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

September is here! The days are warm and the sun is shining. Locals and visitors are at the beaches, kayaking the shoreline and surfing the breaks. Here are some of the fun things going on around town during this late-summer month.

Butterflies Alive! at the Museum of Natural History
WHEN: Through September 4th
TIME: 10:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Walk through a beautiful garden while nearly 1,000 live butterflies flutter freely around you. The exhibit features a dazzling variety of butterflies, from local favorites to exotic tropical species. Learn about the life cycle and behavior of these spectacular invertebrates while observing them up close.

Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak Tour at Channel Islands National Park
WHEN: Select days in September
WHERE: Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
This epic, full-day adventure is our longest kayak tour and is only available during the summer season through November! Guests will kayak in and out of scenic sea caves and through giant kelp forests in one of the most biologically diverse marine areas in the world. — Book Now

The Runaway Grooms
WHEN: September 8th
TIME: 9:00pm
WHERE: SOHO Restuarant & Music Club
Grab your friends and get ready for a good time because the Runaway Grooms are returning to SOHO! The Runaway Grooms head back to Santa Barbara on their This Road tour supporting the release of their latest EP, This Road. 

Goleta Lemon Festival
WHEN: September 30th and October 1st
TIME: 10:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Girsh Park, Goleta
Come enjoy Goleta’s Lemon Festival where you can dine on different lemon cuisine, enjoy fun kid-friendly activities, and appreciate the art of the lemon!

Gaviota Coast Kayak Tour
WHEN: Every day in September
TIME: 9:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Haskell’s Beach, Goleta
Join us on an exploration of 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

First Thursday Art Walk
WHEN: September 7th
TIME: 5:00-8:00pm
1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and venues offer free access to visual and performing arts in a fun and social environment. Venues feature attractions such as art openings, live music, artists’ receptions, lectures, wine tastings, and hands-on activities. We hope you will join us to enjoy our beautiful downtown and all that it has to offer!

Star Party
WHEN: Through September 4th
TIME: 8:00-10:00pm
WHERE: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Join Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History astronomy staff and members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit for an evening of craters on the Moon, nebulas, galaxies, and more. The Palmer Observatory will open its doors and its roof to share a remarkable view of the wonders of the night sky through our state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope.

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