To celebrate the 150th birthday of Stearns Wharf, a grand birthday bash is planned for Saturday, October 8 from 11:00 am to 7:15pm.

This iconic structure, which has served as Santa Barbara’s front door, the birthplace of an industry, and the community’s plank park, will be honored by cannon battles with a tall ship, an Opera performance, live music by Tequila Mockingbird and they Double Wide Kings, Santa Barbara’s Yacht Club Parade of Fleet, Clam Chowder tastings by all the restaurants, a little history, fireworks, and a lot of fun.

In addition to the recreation, restaurants, and shops on the wharf, the day’s events include:

All Day                                                   Pianos on Stearns Wharf (Starting October 4th thru October 23rd )

10:15 AM – 4:15 PM                           Free rides for children 12 and under, Little Toot

11:00 AM – 11:30, & 12:00 PM        Tall Ship Mystic Whaler and Cannon fire

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM                           Scavenger hunt

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM                           Face painting

11:00 AM – 11:45 PM                         Free concert: Opera Santa Barbara – selection of crowd favorites

12:00 – 4:00 PM                                  Chowder tasting

1:00 PM                                                 Yacht Club Parade of Fleet

2:00 – 3:30 PM                                     Free concert: Tequila Mockingbird

4:30 – 7:00 PM                                     Free concert: Double Wide Kings

5:30 – 6:30 PM                                     Celebratory Convocation

7:00 PM                                                 Fireworks

For the details for the day’s events check the Wharfs website:

All activities are free and open to the public thanks in part to generous sponsors: Visit Santa Barbara, Jordanos , Montecito Bank and Trust, and the Condor Express.

ATTACHED PHOTOS (above):              Historical photos credit: Edson Smith Photo Collection


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

Stearns Wharf