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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: August (2023)

Photo credit: Chuck Graham

The summer is flying by and August is full of fun things to do here in Santa Barbara! With sunny weather and gorgeous beaches, it’s 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 in!

Old Spanish Days Fiesta
When: August 2nd–6th
Where: Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Old Spanish Days Fiesta is a beloved Santa Barbara tradition that has continued for nearly 100 years. The annual event provides education to residents and visitors about the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara.

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 off the coast. Plus, explore some of the largest and most beautiful sea caves in the world! — Book Now

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!

Gaviota Coast 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

Free Summer Cinema
When: August 11th, 18th, and 25th
Where: Sunken Gardens at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse
UCSB Arts and Lectures is excited to announce the return of the free 2023 cinema series! The 2023 theme is “Out of This World” with movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Nope.

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