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

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

Family Bird Fest
May 6th
TIME: 10am to 1PM
WHERE: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
May is Bird Month at the Garden! Celebrate a delightful day of bird-related activities perfect for the whole family! Attendees will enjoy a guided bird walk led by their Youth and Family Programs Manager. The event also features a creative bird mask and decoration station, a sound station where participants can draw what they hear, and cozy bird-themed storytime sessions with a local storyteller. The SB Audubon Society will have a table for owl pellet dissection and bird-watching tips, and kids can have a blast with an exciting bird scavenger hunt.

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 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.+

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

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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