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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: May (2024)

May is here, and sunny Santa Barbara is buzzing with excitement and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. As the American Riviera soaks up the sun, we’ve got you covered with a fantastic lineup of must-do events and attractions.

In this month’s blog, we’re sharing our top picks of cool experiences you won’t want to miss. From awesome outdoor adventures to tasty food and drink spots, and lively cultural happenings, there’s something for everyone to love. So, pop on your shades and get ready to make the most of the gorgeous May weather with us at Santa Barbara Adventure Company. Let’s dive into the good times and create unforgettable memories together!

Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour
WHEN: Every day in May
WHERE: Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
This guided kayak tour is perfect for those wanting to explore Channel Islands National Park by land and sea. Join us for a paddle through mesmerizing sea caves and kelp forests, and then our guides will point you in the right direction for a spectacular wildflower hike. — BOOK NOW

2024 Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
WHEN: April 26 – May 5
Introducing a foodie experience like no other! All participating restaurants will be presenting delicious pre-fixe menus priced from $45-75. Don’t miss your chance to try special menu items at some of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. 

Mother’s Day Sunset Kayak Tour
WHEN: Every day in May
TIME: ~10AM to ~4PM
Surprise Mom with a picturesque Santa Barbara ocean sunset on a guided kayak tour in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Includes brief kayaking orientation, all necessary gear, discussions on Santa Barbara history and wildlife, and a knowledgeable guide. This tour is great for all kayaking skill levels including beginners to advanced. — BOOK NOW

Santa Barbara Fair & Expo
WHEN: April 25 – May 5
WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds
Experience endless family adventures at the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo, where over thirty exhilarating carnival rides await to twist, twirl, and spin you into a world of fun. For the youngest guests, a dedicated kiddie rides and games area ensures age-appropriate excitement. Revel in non-stop entertainment, live music, adorable farm animals, a petting zoo, and mouthwatering fair food. Discover the talents of youth and adults alike as you explore the creative projects displayed in the exhibit hall.

Wine tour in Santa Ynez Valley

Cupcake & Wine Tour
WHEN: Every day in May
TIME: ~10AM to ~4PM
Having trouble deciding whether you love wine or treats more? Wine not treat yourself to both! Savor a yummy cupcake and wine pairing on this tour that features wine tasting in Santa Ynez Valley, a delicious locally-sourced lunch (weekdays only), and a friendly guide for the day. — BOOK NOW

I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival
WHEN: May 25 – 27
WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds
Held on the Memorial Day Weekend at the Old Mission Santa Barbara, this annual festival presents the opportunity to view artists of all ages creating street paintings ranging from classical to original images.

Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show
Every Sunday in May
TIME: 10am to 6PM
WHERE: Cabrillo Boulevard from Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez
Approximately 150 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 in May
WHERE: Downtown Santa Barbara, 119 Cota St. (Saturdays from 8am-1pm) / 600-800 blocks of State Street (Tuesdays from 3-7pm)
Shop local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, small plants and specialty items.

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