The latest happenings, events, and new stuff in Los Olivos, CA.
Gallery Los Olivos: “Woodlands” | Sep 1-30
Deborah Breedon, Kris Buck, and Chuck Klein are exhibiting at Gallery Los Olivos the month of September. Pastels, including landscapes, abstracts, florals, and woodworking- from Santa Barbara local vistas.
Get more info on Gallery Los Olivos.
September at the Inn at Mattei’s Tavern
Paella Night | Thursdays
Learn the secrets of paella with an interactive cooking demo led by Executive Chef Rhoda on Thursdays. It’s an in-depth lesson on traditional paella making along with tips and tricks so you can recreate the recipe at home. After the workshop, enjoy your creation while sipping Spanish wines and sharing stories around our communal table.
Tasting Los Olivos with Global Gardens | Sep 22
Gather for an intimate family-style dinner inspired by Los Olivos’ historic olive groves on September 22. In collaboration with Global Gardens, Executive Chef Rhoda invites you to a 5-course dinner with Mediterranean influences with locally harvested vegetables and flavors transformed by Global Gardens’ award-winning olive oil. Join early for our cocktail hour, featuring 2 mixed beverages and passed appetizers, then enjoy a taste of Los Olivos with a live jazz guitarist and wine pairing.
Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley
The 2023-2024 Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series kicks off September 22 with Quartet Integra, an award-winning string quartet from Japan.
The Quartet Integra is an internationally honored string quartet of prominent young artists from the renowned Colburn School. They will perform the String Quartet No.17 “The Hunt” by Mozart, La Souris sans Sourire by Donatoni and String Quartet No.1 by Brahms.
Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley
This 4-day, 6-town celebration of food, wine, and more takes place September 28 – October 1 across the towns of Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard, and Buellton. Among the many highlights of Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley include curated wine tastings, chef-driven long table dinners, lunches and activities, and events hosted by Sunset editors, all celebrating the many special offerings of this powerhouse California wine country destination.
Carhartt Family Vineyard
LIVE MUSIC! 🎸😎 Seating is first-come, first-served at the Carhartt Cabin – no reservations. So get here early! Check out our upcoming event details.
September 29: Friday Night Live Music form 5-8pm with various bands and food trucks
WineStock at Fess Parker
Enjoy this series of Sunday evenings of live music from local bands on the winery terrace. Fess Parker wines by the glass and bottle as well as food from local food trucks will be available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to set up on the winery lawn.
Oct 14 – The Heart is an uplifting Acoustic Duo featuring Dale Peters on guitar and vocals and Cindy Peters on vocals and hand percussion. Their Genre extends from high energy, feel good Top 40, Classic to Modern Rock, Folk, Indie, Country and Reggae.
NatureTrack Film Festival Best of the Fest in Los Olivos
NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF) is a 3-day celebration of nature and outdoor adventure through film. This year, NTFF will celebrate its 5th anniversary and will be held in the Santa Barbara area. Enjoy the Best of the Fest in Los Olivos on Saturday, Oct 14 with a curated selection of award-winning films from this year’s festival along with small bites, drinks, special guests & more.
NatureTrack 5K & Fun Run
During Day in the Country October 21, Start your day with a 5K & Fun Run through the bucolic town of Los Olivos. This year wheelchair users are welcome to participate using one of NatureTrack’s Freedom Trax. Manual wheelchairs, when attached to a Freedom Trax, are transformed into battery-powered all-terrain vehicles that can navigate the varied terrain of the course.
Day in the Country Wine Roundup
During Day in the Country October 21, choose from over a dozen award-winning wineries with our Wine Roundup pass. Simply pre-order, pick up your pass from Wine + Beer Tent on the corner of Alamo Pintado and San Marcos (east of the flagpole) on Saturday, and hit the town. The pass gets you 2 tastes at 9 places on the pass (for a total of 18 tastes). Wineries will offer add-on and purchase specials when you visit, and you can also use the pass on Sunday, October 22!
Day in the Country
Los Olivos’ most highly acclaimed festival of the year, the popular Day in the Country is back! Join us October 21 for the NatureTrack 5k & Fun Run, small-town parade, 100 vendors, food, live music, Wine Roundup, New expanded Beer + Wine Garden, and everything you love about our small town. This special day is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy country living the way it used to be in simpler times. And best of all, attendance is free! See full schedule.
Special Midweek Rate for Santa Barbara County Locals at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn
We want locals to be able to experience the Wine Country Inn renovations at the best rate possible. Please call us directly to book at 805-688-7788.
* Midweek Discount (25% off BAR) and a complimentary bottle of a single vineyard Fess Parker wine in room upon arrival
* Complimentary room upgrade when available
* Available Monday through Thursday (excludes Sundays and Blackout dates apply)
* Promotion for Santa Barbara County residents ONLY – Front Desk will verify billing zip code upon booking
* Rates are for double occupancy
* Can be booked now through the end of the year for stays through March 31, 2024
Giorgio’s At The Lot Now Open!
Check out this casual outdoor dining experience serving great wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches in Los Olivos. Run by Giorgio’s at Parkway Market in Buellton, now he brings his delicious food to Giorgio’s at The Lot in LO. Located at 2956 Grand Avenue, open Th-Sat 12 – 8 pm & Sun 12- 4 pm.
Old World vs. New World Wine Tasting Dinner
Prepare to have your taste buds tantalized at Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe on November 2 as our esteemed Sommelier and Wine Director, Jonathan Lynn, handpicks a mesmerizing selection of both Old World and New World wines. Each wine will be concealed, shrouded in secrecy until the moment of revelation. Allow your senses to guide you as you taste and discern the distinctive notes, aromas, and flavors that lie within, and then vote for your favorite. Chef Brooke Stockwell will create an unforgettable four-course dinner expertly paired with both local New World-style wines and Old World wines. Make your vote count and reserve your seat today!
Lefty’s has Coffee, Fruit, Books, and Merch!
Late summer brings out the best of our organic stone fruit from Honeybear Orchard, right here in Los Olivos. Peaches, plums, apricots, pluots…they’re available to purchase by the bag, flat, or just a single, sweet, juicy treat for your stroll through town.
Our bookshop is constantly being refreshed with new releases. Coffee and books go hand-in-hand, and we make it easy. We have the coolest little bookshop featuring beautifully handwritten synopses and recommendations from an extraordinary curator. If you’re visiting and forgot your reading treasure at home, or if you’re just ready to start a new and exciting literary journey, look no further.