Santa Barbara’s Semana Nautica Sports Festival returns this summer

After a two-year hiatus, Santa Barbara’s Semana Nautica Summer Sports Festival is returning in 2022

This year’s festival is scheduled to run from Saturday, June 25 through Sunday, July 10.

Sporting events include ocean-swimming races, a men’s and women’s pro beach volleyball tournament, and beach-running competitions. Find a preliminary schedule of events HERE.

Registration requirements vary for athletes so please check with the individual events to register.

For those not competing, one of the great things about Semana Nautica is that all events are free for fans and spectators.

Another is the history.

Semana Nautica is a Santa Barbara tradition that originated in 1933 when locals organized friendly athletic competitions with United States Navy sailors from a visiting ship. The pandemic postponements were the first years since World War 2 that Semana Nautica wasn’t held during Santa Barbara’s summer.

This year will be the 83rd Semana Nautica.

The California Beach Volleyball Association will host a Men’s & Women’s Open Tournament in June.
The Semana Nautica Sports Festival includes events at the beach like the Maritime Museum’s Krazy Kardboard Kayak Race