A change of season can bring a fresh start, and this month, we welcome autumn on September 22. I love Santa Barbara at this time of year. The summer vacation crowds are gone, the kids are back in school, and it’s time to prepare our homes for fall with candles, pillows, throws, and that cozy duvet cover you missed all summer long. Plus, from September 9 to the 11th, the Harvest Moon will light up the skies, marking the transition from summer into fall.
Here in Santa Barbara, our Mediterranean summer-like weather continues through the fall season with the perfect combination of warm days and cool nights. For lovers of premium Santa Barbara Wine, fall marks the beginning of harvest, when area winemakers are busy transforming the season’s bounty into heaven by the glass. Even more, there’s a plethora of things to do here in the fall, including:
Pop Up Opera
September 1 at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street
SBMA has partnered with Opera Santa Barbara with a Pop Up Opera featuring a sampling of the season's art and music in the Museum's galleries. In September, enjoy a repertoire of music from around the globe, inspired by SBMA's current exhibition Going Global: Abstract Art at Mid-Century.
The Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ 2022 Open Studios Tour
Labor Day weekend, September 2 to 5
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet with our local artists about their incredible work as collectors, fellow artists, gallery owners, and art students open their studios to the public. This well-known, sought-after event is your chance to see their latest works while getting a glimpse into their creative process. It’s also known as one of the most-anticipated annual events in the regional art world.
The Margaritas y Más Festival
September 10 at Elings Park
Enjoy unlimited tastings of Tequila and Mezcal from Mexico's Top purveyors at this annual fundraiser for SBHS Band Boosters. In addition to the libations, attendees can savor mouth-watering food from Local Food Trucks while they groove to Live Music and Jumbo Lawn Games.
The Goleta Lemon Festival
September 24 and 25 at Girsh Park
Historically held in October, this year's annual weekend of family fun, food, and entertainment is happening a month earlier. Enjoy the things that make this one of the most anticipated events on the Goleta Coast for the past 28 years. We’re talking delicious food, a fantastic family atmosphere, and a variety of entertainment and activities, including the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show. Also, don't miss the pie-eating contests and the arts and crafts vendors.
Through October 9, hosted by the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
There’s nothing quite like wrapping up a glamorous weekend in Santa Barbara than dressing in your finest, sipping champagne, and cheering on the players from the sidelines at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Besides watching the sport of kings, attendees enjoy the historic and beautiful landscape of the Santa Barbara Mountains and the delicious food and drinks served at the Fieldside Grill.
The Lobero Theatre
33 East Canon Perdido St.
September at the intimate Lobero Theater features a star-studded lineup with performances that begin with GRAMMY® nominated singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tab Benoit who takes the stage on September 2. Fans of Alternative music will enjoy seeing Cat Power on September 9, and those into rock and roll don't want to miss seeing Suzanne Vega on the 28th. Other shows this month include Accentuate the Positive on the 15th, Trap at 25 on September 24, and Get the Led Out on September 30.
The Santa Barbara Bowl
1122 N Milpas St.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne is coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 7, performing everyone’s favorites including "Running on Empty," "Somebody's Baby," "Doctor My Eyes," "Downhill from Everywhere” and more. Other artists taking the stage this month include Flume on September 1, performing his hypnotic and abstract compositions that awaken the senses, the Goo Goo Dolls performing fan favorites from their three-plus decades of staples on September 3, and singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bonnie Raitt on the 22nd, to name just a few.
This September is an especially great time to list your Santa Barbara home. With winter and the holiday season on the horizon, buyers who are looking in the autumn months are, by and large, more likely to bring a sense of urgency to the process. Serious buyers mean serious offers. If you’re planning a move in the near future, please call me at (805) 886-9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com for a free consultation regarding selling and buying. Meantime, enjoy yourself and support our wonderful community by attending any of the Santa Barbara events this September.