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Make friends as you explore Santa Barbara and its vast social, cultural and civic activities.

Who We Are

Founded in 1955, the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club is a vibrant social club with approximately 800 members. Whether you are new to the area or simply looking to expand your social circle, our club offers a welcoming community where you can make new friends and explore all that Santa Barbara has to offer.

With over 50 events and activities each month, there's something for everyone! Some of our popular activities include:

  • Weekly TGIF gatherings to kick off the weekend
  • Beach walks to soak in the coastal beauty
  • Hiking and biking adventures for outdoor enthusiasts
  • Wine tasting events to savor the local flavors
  • Exclusive tours of local landmarks to learn about the area's rich history
  • Potluck dinners and cocktail parties for delightful social gatherings
  • Volunteer opportunities to give back to the community
  • Book clubs for literary discussions
  • Golf outings for those who enjoy a round on the greens

No matter your interests, you will find like-minded individuals ready to join you in making the most of our beautiful community.

Please visit Our Activities page to learn more about the variety of activities that are currently active.

Who's Eligible

You are eligible to join Newcomers within 18 months of moving to the area (Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta) and you plan on living in the Santa Barbara area for at least 6 months of the year.

Initial membership is for two years.  Many of our members opt to join for a third year, which requires active involvement in one or more of our activity committees.

Our club is run solely by member volunteers and is not-for-profit.  Our communication and payments are via our website, so some basic computer skills and a valid email account are necessary to become a member.

The Cost

Upon joining, there is a non-refundable one-time membership fee of $150 per person, which covers two years of membership.  Many of our activities are free but some do require a fee, when registering, to cover expenses of the event for those attending. 

How to Join

It's simple! Click the Join Us link to the right.   Join Us!

Please review our website for eligibility, cost, and joining instructions. To see some of our many events, please visit our Facebook & Instagram pages. If there are any further questions about joining, please reach out to us at

New Member Orientation Meetings

New and Prospective Member Orientation Meetings

Attend a new and prospective member monthly orientation meeting. The membership team will be on hand to give an overview of how the club is structured and answer any questions. Registration is required to attend. Please check the calendar for date, time and location. New members may attend one meeting within their first three months of joining. If there are any further questions, please reach out to us at

Santa Barbara Newcomers
Facebook Page

The Santa Barbara Newcomers Club Facebook page is curated by current and previous Newcomer members and contains a wealth of information including photographs from past events as well as information about upcoming events.  Check it out!

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