Spring is in the air and it is a great time to visit Santa Barbara. Especially with this year’s superbloom! At the Adventure Company, we always recommend kayaking, surfing and biking during your visit; but don’t forget to check out the local events including Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival. Here is a list of fun community events happening in Santa Barbara for the month of April. Hope to see you there!
Santa Barbara Kite Festival, Sunday April 14
Celebrate the sky this National Kite Month in Santa Barbara’s cool sea breezes! The Kite Festival takes off from Santa Barbara City College at 11am.
Time: 11am-5pm Fee: Free/Free Parking
Sea Cave Kayak Tours in Channel Islands National Park, Every Day in April
A perfect spring day is kayaking at Santa Cruz Island along rugged, pristine shorelines and marveling at the clear, crystalline water. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.
Salty Strings at Cold Springs Tavern, April 12
Join Santa Barbara’s own Salty Strings for an intimate evening of bluegrass music at the historic Cold Spring Tavern! Go back in time as you enjoy the most unique tavern in all of Santa Barbara with some heel-stomping bluegrass music. Want to spend a day in the valley before the show? Check out the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tour.
Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, April 27 -28 – Saturday and Sunday
New this year is also a concert on the 26th at 5pm! Celebrate Santa Barbara’s historic involvement in the creation of the first earth day. Two days of live bands, cultural exhibitions, dance performances, art exhibits, green car show, eco film screenings, beer and wine garden and more! Come join the fun and festivities where it all started! Alemeda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara CA. Time: Sat 11a.m.- 8p.m./Sun 11 a.m.- 6p.m
Cupcake and Wine Tasting Tours, every day in April
This day tour features a delicious sampling of wine infused cupcakes in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. 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.
Santa Barbara’s Founding Day, April 27th
Celebrate Santa Barbara’s 236th Birthday with our “Founding Day” festival at the historic El Presidio in downtown Santa Barbara. Bring the family and watch the Presidio come to life with Early California music and dance, Chumash storytelling, archaeology, pottery and adobe brick making! 123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara CA. Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show, Every Sunday
Approximately 300 Santa Barbara County resident artists come to display their own works in an informal atmosphere under the palms of seaside Chase Palm Park. All items are original art, created by the artists you meet. The show is held every fair weather Sunday and Special Holidays.
Fee: Free Time: 10 a.m. ’til Dusk
First Thursday — Art, Music & Theater
On the first Thursday of each month, downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art in a fun and social atmosphere. Additional attractions such as music, artist openings, demonstrations, and refreshments are featured at participating venues. Downtown Santa Barbara
Fee: Free Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Every Saturday and Tuesday
Come down and buy local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, small plants and specialty items. Street musicians, music and downtown shops and restaurants. Year round, rain or shine. Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets on Sunday and on State Street (500-600 bocks) on Tuesday.
Fee: Free Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m/4:00pm – 7:30.
Let us know your favorite Santa Barbara event or share any that we may have forgotten in the comments section below.