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Things to Do in Santa Barbara: August 2019

The summer is flying by and August is full for fun festivals, events and things to do. With sunny weather and gorgeous beaches, it is time to get out of the house 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, let’s go!

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Old Spanish Days Fiesta, August 1 through August 4
Santa Barbarans have long been proud of their city’s heritage, from Spanish founders to Mexican and North American pioneers who first settled here and built the city. A magical time that brings our historic city together through dance, music, food and festivities with a spirit of friendliness, hospitality and tolerance as part of the heritage, which the Fiesta “Old Spanish Days In Santa Barbara” seeks to preserve and perpetuate. Held at many local venues, museums, business and restaurants.

Snorkeling Tour, Weekends in August

The water is at its warmest and clearest most days in August – making incredible conditions for snorkeling at the Channel Islands. See the California State Fish, the Garibaldi, bat rays, kelp forests, seals and other incredible species right off the coast. Rent snorkeling gear any day of the week from the island storefront or join our guides on a snorkeling tour to see the best of the best, weekends only.

Explore the Funk Zone or Presidio, Santa Barbara’s foodie neighborhoods, through your taste buds and camera lens with Eat This, Shoot That! Spend an afternoon escaping the heat! Enjoy savoring amazing food or sipping top-shelf wines while learning food and travel photo tips from a pro tour guide/local foodie.

funk zone and kayaking tours

Sunset Kayak – available most days in August from 5-7PM
Enjoy Santa Barbara’s hot summer nights with this 2 hour + kayaking adventure. Witness the gorgeous sunset of the American Riviera along the ocean breeze. Beginning with a comprehensive kayaking lesson, join our guides in heading out to sea while viewing constellations, planets and the coastline.

Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show, Every Sunday
Approximately 3:00 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.
Time: 10 a.m. ’til Dusk

Explore Channel Islands National Park – trips departing daily

Kayak, snorkel and hike in California’s island paradise. Trips to Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park depart daily in August and this is the ultimate way to spend your day near Santa Barbara. See dolphins, whales, kelp forests, paddle through sea caves and incredible rock formations. Trips accommodate guests of all skill levels.

Explore Channel Islands National Park – trips departing daily

First Thursday Downtown — 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
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. Filled with street musicians, music, downtown shops and restaurants, this occurs year round, rain or shine. Located at the corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets on Sunday, and on State Street (500-600 bocks) on Tuesday.
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m/4:00pm – 7:30.

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