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The Oyster Bar at Moby Dick Restaurant

Stearns Wharf welcomes the new Oyster Bar at Moby Dick Restaurant.

The Oyster Bar at is an exciting new addition to the iconic Moby Dick Restaurant and its incomparable setting.
The Oyster Bar offers an imaginative menu featuring a curated selection of fresh seafood, craft cocktails, craft beers and great wines from our region.

Come visit Stearns Wharf and the Grand opening of the Oyster Bar on May 30th, 2024.

“We are thrilled to bring The Oyster Bar to the city of Santa Barbara,” said Chef David Campos. “Our goal is to showcase the best of local seafood in a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere.” ” I am beyond thrilled to bring my passion for hospitality to The Oyster Bar at Sterns Wharf, we”ll create unforgettable experiences for our guests and showcase the best from the Central Coast ” said Amado Simon

The Oyster Bar will be open from 11:00am to 9:00pm, offering a menu that highlights the bounty of the sea. The adjacent Moby Dick restaurant is also undergoing a transformation with a new menu and beverage program, making it a must-visit destination for food and drink enthusiasts in the area.

Moby Dick oyster barMoby Dick oyster bar drinks

 

Moby Dick oyster bar lobster plate

Moby Dick oyster bar meal

Fiesta on Stearns Wharf

Saturday August 5th, 2023

There’s no better view of Santa Barbara than from Stearns Wharf, and there’s no better time to experience it than after the Children’s Fiesta Parade on Cabrillo Boulevard August 5th. Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca will provide a free Mexican folklórico dance showcase from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Stearns Wharf.

Folklorico Mexico Azteca will be part of the Children’s Parade, and after the parade they will set up on the wharf for the Dance Showcase. Wearing traditional costumes; dancers with different skill levels will perform dances from the fiesta heritage. For more information about the dance group, visit www.mexicoazteca.org.

Bring the kids or a date, have lunch or dinner, stroll the shops and the Sea Center, and you’ve got the makings for a memorable afternoon. Mark your calendar now and come see the dance group on the most picturesque stage in the world!

Ballet Folklorico Mexico Aztecz

Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca

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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

Wharf Wednesday Concert to feature King Bee

King Bees

King Bees

Unfortunately, May 3rd Wharf Wednesday is cancelled due to rain

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. As a follow on to last year’s 150th Anniversary, free concerts will be on the first Wednesday in 2023, through October.

Wharf Wednesday on May 3rd will feature live music by the King Bee. The free concert will rock the Wharf from 4 pm to 6 pm.

King Bee is beloved by their loyal fanbase for their high energy sets and eclectic mix of the best dance songs from over the years spanning classic rock n’ roll, pop, blues, and Motown/R&B. Santa Barbara area club-goers have been dancing to the contagious groove of King Bee’s rock n’ roll dance music for 22 years now! Their massive repertoire draws from 7 decades of top dance hits, adding their own secret sauce to the mix playing covers by a wide range of artists from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, The Killers, and Pharrell.

Bring the kids or a date, have dinner or drinks, stroll the shops, take in the sunset and you’ve got the makings for a memorable evening. Mark your calendar now and come listen to some great music on the most picturesque stage in the world!

Don’t miss the Wharf Wednesday’s concert series this year:

Do No Harm Band June 7th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Double Wide Kings July 5th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Tequila Mockingbird August 2nd, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Academy September 6th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Down Mountain Lights October 4th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

There’s a lot to do on Stearns Wharf:

  • Live music on the First Wednesday’s
  • 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
  • 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

Wharf Wednesday Cost: Free!

Wharf Wednesdays Sponsors

Visit Santa Barbara Spirit Logo width= Stearns Wharf Business Association Santa Barbara Independent
Jordano's Santa Barbara Airport Santa Barbara City Seal

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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

Stearns Wharf Holiday Tree Lighting

On December 11th, join us on Stearns Wharf to kick off the holiday season!

At 5:00 PM, before the start of the Parade of Lights boat parade, they 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 36th 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!

Xmas Tree Moon Topper - Matthew Hawk Photography

Moon Topper

Photo credit to Matthew Hawk Photography

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

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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

Wharf Wednesday Concert to feature The Paradise Kings is CANCELLED

Wharf Wednesday November 2nd is CANCELLED due to inclement weather

Wharf Wednesday on November 2nd will also feature live music by The Paradise Kings.  The free concert will rock the Wharf from 5pm to 7pm.  The Paradise Kings play a variety of cover and original material that includes rock, blues, and a few swing tunes that will make you want to dance!  The Santa Barbara based band has been performing for many years with the lineup of Erika Wszulkowski on lead vocals, Bob Gross on bass/vocals, Jeff Gring on guitar and George Lambert on drums/vocals, and are looking forward to releasing their second studio album later this year or early next year. Come on out and dance!

The night will start by firing the historic cannon. Bring the kids or a date, have dinner or drinks, stroll the shops, take in the sunset and you’ve got the makings for a memorable evening. Mark your calendar now and come listen to some great music on the most picturesque stage in the world!

Stay tuned to https://stearnswharf.org/events/ for the remainder of the concerts, and other events that will take place throughout the end of year.


The Paradise Kings and Historic images of Stearns Wharf

 

The Paradise Kings

Postcard Potter Hotel Stearns Wharf c1905

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wharf Wednesday specials include:

Char West
Char West

Buy an entrée, and get any small fountain drink for $1.50

Deep Sea Tasting Room
Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room
 

Any 5 bottles of Deep Sea wine for $150, Buy 4 and get 1 free

Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Buy one Personalized License Plate, and get the second one for $1.50

The Great Pacific Ice Cream Company
The Great Pacific Ice Cream Company

Buy any ice cream, and get a free bottle of water.

Moby Dick Restaurant
Moby Dick

Buy one Breakfast, get one 50% off.  Certain restrictions apply.

Mother Stearns Candy Company
Mother Stearns Candy Company

Salt Water Taffy, 15 pieces for $1.50

Natures Own
Natures Own Gallery

Buy a Pink Murex Shell for $1.50

Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle
Stearns Wharf Bait & Tackle

Rent 1 pole and get a second pole for $1.50, Plus an extra cup of bait.


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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

 

STEARNS WHARF 150TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION October 8th

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: https://stearnswharf.org/stearns-wharf-to-celebrate-150th-anniversary/

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

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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

Wharf Wednesday Concert to feature Down Mountain Lights

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.

Wharf Wednesday on October 5th will also feature live music by Down Mountain Lights.  The free concert will rock the Wharf from 5pm to 7pm.  Down Mountain Lights is a local Santa Barbara band that plays a mix of upbeat 1970s grooves and current hits. While relatively new to the Santa Barbara music scene, Down Mountain Lights has quickly become a fan-favorite with a loyal following. Vocal harmonies and a good-time vibe are perfect for a sunset jam. Come on out and dance!

The night will start by firing the historic cannon. Bring the kids or a date, have dinner or drinks, stroll the shops, take in the sunset and you’ve got the makings for a memorable evening. Mark your calendar now and come listen to some great music on the most picturesque stage in the world!

Stay tuned to Stearns Wharf Celebrates 150th Anniversary for the remainder of the summer concerts, and other events that will take place throughout the year. The big anniversary bash will be on Saturday, October 8th.

Dawn Mountain Lights 

Down Mountain Lights

Stearns Wharf Historical

  Historical photos credit: Edson Smith Photo Collection

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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

Wharf Wednesday Concert to feature Mariachi Real

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.

Wharf Wednesday on August 3rd will also feature a live Mariachi Band. Come join us for a little Fiesta, Mariachi Real will serenade the wharf starting at 5 until 7:00 PM.

You do not want to miss this edition of Wharf Wednesday.

The night will start by firing the historic cannon. Bring the kids or a date, have dinner or drinks, stroll the shops, take in the sunset and you’ve got the makings for a memorable evening. Mark your calendar now and come listen to some great music on the most picturesque stage in the world!

Stay tuned to Stearns Wharf Celebrates 150th Anniversary for the remainder of the summer concerts, and other events that will take place throughout the year. The big anniversary bash will be on Saturday, October 8th.

Stearns Wharf circa 1878

ATTACHED PHOTOS: Historical photos credit: Edson Smith Photo Collection

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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

Wharf Wednesday Concert to feature Spencer the Gardener

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.

Wharf Wednesday on July 6th will also feature live music by Spencer the Gardener. The free concert will rock the Wharf from 6pm to 8pm. The Latin Big Band Indie Surf Sounds of Spencer the Gardener – The long running SB outfit is at work on a new record as well as a film to go with it and look forward to playing on the Wharf! You do not want to miss this edition of Wharf Wednesday.

The night will start by firing the historic cannon. Bring the kids or a date, have dinner or drinks, stroll the shops, take in the sunset and you’ve got the makings for a memorable evening. Mark your calendar now and come listen to some great music on the most picturesque stage in the world!

Stay tuned to Stearns Wharf Celebrates 150th Anniversary for the remainder of the summer concerts, and other events that will take place throughout the year. The big anniversary bash will be on Saturday, October 8th.

ATTACHED PHOTOS:

Spencer the Gardener
Spencer the Gardener
Postcard Potter Hotel Stearns Wharf c1905
Historic images of Stearns Wharf

Historical photos credit: Edson Smith Photo Collection

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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

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 by the Do No Harm Band. The free concert will rock the Wharf from 6pm to 8pm. Do No Harm Band is a five piece, Multi-Genre Santa Barbara, California based band. Formed in 2007, Do No Harm Band has been a “must have” favored dance band for all occasions/events throughout the Santa Barbara County. This gifted, experienced, energetic group of musicians/vocalists takes pride in keeping your favorite Rock, R&B, Soul, Motown, Disco, Blues, Latin, Country and Jazz alive.

The night will start by firing the historic cannon. Bring the kids or a date, have dinner or drinks, stroll the shops, take in the sunset and you’ve got the makings for a memorable evening. Mark your calendar now and come listen to some great music on the most picturesque stage in the world!

Stay tuned to https://stearnswharf.org/stearns-wharf-to-celebrate-150th-anniversary/ for the remainder of the summer concerts, and other events that will take place throughout the year. The big anniversary bash will be on Saturday, October 8th.

Do No Harm Band
April 6th – Do No Harm Band

Historical photos credit: Edson Smith Photo Collection

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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

Stearns Wharf