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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: August 2021

Prisoners Harbor Kayak Tour
Photo credit: Chuck Graham

The summer is flying by and August is full of fun things to do. With sunny weather and gorgeous beaches, it is time to get outside and explore. One of the best months to be in Santa Barbara, August’s bright days and warm nights provide numerous options for fun in the sun. The water is warm, dive right in!

Old Spanish Days Fiesta
La Fiesta Pequena at the Mission: August 4th at the Old Mission Santa Barbara
Noches de Ronda: August 5-7th at the Santa Barbara Courthouse
Arts & Crafts Show: August 7-8th along Cabrillo Boulevard
Celebrate Santa Barbara’s rich heritage with music, dance, pageantry and art! This is a must-attend, quintessential Santa Barbara event.

Kayak & Snorkel Tours at Channel Islands National Park
When: Every day in August
Where: Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
The water is at its warmest and clearest most days in August – making incredible conditions for snorkeling and kayaking at the Channel Islands. See the California State Fish, the Garibaldi, bat rays, kelp forests, seals and other incredible species right off the coast. Plus, explore some of the largest and most beautiful sea caves in the world! — Book Now

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Grand Opening
When: Sunday, August 15th
Where: Santa Barbara Museum of Art
After a six-year, $50 million project, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is finally reopening its renovated building — including an enhanced visitor experience, new dedicated spaces for Contemporary Art, New Media, and Photography, and overall improvements.

Santa Ynez Wine Tour
 Every day in August from 10am to 5pm
Includes pick-up/drop-off in Santa Barbara and transportation to Santa Ynez Valley
Spend a day wine tasting in Santa Ynez Valley on a wine country tour! — Book Now

State Street Promenade Market
When: Every Thursday in August
Time: 3:00-7:30pm
Where: 1000 Block of State Street
Stroll and shop artisan goods in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara at this fun, family-friendly marketplace!

Sunset Kayak in Santa Barbara Harbor
When: Every evening in August
Where: Santa Barbara Harbor
Enjoy a relaxing sunset ocean kayak tour around the Santa Barbara harbor & shoreline. This tour is fun and affordable for the whole family! Plus, it’s great for all sea kayaking skill levels including beginners to advanced. — Book Now

Santa Barbara Zoo
When: Every Thursday in August
Where: 500 Ninos Dr.
See your favorite animals at the zoo including leopards, penguins, giraffes and more! Reservations are required for all guests during this time.

Coastline Kayak Tour
When: Every day in August
Where: Haskell’s Beach
Kayak the Gaviota Coast, one of the few remaining sections of undeveloped, open coastline in California, and home to more than 1,500 species of plant and animal life. — Book Now

Drive-In Movies
When: Every day in August
When: West Wind Drive-In
Who doesn’t love popcorn and movie nights at the drive-in theatre! Now playing nightly double-features.

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