Stearns Wharf 147th Anniversary

Come join as we celebrate Stearns Wharf 147th Anniversary

Stearns Wharf circa 1878

Join us on Stearns Wharf to celebrate the 147th Anniversary during the Month of October.  Visit the merchants and see what specials they have in celebration of the Wharf’s Anniversary.

Stearns Wharf is the oldest working wood wharf in California, it was built in 1872 by John Peck Stearns to facilitate the transfer of cargo and people from ships to shore.

Up until the 1870s, Santa Barbara was virtually cut off from the outside world by its natural barriers of the ocean and the mountains. In 1867, John Peck Stearns moved to Santa Barbara and opened a lumberyard at the foot of State Street. Mr. Stearns noted that the town needed a long wharf so that Ocean ships could tie up at low tide. In 1872, with the financial backing of Colonel William Welles Hollister, Stearns completed the Wharf and Santa Barbara’s isolation from the outside world was over.

Over the years Stearns Wharf has survived severe storms, tornados, and fires making it the oldest working wooden wharf in California.

Experience Santa Barbara and Share in the magic of Stearns Wharf; come celebrate the 147th Anniversary of Stearns Wharf during the month of October and ask your favorite merchants for their Anniversary Specials.

Modern Day Stearns Wharf

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The Stearns Wharf Merchants Association represents the merchants and business owners on Stearns Wharf. Stearns Wharf is located at the end of State Street between East Beach and the Santa Barbara Harbor. For more information, visit www.stearnswharf.org.

Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Fourth of July

PRESS RELEASE & CALENDAR LISTING

Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Who:    Stearns Wharf Merchants Association

What:     Fourth  of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf

When:    Thursday, July 4, 2019

          Live music begins at 12:00 PM |Firework show begins at 9 PM

Where:    Stearns Wharf and West Beach, Santa Barbara

Why:     Stearns Wharf celebrates Independence Day with the best view of the annual fireworks show.,

The wharf offers many attractions while you are waiting for the fireworks show to begin including:

  • Live music provided by Unknown Daze (From 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
  • Live music by Tequila Mockingbird (From 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • Face painting
  • Festive treats including ice cream, sherbet, candy, popcorn, fudge, and cotton candy
  • Jewelry, art, crafts, gifts, and toys
  • Shells, minerals, and fossils
  • Wine tasting
  • Sportswear clothing
  • Fishing gear rental and bait and tackle
  • Palm reading
  • Fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, prime rib, fish and chips, burgers, cocktails,
    exotic tropical drinks, and more
  • Child-friendly water taxi and harbor tours
  • Interactive Sea Center museum

Watch the fireworks after dark from one of the best locations in the city with the display shooting off right next to Stearns Wharf.

Cost:        Free!

 

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of Californias South Coast for over a century.   Stearns Wharf, Your local destination – and where State Street Meets the Sea.  Ninety minutes free parking, and always dog-on-a-leash friendly. 

For more information, please visit www.stearnswharf.org

Tequila MockingbirdTequila Mockingbird is a Santa Barbara-based rock band that has been performing around the area for many years.  They specialize in dishing up their own signature interpretation of the best classic and modern rock, blues, funk and groove to the delight of all who enjoy high-energy live music.

The vocal styling of lead singer Bob McDermott is a constant, as well as the thumping groove of bass player Jim Giles. With drummer Steve (Stevie Thunder) Timm, and the extraordinary guitar work of Pete Wolf, they have settled into a rock solid group that locals can count on for a good time to be had by all.

Unknown DazeUnknown Daze is another local original rock band with a wide-ranging style powered by a driving beat, thickly textured guitar work and multi-part vocal harmonies.

Brothers Greg Wolf and Pete Wolf handle the guitars with Jim Giles on bass, Steve Timm on drums, and all four of the boys sing. Influences range from classic to modern rock and back again with flavors of progressive, blues, heartfelt ballads and high-energy rockers both familiar and original woven throughout their live performances.

Face-painting-and-henna

Santa Barbara Face Painting and Henna

Complementary Face Painting by Santa Barbara Face Painting, Courtesy of the Stearns Wharf Business Association! Also available are Henna Tattoo’s.

For more information, please visit: http://santabarbarafacepainting.com


Contact: Neil Bruskin, Stearns Wharf Merchants Association President
Phone: 805.698.5600
Email: mscandy@cox.net


Tales & Scales

Tales & Scales

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10:00 AM—3:00 PM

Where: Sea Center, Stearns Wharf

Creep and slither around the Sea Center in your Halloween costume while enjoying thrilling and
chilling activities! Gasp for breath as you watch Sea Center divers uncover the shadowy underwater world
beneath Stearns Wharf.


Special Showings

Stearns Wharf Live Dive
10:00 AM
Live Stream from E/V Nautilus
11:00 AM & 12:30 PM
Live Owl with Eyes in the Sky
1:00 PM
Moon Jellies Touch Station
2:00 PM
Harbor Patrol Fire Boat Water Display
3:00 PM

More Details on Tales&Scales2018_Flyer
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Halloween costumes are encouraged.


Shark Cove

Fourth of July 2018

Press release & CALENDAR LISTING

Fourth of July on Stearns Wharf

Who:       Stearns Wharf Merchants Association

What:     Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show from Stearns Wharf

When:    Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Live music begins at 11:00 AM |Firework show begins at 9 PM

Where:   Stearns Wharf and West Beach, Santa Barbara

Why:      Stearns Wharf celebrates Independence Day with the best view of the annual fireworks show. While waiting for the fireworks show to begin, the wharf offers many attractions including:

  • Live music provided by Musicology’s SeaCliff and Notes for Notes® Jazz Villains (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Live music by Tequila Mockingbird (From 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
  • Face painting
  • Festive treats including ice cream, sherbet, candy, popcorn, fudge, and cotton candy
  • Jewelry, hats, leather goods, art, crafts, gifts, and toys
  • Shells, minerals, and fossils
  • Wine tasting
  • Sportswear clothing
  • Fishing gear rental and bait and tackle
  • Palm reading
  • Fresh fish, shellfish, steaks, prime rib, fish and chips, burgers, cocktails, exotic tropical drinks, and more
  • Child-friendly water taxi and harbor tours
  • Interactive Sea Center museum

After dark, watch the fireworks from one of the best locations in the city with the display shooting off right next to Stearns Wharf.

Cost: Free!

Co-sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara

Stearns Wharf is located in the harbor in Santa Barbara, California. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century.   Stearns Wharf, Your local destination – and where State Street Meets the Sea.  Ninety minutes free parking, and always dog-on-a-leash friendly. 
For more information, please visit www.stearnswharf.org

Tequila Mockingbird
Tequila Mockingbird is a Santa Barbara-based rock band that has been performing around the area for many years.  They specialize in dishing up their own signature interpretation of the best classic and modern rock, blues, funk and groove to the delight of all who enjoy high-energy live music.

The vocal styling of lead singer Bob McDermott is a constant, as well as the thumping groove of bass player Jim Giles. With drummer Steve (Stevie Thunder) Timm, and the extraordinary guitar work of Pete Wolf, they have settled into a rock solid group that locals can count on for a good time to be had by all.

Musicology Founder Erland Wanberg started playing the guitar and writing songs when he was 13 years old. Along his musical journey, Erland discovered his love and talent for teaching. For over a decade he has inspired students of all ages and skill levels to excel with passion and dedication. Many of his students have gone on to pursue their own musical ambitions as recording artists and performers. Erland decided to return home from Nashville with intentions to give back to the community that helped him get his start. In light of coming home, Musicology Santa Barbara was born.
For more information, please visit https://www.musicologysb.com/

Notes for Notes
Notes for Notes® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for FREE. Notes for Notes Studios are packed with professional instruments guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths and equipment DJ gear, digital music workstations and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, we educate youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Notes for Notes was founded on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, with the power to transcend virtually any cultural, racial, or socioeconomic barrier. At the heart of the organization is a dedication to the relationships formed through music. Music inspires connection and collaboration, and it is through these relationships that we can make the most impact.
For more information, please visit http://notesfornotes.org.

Jazz Villains are an up and coming youth jazz combo based out of Santa Barbara, CA. In just under 2 years, the six-piece have already made their mark at venues such as The Lobero Theater, Marjourie Luke Theater, Santa Barbara’s SOhO and Ventura’s Squashed Grapes. All members range from ages 13 to seventeen, giving their audience a contemporary and refreshing approach to classic jazz standards. Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing”, Miles Davis’ “So What” and Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” being some of their most notable renditions. More recently, Jazz Villains teamed up with David Rojas to record their original song “Yes Baby, I Treat You Right” at the Notes For Notes® studios.

Stearns Wharf Kicks Off the Holidays with Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lit Christmas Tree

Join us on Stearns Wharf, December 9th to kick off the holiday season!

Before the start of the Parade of Lights boat parade, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo will switch on the lights of a beautiful 25-foot Green White Fir on Stearns Wharf to officially open the holiday season for the waterfront.

The 32nd Annual Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m. with some 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging for the parade takes place from the east side of Stearns Wharf. Take advantage of the opportunity to start your holiday season by having dinner, a treat, or do some holiday shopping for your family and friends. Gift Certificates are available at Wharf businesses.

Parking is available on Stearns Wharf (if parked prior to 3:30 p.m.) as well as at the Chase Palm Park & Garden Street parking lots. The first 90-minutes of parking on the wharf is free!

Sponsored by the Stearns Wharf Merchants. For more information, visit StearnsWharf.org.

Contact: Neil Bruskin, Stearns Wharf Merchants Association President
Phone: 805.962.6010
Email: mscandy@cox.net

 

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Stearns Wharf is located adjacent to the harbor in Santa Barbara, California, United States. When completed in 1872, it became the longest deep-water Wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California’s South Coast for over a century.

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