Public Events

The events shown in the Club's Public Events Calendar are open to Members, Extended Members, Alumni (former Members who have joined the Graduates Club), Potential Members (new residents of Santa Barbara who have lived here 18 months or less), and guests.  These events provide an opportunity for Potential Members to meet current Members to see if the Club will be a good fit for them. 

Former Members have the opportunity to reconnect with the friends and acquaintances they met while they were in the Club and to meet current Members.  We look forward to seeing you at these fun events, which include Cheers, TGIF, Walking the Waterfront, and Hiking.

Upcoming events

    • January 07, 2019
    • December 16, 2019
    • 50 sessions
    • High Sierra Grill, 521 Firestone Rd, Goleta

    Mah Jongg 

    Mah Jongg is a game of both skill and luck that originated in China many centuries ago and was brought to the West in the 1920's.   The excitement of Mah Jongg lies in the decisions that you will constantly have to make. 

    Come play!  All you need is the 2019 American Mah Jongg Card and a basic knowledge of the game, and you’ll be ready to play!  Invite your Mah Jongg playing friends to come, too!

    If you already know the game and want to meet new players, we invite you to drop in and join us!

    You can email us with any questions if you need more information, at: mahjongg@sbnewcomers.org

    High Sierra Grill collects $5/player at the time of play to help cover the cost of the Mah Jonggers utilizing the space.  Plan on staying after to celebrate your Mah Jongg wins at the High Sierra Grill happy hour afterward.

    • January 14, 2019
    • August 19, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • The Hotel Californian, 36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

    New in Town? 

    We would love to have you join us for one of our orientation meetings!

    You're invited to a Reception followed by a "Welcome to Newcomers" Meeting.

    On the third Monday of each month we host a Welcome Reception open to those new to Santa Barbara. Anyone who has moved to the Santa Barbara area within the last 18 months is encouraged to join us. This will be followed by a meeting for prospective and new members of the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club. 

    You only have to attend one meeting!

    Santa Barbara Newcomers Club is the biggest social club in all of Santa Barbara! We are 700+ members strong and offer over 50 events a month for you to participate in.

    By joining the club, you are able to partake in lots of fun activities, meet great people and learn all about your new home town.

    We will give you all the details about this outstanding club including dues, how to register, what types of events are held, members, etc.  Again, you only need to attend one orientation meeting!!

    We look forward to meeting you!



    Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for a Meet & Greet reception followed at 7:00 by an informational meeting which will promptly end at 8:00.

    ***NEW LOCATION*** (beginning with 5/20 meeting)

    36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

    Parking is available in the public parking structure on property located on Helena Ave or street parking. 

    Lobby entrance to Hotel Californian is located on Mason Street.

    Once inside the lobby, look for the red Newcomers signs!

    For more information, please contact the VP Membership


    • February 24, 2019
    • August 18, 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara CA
    • 30

    Join our pack!

    Come walk Hendry's Beach with your furry friends or borrow one of ours to walk with.

    We meet at the picnic tables behind the lifeguard stand at Hendry's Beach. (The meeting spot is just across the parking lot from the entrance to the Boathouse Restaurant.)


    Event open to members, graduates and friends.

    No need to register - just show up!



    Questions? Contact Carolyn or Dave Styler


    For directions to Hendry's Beach, click here

    • March 01, 2019
    • (PST)
    • August 30, 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 79 sessions
    • Meet at Char West on the Wharf

    Please join our group of 30 to 50 walkers, consisting of Newcomers, Graduates, and longtime Santa Barbara residents, as we walk along the waterfront.

    There's no need to register.  The Stearns Wharf Walking Group starts and ends at Char West near the Ice Cream Shop (MWF).  Parking is free that time of day.  Enjoy time with the group for coffee at Francisco's Char West.

    We start walking promptly at 8:00am and walk at our own pace while visiting with fellow walkers. The group walks about 3 miles which takes 45 minutes to an hour depending upon your pace. 

    • March 05, 2019
    • August 29, 2019
    • 52 sessions
    • Hendry's Beach (See event details)

    Join us at Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach County Park) every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:45. We walk the beach, visit, make new friends and catch up with old friends, spot whales and dolphins and get fresh air and exercise. Some of us walk fast, and some of us stroll. Then we gather at the picnic tables and visit some more. Sometimes there is food to share. 

    Contact stridebythetide@sbnewcomers.org with any questions.

    Hendry'sBeach/Arroyo Burro is just west of the intersection of Cliff Drive and Las Positas Rd. (exit 100 on freeway). There is a large parking lot. We meet at the top of the stairs next to Boathouse at Hendry's Beach restaurant, 2981 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara. The restaurant is located at the end of the parking lot right next to the ocean.

    Wear shoes that can be used on the beach for rocks, sand.

    • June 20, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Oliver's; 1198 Coast Village Road; Montecito

    Join us for a Cheers event with flavor & friends

    June 20 at Oliver’s
    1198 Coast Village Road; Montecito


    Cheers is the first event for our newest members fresh from orientation, and all Newcomers are welcome to attend. It’s a great way to mingle with board members and committee chairs in a relaxed atmosphere.

    • June 21, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Cold Springs Trailhead

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

    This is a Friday 8:30am meetup – no need to register.

    Cold Springs Ridge Loop with Montecito Overlook option

    We will follow the Cold Springs Trail to the Edison Catway and Montecito Overlook, with its sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. Then it’s back down the gradual trail. Hiking Distance: About 4 miles round trip. Elevation gain: 1200 feet.  About 2.5 hours.

    As this is a meetup, our guide is along to show the path to hikers.  For you to decide if this hike is right for you, here is a link to the Trail map.

    Optional Hike

    Optionally, a group of us may continue on the Cold Springs Trail to a short but steep trail up to Montecito Peak.  Hiking Distance: 6.8 miles round trip if you go all the way! Elevation gain: 1939 feet. Hiking time 3.5 hours.

    Google Maps for the trailhead

    DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Cold Springs trailhead on E. Mountain Drive just east of the stream crossing. There is ample street parking on weekdays. From either direction on Fwy 101, exit at Olive Mill Road and turn toward the mountains. Continue up Olive Mill Rd 1.0 mile, crossing East Valley Rd where name changes to Hot Springs Rd. After another 1.0 mile turn left on East Mountain Drive. Go 1.1 miles to trailhead on the right, just before the creek crossing.  (You’ll probably see cars & hikers when you first turn onto East Mountain Drive. That is another trailhead.  Do not stop. Continue 1.1 miles.)

    Hike Guide: Richard Chiles with Bo Kite

    Hope you will join us!


    • June 21, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 414 N. Salsipuedes St. Santa Barbara, Ca 93103

    Join us June 21, 5pm to 7pm at


    Live Music from 7pm to 9pm

    Carr Vineyards & Winery is a small handcrafted winery located in downtown Santa Barbara. The winery’s first vintage was in 1999. All of the wines produced at Carr Winery are sourced from Santa Barbara County grapes grown by Ryan Carr. Because the vineyards are operated under Ryan Carr’s supervision, the grapes are grown to his exact specifications making sure that only the finest grapes enter the winery. The vast microclimates of Santa Barbara County allow the winery to produce several great wines including Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Grenache and Syrah. Carr Winery has two locations for guests to enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass and wine on tap: The Barrel Room in Downtown Santa Barbara 


    • June 22, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    The goal of the Cycling Committee is to hold weekly social meetup rides that are open to cyclists of all levels and abilities. Our rides are typically designed to have multiple start points and route segments and a destination that will allow us to relax and chat with our fellow Newcomers and guests after the ride. These rides are 'No Drop', so no riders will be left behind. Whether you are a beginning rider or a Tour de France champion come out and join us as there will usually be something for everyone. Let us know you are riding by clicking the link below.

    Yes, I am Riding!

    This week's ride has many options and takes us down the coast to either Faria Beach Park or the Ventura Pier. There are three starting points (Shoreline Park, Andree Clark Bird Refuge or Bates Road or you can join us along the route.) Depending on how many miles you are interested in riding you can go a little as 14 miles or as many as 60 miles. This ride is nearly entirely flat and has miles and miles of ocean views. Check out the Ride Map! 

    Start time for the ride is 9:00AM at Bates Road. Those that wish to start at Shoreline will leave at 7:45AM and the Bird Refuge at 8:00AM.

    Helmets required! Bring lots of water. Ride Cancelled if raining.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group

    • June 28, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Paradise Road, Los Padres National Forest

     Bring plenty of water

     Image result for Picture of Knapp's Castle

    This is a Friday 8:30am meetup – no need to register.

    SNYDER TRAIL TO KNAPP’S CASTLE – 8:30am.  This a backcountry hike off of Paradise Road.  Knapp’s Castle is the ruins of a sandstone hilltop lodge built by the found of Union Carbide around 1920.  Located just below Camino Cielo road, it burned in the 1940s and was never rebuilt.  The ruins offer great views of the Santa Ynez Valley and San Rafael Mountains.

    The Snyder Trail climbs from Paradise Road up the ridge alongside Lewis Canyon.  The hike utilizes service roads and trails as it climbs through forests and grassy slopes on its way up to Knapp’s Castle.  Some recent building activity has altered the castle, but it remains a popular hike with increasingly good views as one gets higher and higher on the trail. 
    At the top, we will spend some time exploring the building and enjoying the views.

    Here is a map of the trail.

    Elevation gain ~2000’

    Distance ~6.6 miles

    Google map link for the trailhead  (20 min when you get on 154)

    DIRECTIONS: From Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, take the State Street/Highway 154 exit.  Turn right onto Highway 154 and drive approximately 10 miles to Paradise Road on the right.  Turn right and continue 4.2 miles to the trailhead, which is a turnout on the right side of the road near a gate.  There is a small "Snyder Trail" sign. If that area fills up, there is parking in and around the Ranger Station about 0.25 miles further down the road.  Avoid parking in campgrounds or other areas that have facilities unless you are willing to pay the $10 day use fee that is collected in those areas.

    Hike Guide: Dave Ellenberger

    Hope to see you there!


    • June 28, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101