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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: April 2021

Events this year have been in short supply, but that doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had!

Spring is in the air, our county just moved down to the red tier and it’s a great time to be in Santa Barbara. Here is a list of fun things to do around Santa Barbara for the month of April.

Sea Cave Kayak Tours at Channel Islands National Park
When: Every day in April
Where: Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island

After a one-year hiatus due to construction at the pier, Scorpion Anchorage is now open again! No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities including some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world. Spring is also one of the best times to visit the islands for a chance to see the blooming wildflowers and bright green hillsides.

Book your island adventure here.

sea cave kayaking in channel islands

36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival
When: Wednesday, March 31- Saturday, April 10, 2021

This year’s film festival will feature 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres from 45 countries, along with tributes featuring the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.

The festival will take on an entirely new look this year, as well, with the build-out of two state-of-the-art, beachside drive-in theaters sponsored by Toyota Mirai, where every film screening will be offered to the community for free, alongside a ticketed online component that will feature the entire film program in addition to SBIFF’s notable celebrity tributes, industry panels, and filmmaker Q&As.

Cupcake and Wine Tasting Tours

When: Every day in April
Where: Santa Ynez Valley

This day tour from Santa Barbara to the heart of Santa Ynez wine country features a delicious sampling of award-winning local wines and wine-infused cupcakes. Some favorite cupcakes include Pomegranate Mango Chardonnay and Chocolate Blackberry Syrah. The first of its kind, this wine tour has been featured on NBC LA, NBC San Diego, All Things Cupcake and Evelyn Kanter’s Car & Travel.

Book your Cupcakes & Wine Tasting Tour here.

Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show
Every Sunday, 10am ’til dusk
Where: Cabrillo Boulevard from Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez
The SB Arts & Crafts Show has reopened with safety protocols in place!

Approximately 200 Santa Barbara County resident artists display their own original work in an informal atmosphere that encourages visitors to the show to talk with the artists about their work (and in some cases even to see them in action!). This show is unique in that every artist lives in Santa Barbara County and personally produces each piece that is for sale.

Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market
Every Saturday and Tuesday
Where: Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets (Sundays) / 500-600 blocks of State Street (Tuesdays)

Come down and buy local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, small plants and specialty items. Street musicians, music and downtown shops and restaurants. 

Mountains to Shore Bike Tour

When: Everyday 10am to 2pm
This bike ride is great for all skill levels. We start high in the mountains and head downhill, stopping to enjoy some of the area’s most loved locations including the Santa Barbara Mission. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will give a biking talk and riding demonstration, and go over the expectations of the day. Our guides will be biking with you along the way, stopping at points of interest for photo opportunities and to talk about natural history. You will end the tour at a local Santa Barbara beach.

Book your bike tour here.


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