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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: May 2021

Spring is here, county and city restrictions are loosening, and there are still lots of exciting things to do in Santa Barbara!

Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show
Every Sunday, 10am ’til dusk
Where: Cabrillo Boulevard from Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez
The SB Arts & Crafts Show has reopened with safety protocols in place!

Approximately 200 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.

Cupcake and Wine Tasting Tours
When: Every day in April
Where: Santa Ynez Valley

This day tour from Santa Barbara to the heart of Santa Ynez wine country features a delicious sampling of award-winning local wines and wine-infused cupcakes. 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.

Book your Cupcakes & Wine Tasting Tour here.

Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market
Every Saturday and Tuesday
Where: Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets (Sundays) / 500-600 blocks of State Street (Tuesdays)

Come down and buy local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, small plants and specialty items. Street musicians, music and downtown shops and restaurants.

Sea Cave Kayak Tours at Channel Islands National Park
When: Every day in April
Where: Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island

If you’re planning a visit to Santa Barbara, be sure to make time for a day trip to Channel Islands National Park. It’s nothing short of magical and with spring comes wildflowers, green hillsides and the chance to see whales and dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel. Santa Barbara Adventure Company will depart daily to Scorpion Anchorage for sea cave kayaking.

Book your island adventure here.

sea cave kayaking in channel islands

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