The Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival Preview

Editor’s Note: The Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The statement from organizers can be found here.

In its second year, 2018’s Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival is shaping up to be a one-day event that packs a punch. There’s a bit of everything: two polo matches, five musical acts, wine tasting experiences, local food vendors, on-site activations from Lamborghini and more. The festival is Saturday, September 8th at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, a stunning 87-acre property jutting up against the Pacific Ocean and the Southern California foothills.

General Admission tickets begin at $65 and are on sale now via the festival’s website at VIP tickets are also available and include elevated offerings such as stage-side VIP tents and exclusive food and wine areas. Or, treat yourself to private VIP Box Seat tickets within the 105-year-old Polo Clubhouse and enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne to boot.

This year, the Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival will be the kick-off event for the 8-goal polo series at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. And don’t forget about the opportunity to participate in the divot stomp– the long-standing polo tradition where attendees crowd onto the field upon the close of the match to flip over divots while drinking champagne.

In addition to this being an official polo game of the series, attendees will be treated to an elevated experience, with local wineries on site. Wineries include Jardesca, Lavender Oak Vineyard, Old Creek Ranch, Sanford Winery, Standing Sun Wines, Summerland Winery, and more. Be sure to stop by the wine tasting hour, which is included in all tickets. VIP tickets also include a champagne and cheese hour in the stage-side VIP tent. And, for the true oenophiles, attendees can sign up for sommelier-guided wine tasting tours. These tours will provide festival-goers detailed tasting notes for each of the wines showcased on-site.

The Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival isn’t just about it’s two namesake activities, though. In addition to the matches and wine tasting, five talented musical acts will perform: ZZ Ward, Booker T. Jones, The California Honeydrops, Quinn DeVeaux, and The Jazz Villains, a Santa-Barbara based youth Jazz combo garnering attention.

For more fun, check out the debut of Lamborghini’s new Urus SUV or peruse Living Vehicle’s airstream-eque units which fuse stylish lines with the freedom of living on-the-road.

The festival offers Day Parking Passes for just $10 and VIP Parking Passes for $35. While chairs are not allowed, feel free to bring a blanket to relax on while watching polo matches and the music performances. Attire suggestions can be found under the Polo Dress section of their website, if you’d like to get in the spirit with polo staples like sundresses, wide-brimmed hats, chinos and fedoras.

The festival benefits the Polo Training Center Santa Barbara, as well as Notes For Notes, a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth of youth music education.

Full Ticket details are below:

GA: Includes admission for the day, a festival branded stemless wine glass, two games of Polo, five music performances, one hour of free wine tasting from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the marketplace, access to the wine vendor marketplace (with wine and food for sale separately).

VIP: Includes all GA items, plus separate VIP will call, access to the indoor/outdoor VIP Polo Clubhouse, access to the VIP stage side tent, air conditioned VIP restrooms, access to the Ocean VIP tent and winery (with wine and food for sale separately), one free sommelier-guided tasting, access to exclusive VIP vendors, access to private VIP bars, complimentary champagne and cheese hour with hors d’oeuvres inside the VIP tent.

Box Seat: Includes all VIP items plus one complimentary bottle of champagne and private seating within the 105-year-old Polo Clubhouse with waitstaff (with wine and food for sale separately). View the Box Seating map here.

About The Author

Angela is a contributing editor for Blank Newspaper and covers shows in Los Angeles. She also makes her way throughout the country to various music festivals whenever possible.

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