It’s summer time and there is no shortage of activities happening in the Santa Maria Valley. Long summer days paired with beautiful mild weather makes this a perfect location to host a plethora of fun and tasty local events. Some of the region’s best events happen in the Santa Maria Valley and you don’t want to miss out!

Explore our winerif1es in style! The Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley had its inaugural run on Memorial Day Weekend with much success. The trolley continues to run every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with stops at Town Center West, Costa de Oro Winery, Presqu’ile Winery, Cottonwood Winery and Old Town Orcutt where you will find Ca’ Del Grevino Café & Wine Bar, Nagy Tasting Room, Core Tasting Room, Old Town Market, Rooney’s and much more. Get your tickets in advance for only $10! Step aboard the charming trolley and enjoy sipping our areas finest varietals as you hop-on and hop-off at your convenience. It really is an experience! Visit santamariavalley.com/winetrolley for details.f2

Children can now play on a mini-replica of the Discovery Space Shuttle that has landed at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, thanks to a partnership between the museum and Vandenberg Air Force Base. This shuttle is the first piece of a planned hands-on, educational science exhibit meant to mimic critical roles in launching rockets. The mock shuttle, which began as a salvaged child’s bed, was transformed by the Vandenberg Training Device Design and Engineering Center, whose employees added a fiberglass shell, wings, joysticks, buttons, a control panel, video screens and audio “liftoff” effects. In other words, kids will find this new exhibit to be “outta this world!”

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The 127th Annual Santa Barbara County Fair kicks off July 12-16. Each year, thousands of visitors attend the Santa Barbara County Fair. The Fair showcases the community’s interests and talents, offering a unique assortment of activities to do and see. From jams and jellies, to pies, photography, homemade quilts and floriculture, the Santa Barbara County Fair provides visitors with an abundant mix of interests for both community orientated and educational fun. Don’t miss the award winning wines, fine art, and great entertainment, including a Destruction Derby. This agriculturally orientated Fair features Horticulture, a Junior Livestock Auction and free Country Rodeo.

Whether its car shows, live theater, summer concerts or nature walks, summertime in the Santa Maria Valley is always a treat!

I encourage you to visit our new website at SantaMariaValley.com and share it with your out-of-town friends and family. It’s a wonderful resource to find lodging options, plan activities, learn about attractions, view our events calendar, and enjoy our new tourism video and more! You can link to all our social media platforms to stay abreast of all the great things people are saying about us and discover what’s happening in and around the Santa Maria Valley!

jenJennifer Harrison joined the Chamber of Commerce team in February, 2006. In her current role, she leads the Chamber’s Visitor & Convention Bureau activities, including tourism and group marketing programs for the community. Jennifer is responsible for establishing and promoting the Santa Maria Valley as a premier destination for leisure, recreation, and group events. Jennifer is also responsible for supporting group tour operators, meeting planners, and special event coordinators in ensuring their visits to Santa Maria are successful. She is the liaison to the VCB Tourism Marketing District.