April is the perfect time to embrace the beauty and excitement Santa Barbara has to offer. As the “American Riviera” comes to life with spring, our vibrant coastal paradise boasts a variety of events and attractions for all tastes and interests.
We’ve handpicked a selection of must-see attractions and events. From thrilling outdoor adventures to leisurely wine tastings and captivating art events, there’s something for everyone. So grab your sunscreen, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in Santa Barbara this April!
2023 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
WHEN: April 29–30
WHERE: Alameda Park
Experience two days of climate leadership at the longest-running public Earth Day celebration in the U.S., thought to be one of the largest on the West Coast. Engage in conversations with climate leaders, enjoy musical performances and art contests, and connect with over 200 eco-minded exhibitors. Don’t miss the green car show, plant-forward food court, beer and wine garden, kid’s zone, and main stage entertainment. Plus, take advantage of the free bike valet and bike check-ups. Immerse yourself in this sustainable festival and learn how to take action for our planet.
Sea Cave Kayak Tour at Channel Islands National Park
WHEN: Every day in April
WHERE: Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
Channel Islands National Park is a haven for vibrant wildlife, lush flora, and world-class sea caves. Our experienced guides are eager to take guests on unforgettable island kayak excursions, sharing stories and fascinating facts about the area’s history and ecology. April is an exceptional time to witness the lush green hillsides and breathtaking wildflower blooms, thanks to the rejuvenating winter rains. Paddle through the captivating sea caves and marvel at the natural beauty surrounding you in this unique island paradise. — BOOK NOW
Spring Happy Hour
WHEN: April 14
TIME: 5:30 to 8:00PM
WHERE: MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Embrace your sense of wonder at Santa Barbara’s premier destination for hands-on learning during our Spring Happy Hour event. Delight in an evening of discovery as you explore all three floors of engaging exhibits, culminating in the awe-inspiring rooftop Sky Garden, boasting panoramic views of the city. Savor a selection of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase as you indulge your curiosity and mingle with fellow adventurers in this unique, interactive setting. This event is for ages 21+.
Santa Ynez Wine Tour
WHEN: Every day in April
TIME: ~10AM to ~4PM
Celebrate springtime in the enchanting Santa Ynez Valley! Embark on a delightful journey to discover the captivating 2023 wine vintages, charming newborn animals, and the flourishing vineyards adorned with vibrant blooms. Immerse yourself in the essence of the season as you sip on exquisite wines and take in the breathtaking scenery. — BOOK NOW
Santa Barbara Fair & Expo
WHEN: April 26–30
WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds
Experience endless family adventures at the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo, where over thirty exhilarating carnival rides await to twist, twirl, and spin you into a world of fun. For the youngest guests, a dedicated kiddie rides and games area ensures age-appropriate excitement. Revel in non-stop entertainment, live music, adorable farm animals, a petting zoo, and mouthwatering fair food. Discover the talents of youth and adults alike as you explore the creative projects displayed in the exhibit hall.