The Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara has been the site for equestrian and agricultural shows since 1950. Today, it serves as a meeting point for all kinds of gatherings, expos, fairs, and more. Here is our guide to the top five events throughout the year that you shouldn’t miss:
Gem FaireFebruary 17-19, 2017
Every year when the Gem Faire comes to Santa Barbara, designers and shoppers alike flock to the Earl Warren Showgrounds to score great deals on beautiful gems, beads, crystals and more. Whether you just enjoy perusing the enormous selection or are looking to get inspired and make some jewelry of your own, this event is one of the largest in the United States. Come and find a rare, precious gemstone or stock up on the supplies you need to start creating.
Santa Barbara International Orchid ShowMarch 17-19, 2017
The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, now in its 72nd year, is one of the most beloved events in town for horticulturalists, gardeners and plant-lovers. Appealing even to those who don’t have a green thumb, this event showcases some of the most exotic and gorgeous orchids in the world. Visitors from all over come to witness and to buy rare forms from over 50 orchid vendors and exhibitors. Don’t miss the opportunity to see nature at its very finest.
Interactive Pumpkin Patch
October 31, 2017
Every October, the Showgrounds are host to an ‘Interactive Pumpkin Patch’ that includes a traditional pumpkin patch mixed with a carnival atmosphere that is great for the whole family. If you’re in Santa Barbara for Halloween, check out this spot for food, games, and activities, as well as a rock climbing wall, ferris wheel and bounce house for the kids.
As the original event at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, horse shows here feel authentic and special, like taking a step back in time and appreciating tradition. The shows mostly take place in the summer months and focus on two main categories, a multi-breed show and a hunter/jumper event. Come and spend an afternoon enjoying the beauty of these spectacular animals and take part in a piece of Santa Barbara’s history.
Santa Barbara Fair and Expo
April 26-30, 2017
Arguably the most exciting of all the annual events, the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo is a great time to spend with friends and family. If you’re in town, you won’t miss the giant ferris wheel at the heart of the fair. Come and check out the many farm animals, fair rides, festival food vendors and cooking contests at the next Santa Barbara Fair and Expo.