Who says cotton candy, clambakes, and Ferris wheels don't mix? Find these and more at the following seasonal seaside celebrations.
Santa Barbara, California, October 11, 2014; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Head to the Santa Barbara Harbor, where if the lobster, sea bass, and prawns were any fresher, they'd still be swimming. Dozens of local fishermen cast their nets and lines all day and bring their fruits of the sea directly to the pier, where you can handpick your meal and watch as local chefs prepare them in every style imaginable. Other distractions include live entertainment, free boat rides, tours of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and a Marine research vessel, children's activities, and a breathtaking setting on the harbor.
Admission is free; 805/897-1962 or harborfestival.org.