Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival takes place Oct. 15.

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival takes place Oct. 15. (Courtesy photo)

The 19th annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival returns Saturday, Oct. 15 to celebrate Santa Barbara Channel’s bounty and the fishermen who harvest it.  The free event that runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. has been on hiatus for two years due to the Covid pandemic.

The popular event is timed to celebrate the opening of lobster season and showcases fresh, regional seafood in addition to live music, maritime education, free boat rides, children’s activities, and vessel tours, according to the festival’s organizers.

This year, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) will participate in the Harbor & Seafood Festival by reducing its admission fees to $2 per person during the event’s hours. Featured at the museum is the art exhibit The Peaceful Sea: Paintings by Kevin A. Short, as well as First Order Pt. Conception Lighthouse Fresnel Lens.

Children can enjoy the Gail and Barry Berkus Children’s Gallery, offering hands-on activities, and the Patti Jacquemain mosaic mural. Visitors can also check out SBMM’s 4th floor Outdoor Santa Barbara Visitors Center and take in the harbor view.

In addition to its usual exhibits and educational activities, SBMM is partnering with Get Hooked for the festival to host a ceviche stand on the museum’s front patio.

For more, visit or call 805-962-8404 for details.