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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: April (2024)

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!

2024 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
WHEN: April 27 & 28
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

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
WHEN: April 26 – May 5th
Get your appetites ready for the return of Santa Barbara Restaurant Week! This annual event will be highlighting our city restaurants and wineries. All participating restaurants will be presenting exciting pre-fixe menus. Don’t miss your chance to try special menu items at some of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. 

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 25–28
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.

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