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

    • August 19, 2019
    • February 17, 2020
    • 7 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.

    36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Enter the main lobby off of Mason Street - look for the hotel informational sign once inside the hotel lobby - we are typically in a room off to the right).

    For more information, please contact the VP Membership


    • January 14, 2020
    • July 30, 2020
    • 58 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.

    • January 20, 2020
    • July 31, 2020
    • 84 sessions
    • Meet at The Sea Center on the Wharf

    Join the Stearns Wharf Walking Group, which consists of Newcomers, Alumni, and longtime Santa Barbara residents, as we walk along the waterfront from Stearns Wharf to the harbor and beyond.

    Some walkers head out to the breakwater, others go up the hill to Shoreline Park.

    Mon., Wed., and Fri., we meet up on the Wharf in front of the Sea Center and end at Char West.

    Enjoy time with the group after walking with coffee and/or breakfast at Francisco's Char West.

    We start at 7:50 am and walk at our own pace while visiting with fellow walkers. The group walks for about 45 minutes to an hour, depending upon your route and pace. 

    Parking is free at the wharf for the first 90 minutes.

    • January 21, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Carr Vineyards & Winery 414 N. Salsipuedes St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103

    Join us for Cheers at Carr Winery

    414 N. Salsipuedes, St.

    JANUARY 21, 2020
    5:30 - 7:30pm

    Join newcomer friends at Carr Winery, a local family-owned winery and vineyard. In Santa Barbara since 1999, Carr Winery continues its traditional wine-making style and local sourcing of grapes. 

    Special drink pricing is offered for our Cheers event.

    All newcomers are invited to welcome our newest members fresh from orientation. It’s a great way to relax and mingle with board members, committee chairs, and other newcomers in a happy hour atmosphere.

    Carr Winery

    • January 24, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • Hot Springs Trailhead

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

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

    Hot Springs Canyon Trail Loop

    We will hike the very popular Hot Springs Canyon Trail which is a moderately steep flag loop 6 miles in length with 1,500 ft. of elevation gain.

    Trailhead map link 

    DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Hot Springs trailhead on E. Mountain Drive. 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 approx. 1/4 mi. mile to trailhead on the right, at the Riven Rock intersection.  

    Hike Guide: Richard Chiles

    Hope you will join us!


    • January 24, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Flor de Maiz, 29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Join us...

    TGIF at Flor de Maiz

    Flor de Maiz is the newest restaurant to open on the Santa Barbara waterfront, at 29 East Cabrillo Boulevard, in the former home of El Torito. The old El Torito space was divided up into two restaurant venues, the other being Oku Sushi which opened last October.

    Flor de Maiz is introducing the latest concept from restaurateur Carlos Luna and the talented team behind the Los Agaves Restaurants. Flor de Maiz celebrates the innovative cuisine of Oaxaca, a region in Mexico with a centuries-old legacy as a center of Mexican culinary culture, and whose cuisine is internationally renowned. Flor de Maiz features an open kitchen where guests can watch fresh tortillas being made, alongside a lively bar that opens onto prime patio seating with views of Stearns Wharf, the Harbor and the beautiful Santa Barbara coastline.

    Flor de Maiz

    • January 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Shoreline Park (starting at La Mesa Park)

    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace (S.H.A.R.P.)

    Saturday January 25, 2020
    9:00 AM

    Where: La Mesa Park to S
    horeline Park 

    Image result for la mesa park santa barbara

    Shoreline Park, a beautiful and popular area, provides sweeping views of the Santa Barbara coastline, the city, and the Santa Ynez Mountains. We'll meet at La Mesa Park, walk along Shoreline Drive and past the entrance to Thousand Steps, stopping to admire the views and watch the surfers at Santa Barbara Point. We'll return via the Lower Mesa neighborhood with shaded streets. Total distance is 2.8 miles with only a slight elevation gain as we make our way back to La Mesa Park. Bring water, hats, and plenty of sunscreen. We'll meet for coffee and conversation afterwards.

    Directions: We'll meet at La Mesa Park, which is just south of (towards the beach from) Lazy Acres on Meigs Road. There is ample parking in the lot or along Meigs Road. 

    Dogs are welcome on leash.  Bathrooms and water fountains at parks.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org

    • January 26, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara

    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.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 

    • January 31, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • West Cold Springs Trailhead

    No Hike if Raining. Bring Plenty of Water.