Fall Family Fun

Looking for something fun to do with the kids that’s just a short drive away? Check out one of these great events in October and November! With all that our community has to offer, we’ve got lots to do for families with children of all ages. Let the big kids roam while the little ones have right-sized adventures of their own.

October 1-2
Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free.
This signature cultural celebration is a two day event hosted by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and features more than 300 Native American dancers and singers, representing many different tribes from Canada and the United States. In addition to dance and music exhibitions, this Zero Waste Event also features arts & crafts, food booths and shopping. Located in Santa Ynez, an easy 15 minute drive from Buellton.

October 30th
Free admission event, BYW (Bring Your Wheels) 
Join us on the Avenue of Flags for Santa Ynez Valley’s first Open Streets event! Open Streets events promote community wellness by creating a safe, temporary, car-free space on roads, opening them up as a public park for a day. More event details will be available soon, and can be found at the event site linked above.

November 11-13
Free admission event 
The Buellton Fall Festival is a three day celebration that is fun for the whole family! Featuring multiple stages with live music, carnival rides and games, street faire and food vendors, a wine and beer garden and so much more. It all happens right in the heart of Buellton, on Avenue of Flags.

Looking for other unique experiences to share with your tiny travelers?
Check these out!

Daily Trail Rides & Pony Encounters Age 2+
The team at Santa Ynez Valley Horseback Rides is located just off of River View Park, and offers a variety of activities for all ages and levels of experience. All of their horses are retired champion show, rodeo and ranch horses; and general trail rides are available for riders 8 and older.

Families interested in heading out on the trail together can book a personal guided trail ride for participants 6 and older; which includes an introduction to horses and riding for the youngest participants, before they head out on their own horse with an experienced guide at their side.

Kids in the 2-12 range love the magical pony encounters, which include a guided pony ride around the arena, and a short trail ride if the rider and parents are comfortable! What makes this a magical pony encounter, you might ask? “Unicorn” ponies are available by request!

Last but not least is a visit to their petting zoo. This is included in the cost of the magical pony encounters, or $15 for a 30-minute session if this is all your little ones want to do.

Want to hear more about Santa Ynez Valley Horseback Rides? Listen to this interview with owner Bob Sweeny on the Meet Us In Buellton Podcast!

General Admission is $7, Military with ID is $5 and Children 12 and Under are $3.
Ostrich feed is available for $1

One of our most popular family attractions has been educating visitors on their amazing ostriches and emus. Guests can have up close encounters – and even feed these bad boys – on a self guided tour or with one of the facility’s amazing team members. Learn fun facts and find plenty of photo ops at this one-of-a-kind landmark.

Don’t miss the incredible selection of ostrich and emu themed gifts in the gift shop, and browse through their collection of autographed ostrich eggs from past celebrity guests!

Want to hear more about Ostrichland? Listen to this interview with operator Blake Fowler on the Meet Us In Buellton Podcast!

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