Visit Santa Barbara Presents What’s New Fall 2014

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While most cities are gearing up for cool autumn weather, fall is perhaps Santa Barbara’s finest season.; Photo Courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara

While most cities are gearing up for cool autumn weather, fall is perhaps Santa Barbara’s finest season. This fall offers plenty of events to spark anyone’s interest; film enthusiasts are invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Sideways," lovers of comedy will get a rise out of the LOL Comedy Festival hosted in the historic theater district, and those who are passionate about food will appreciate the month-long food festival known as Take a look at the list below for new and exciting things in store for this fall.

1. is a month long-celebration of food, wine and cultural related experience designed to engage the Santa Barbara life style. Participants can unlock secret menus, unique experiences, and one-time events by using the password “epic-scoop” at participating locations. Only those in the know can participate in this password driven program this October!

2.    It’s been 10 years since the release of "Sideways.: With its OSCAR® winning success, wine lovers from around the world now dream of traveling to our little slice of paradise to savor in Santa Barbara wine country’s Pinot Noir. While we don’t suggest drinking from the spit bucket, join us as we cheers to the 10th anniversary of "Sideways," the movie that changed everything and nothing.

3.    The LOL Comedy Festival has a new home in Santa Barbara for the 2014 festival. The re-branded LOL Comedy Festival will bring to Santa Barbara's Historic Theater District acclaimed touring comedians for 7 full days of laughs. Acts include Eleanor Karrigan, Jason Rouse, Brad Williams, Kirk Fox, Jay Mohr, Russell Peteres, Jim Jefferies, Andrew Dice Clay, and Rip Taylor.

4.    The Wayfarer is an upscale hostel opening this August in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone located on the Urban Wine Trail. Featuring private and shared rooms, The Wayfarer stands in the center of the hip Funk Zone neighborhood known for its wine, dining and art. Free Wi-Fi and an outdoor heated pool await guests after a day full of fun.

5.    Being a vegetarian has never been easier with new choices like the Himalayan Kitchen, the first local Himalayan restaurant. This downtown outpost serves Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan cuisine with 22 vegetarian dishes to satisfy a craving for international flavor. Chef Karma, born in Nepal, uses a variety of exotic spices to create dishes to dazzle local herbivores.

6.    Double your dose of wellbeing with Core Yoga at Salt, Santa Barbara’s Salt Caves. Experience flow yoga and core work all in the Salt Cave, which is built with 45 tons of 250 million year-old Himalayan crystal salt, to stimulate greater health as yogis move and breathe. Enjoy stress reduction and improved fitness with the benefits of the Salt Cave.

7.    Play a rousing round of golf then enjoy a night of fine dining at the Glen Annie Golf Club’s Dinner Series. This world class golf club is teaming up with local wineries, breweries, and chefs to create theme nights that are fit for a champion. Check the Glen Annie website for upcoming events and details.

8.    Rejoice in the month long Scarecrow Fest celebration from October 10th to November 10th in Santa Barbara’s Wine Country. View the creative talent in Solvang as Scarecrows post-up around town and encourage viewers to cast a vote in a scarecrow contest spanning over 6 categories. Each category highlights the unique traits that Solvang possesses, and inspires mindful, eco-conscious creativity.

9.    Never seen a dinosaur in person? Now is the time to meet the prehistoric past at the Santa Barbara Zoo! A live music stage show features dinosaur friends and invites volunteers to participate in a mock cooking show to reveal different diets of animals that call the zoo their home. Animal diets are revealed through original songs and Jurassic jokes.

10.    See and experience art right where it is made! Santa Barbara leading artists open their studios for the Santa Barbara Studio Artists 13th Annual Tour during the last full weekend of August. Join art aficionados from across the country in discovering fascinating studios. Meet artists in their private studios and learn more about their creative process.

11.    Climb aboard Santa Barbara’s original amphibious tour vehicle, the Land Shark, for a narrated land and sea tour adventure. Experience the best of Santa Barbara, in comfort aboard the most modern state-of-the-art amphibious vehicle in the world. A newly added Land Shark vehicle provides more availability to provide a unique look at the American Riviera this October.

12.    Join grapegrowers in celebrating a successful 2014 vintage during the Celebration of the Harvest Festival weekend from October 10th-13th. Vintners take a break from the cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales. Events will be taking place throughout Santa Barbara County, with the Harvest Festival Grand Tasting held on October 11th at Old Mission Santa Inés.

13.    Get your taste of local music and beer at Telegraph Brewing Co. Those who purchase a bottle of Silent Partner, named after a local band, will be treated to more than just Belgian ale; the bottling includes a download code for their latest album. It is a true collaboration as the beer label features the same artwork as the album.

14.    The 28th Annual Avocado Festival will take place in Carpinteria from October 3rd – 5th. Live music, family fun, and avocados will line the streets as over 100,000 festival goers attend. As Santa Barbara County is the third largest avocado producer in North America, it’s only natural that Carpinteria hosts a festival in its honor.

15.    The California Lemon Festival will take place on September 20th & 21st at Girsh Park in Goleta. Arts and craft vendors, a classic car show, and amusement park rides are just a few of the many activities planned to pay tribute to the iconic Goleta lemon—which become popular in Goleta in the late 1800’s.

Featured on the cover of Travel + Leisure in May 2013 and voted Best Getaway by L.A. Times Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012, Santa Barbara is located just 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coastline. Visitors can arrive via scenic Highway 101, train, bus or by flying into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport or Los Angeles International Airport. For travel and accommodation information and to request a free copy of the official Santa Barbara County Visitors Magazine, contact Visit Santa Barbara at 800.676.1266, 805.966.9222, tourism(at)santabarbaraca(dot)com or Visitor information is also available at the Visitor Center, 1 Garden Street (at Cabrillo Boulevard).

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