take free harbor boat rides aboard the Double Dolphin and Kelpie.

The Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival is presented by the Santa Barbara Waterfront Department, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Inc., and the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants’ Association, along with various community partners and volunteers.
 
Visit HarborFestival.org for more details.