Sheltered by the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is the home of gorgeous weather, charming white-washed buildings with red tile roofs, and 100 miles of coastline. On top of all that, we’ve got another reason for you to go there: On Saturday, June 30, the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ takes place between 2:00 and 5:00 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Come and enjoy wine from over 70 premier Central Coast wineries complimented with sweet and savory delights provided by almost 30 food purveyors. Just click here to order tickets.
Admission to the event is $85 per person, $60 for Museum Members. If tickets are still available, they will be sold at the door for $95 per person on a first-come, first-served basis so you should probably just order them online now. To alleviate transportation issues, the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ is providing free parking with a free shuttle at three parking lots near the museum [Roosevelt School, the Garden Street Academy (formerly St. Anthony’s), and the Presbyterian Church at Constance and State]. Shuttle service starts at noon, and runs until 6:00 p.m. If you really want to park in the museum lot, parking passes are $10 per standard-sized vehicle and can be ordered online at the same time you purchase your event tickets.
At the Festival you will be able to try wines from excellent wineries such as Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards, Au Bon Climat, Babcock Winery, Beckmen Vineyards, Brander Vineyard, Brewer-Clifton, Fiddlehead Cellars, Foley Family Wines, FOXEN, Ken Brown Wines, Melville Vineyards and Winery, Palmina, QUPÉ and Tablas Creek Vineyard.
When you get hungry, head to the tables featuring food from companies including Bridge Brands Chocolate, Brophy Bros., Ca’ Dario, Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro, Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, Root 246 and Santa Barbara Tamales To Go.
Proceeds from the Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ support the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits. The Museum collection contains more than three million artifacts and specimens in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, vertebrate and invertebrate biology, geology and paleontology, art, library, and archives. The Museum also maintains a diverse set of educational programs for all ages ranging from pre-school children to senior citizens. In order to get more information, see complete listings of the wineries and food purveyors participating in the Festival, or to order your tickets, please go here.