The Dam Dinner is Almost Here

New Longer Time 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Los Carneros Dam

We hope you are getting as excited as we are about Goleta’s Dam Dinner which is coming up later this month on August 19 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This annual free community event takes place the last Saturday in summer before school starts at the scenic Lake Los Carneros Dam. For those who have been before, you know how simple yet special this event is. For those who have never been, we hope you will join us for this fun and casual community gathering with friends and neighbors. Watch our video invite in English ( or Spanish (

Here’s what to expect. Everyone sits together at tables and chairs set up by the dam with beautiful views of Lake Los Carneros and the mountains. Listen to live music from local bluegrass group the Salt Martians. Bring your own picnic dinner or purchase food from AR Catering and refreshing popsicles from Dave’s Drip House. Kids will enjoy face-painting and cornhole. Dam Dinner 2023 t-shirts will be available for purchase.

As a reminder, the City has a plastic reduction ordinance in place, and we ask you to please not bring single-use plastics. As a free gift to you, attendees will receive a reusable travel utensil set to use and keep courtesy of the City’s Sustainability Division. Learn more about Plastic Free Goleta here:

You can enter the Dam Dinner off N. La Patera Lane or Stow House at 304 N. Los Carneros Road. Wear walking shoes and bring a jacket in case it gets windy.

Please do not bring pets, service animals are allowed.

Goleta’s Dam Dinner is organized by the City of Goleta and Goleta Valley Historical Society with special thanks to Big Hammer Lures, Creekside Restaurant & Bar, Devereux, MarBorg and Santa Cruz Market.

We hope to see you on August 19th at the Dam.

The Salt Martians taking a break from playing at the 2022 Dam Dinner
City staff at last year’s Dam Dinner