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 … Read more

Parade of Lights

  December 11th, 2022 The 36th Santa Barbara Boat Parade of Lights.   Schedule Noon             Winter Wonderland opens 1:45 pm         Harbor Patrol picks up Santa at the Launch Ramp 2:00 pm         Santa arrives at Winter Wonderland 2:30 pm         Human Powered registration begins at Travel Hoist Pier 3:00 pm         Skippers Meeting – Marine Center Classroom … Read more

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 … Read more


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 … Read more

Pianos On State

Discover the joy of live music on the street with Pianos on State, and now on Stearns Wharf; between October 4th and October 23rd. Go ahead! Tickle the keys… play a song, or clap for a random stranger playing a concerto on a colorful keyboard! Pianos on State Back to the 150th Anniversary page

150th Anniversary with the Mystic Whaler

  The Mystic Whaler will sail by Stearns Wharf at 11:00 AM and will proceed at 11:30 AM, and again at 12:00 PM with a series of ship-gun salutes from its tall ship.  The Mystic Whaler was built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and designed by V.B. Crockett.  She is a representation of a … Read more

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 … Read more

Opera Santa Barbara – selection of crowd favorites

  Come out to listen to live Opera from Opera Santa Barbara with a selection of crowd favorites. The free Opera will rock the Wharf from 11:00 Am to 11:45 Am. Founded in 1994, Opera Santa Barbara contributes to the cultural enrichment of our community by celebrating and championing the breadth and beauty of opera … Read more

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