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The days may be getting shorter and cooler, but fall is a lovely time to visit Santa Barbara. Enjoy activities both inside and outside this weekend.

Fall Family Day

Kids aged 17 and under are admitted for free at Saturday’s Fall Family Day at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The garden has 5.5 miles of trails in 78 acres, all focused on California flora, just waiting to be explored. Face painting, crafts and seedling potting in the Meadow Oaks are held all day, as are scavenger hunts and the Fall Native Plant Sale. Kid-centered Adventures in the Canyon are held at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. Storytime in the Garden Shop is at 12:30 p.m. Oh, and each kid gets a free shaved ice. That’s another enticement. (682-4726,

Oh, the 'Horror'

Halloween may have passed, but Out of the Box’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show” still has two performances -- Friday and Saturday nights at 8 at the Center Stage Theater (in Paseo Nuevo). First a hit musical play, then made famous by the 1975 cult film “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, this is a satirical tribute to cheesy late-night horror and sci-fi movies. It is campy, naughty, rocking and rolling and definitely not for children. Tickets are $28 general admission or $35 premium seating, which includes a bag of props (true fans interact with the show by shooting water pistols during the storm and throwing confetti in the wedding scene. (963-0408,

Come together

On Friday, three alt-Latino groups come together for the first time for an 8 p.m. concert in UCSB Campbell Hall. Mariachi Flor de Toloache, New York’s all-female mariachi band, has mixed salsa, pop, soul and Latin jazz with traditional mariachi for an updated cosmopolitan sound. La Santa Cecilia won a Grammy for its blend of Latin rhythms and rock music and singer Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez has been called “the love child of Janis Joplin and Celia Cruz.” Believe it or not, Mexico has a huge fan base for British indie rocker Morrissey. Tribute band Mexrrissey plays his iconic songs with a distinctly Latin flair, incorporating horns, accordion and other Mexican instruments. “Dia del los Muertos Tour” tickets start at $30. (893-3535,

Also, two members of Mexrrissey are interviewed during a free “musical conversation” at noon Friday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Mary Craig Auditorium.

Fest, swap meet

Need a new wetsuit? How about skating gear? Saturday’s Surf Fest & Swap Meet, hosted by the Santa Barbara City College Women’s Basketball Program, is a free fun event which also includes live music and family-friendly activities. Proceeds from sales of used and new gear, beachwear, skin care products, art, jewelry and more directly benefits the team, as does a raffle with prizes including massages, restaurant gift certificates and other goodies. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SBCC parking lot across from Leadbetter Beach. (

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