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 …

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150th Anniversary Fireworks

The day’s events will be capped off at 7pm with a brief but spectacular fireworks display which will include a special nod to the momentous occasion. Similar to July 4th, the fireworks will be fired from West Beach. Back to the 150th Anniversary page

Celebratory Convocation

The highlight of the daylong anniversary festivities on the wharf will be a Celebratory Convocation. In the afternoon, live music by the popular local band Doublewide Kings will set the stage.  At 5:30, elected officials, business and civic leaders will gather to formally mark the great occasion. Renowned local historian Neal Graffy will regale you with fun …

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Saturday, October 8th Stearns Wharf to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

Stearns Wharf is more than a nice place to watch boats or fish, it’s a structure that changed the face of Santa Barbara-literally. 150 years ago, Santa Barbara, being surrounded by mountains, was an isolated pueblo. There were no roads into town, there was no railroad. When John Peck Stearns built the wharf in 1872 …

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Wharf Wednesday Concert to feature The Do No Harm Band

There’s no better view of Santa Barbara than from Stearns Wharf and there’s no better time to experience it than on Wharf Wednesdays. To celebrate Stearns Wharf’s 150th birthday, Wharf Merchants are offering specials on the first Wednesday of every month in 2022. The next Wharf Wednesday on April 6th will also feature live music …

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  Stearns Wharf, the oldest working wood wharf in California, was built in 1872 by John Peck Stearns to facilitate the transfer of cargo and people from ships to shore. In 1925, the State of California, conveyed the Tidelands and the Harbor area to the City to be held in trust for certain priority uses …

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Read about reviews from our visitors. We appreciate each and every one.   Review of Stearns Wharf, from Tripadvisor Ranked #24 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara. No visit to Santa Barbara would be complete wtihout a stroll down this beautiful wharf. Also a great place for that Kodak moment while visitng Santa Barbara. Amy …

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Stearns Wharf Pet Policy

Dogs are allowed Stearns Wharf and there are rules/laws/regulations that govern animals and/or dogs. Most of the laws are common among municipalities. For example, dogs must be on a leash, less than 6′ in length, the dog must always be under the immediate control of the owner, you must clean up after your dog, and …

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