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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: November 2021

Fall is here and the weather is not really changing very much — because this is Santa Barbara! It is still sunny and beautiful. Guests are out enjoying kayaking, biking and surfing well into the fall and even throughout the winter.

There are many fun things to do around town during the month of November. Here are some ideas:

Go Holiday Shopping
Get your gift shopping done early this year! This is Santa Barbara, after all; so there are tons of unique shops available along State Street and many more hidden gems off the beaten path. No matter what you decide, make sure to shop local and try to minimize waste.

P.S. Adventure is always the perfect gift! — Shop Gift Certificates

Santa Barbara Half Marathon
WHEN: November 7th
PRICE: Half Marathon: $99 / Santa Barbara Independent 5K: $44 / Kid’s Race: $20 / Virtual Run: $99
WHERE: Cabrillo Blvd and State Street
Santa Barbara’s only waterfront Half Marathon will feature a downtown-centric course with stretches along the iconic palm tree-lined Cabrillo Blvd. Stay tuned for more course details on the Half Marathon & 5K course. Pace groups will be provided for finishing times of 1 hour and 30 minutes to 3 hours in the Half Marathon. The Half Marathon time limit is set at 3 hours and 30 minutes or approximately 16 minutes per mile. Training programs will be emailed to participants ahead of August 2, which marks the beginning of the 14-week Half Marathon training. The average temperature for early November in Santa Barbara is a high of 70 degrees and a low of 50 degrees. — Register Now

Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour at Channel Islands National Park
WHEN: Everyday in November
WHERE: Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
Our most popular Channel Islands kayak tour! We’ll explore several sea caves to the east and west of Scorpion Harbor and still leave you with some time to explore this island by foot afterward. — Book Now

First Thursday Art Walk
WHEN: November 4th
WHERE: Participating galleries and venues, The Visitors’ Center, hotel concierge desks, host table on State Street, and the Downtown Santa Barbara office located at 27-B East De La Guerra Street
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. — Book Now

Sunset Kayak in Santa Barbara Harbor
When: Every evening in November
Where: Santa Barbara Harbor
November is an AMAZING time of year for EPIC sunsets in Santa Barbara. 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

Thanksgiving 4-Miler 2021
WHEN: November 25th
PRICE: $25-$40
WHERE: Magnolia Shopping Center
Come out and enjoy the 23rd annual running of the original Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler. The flat and fast course stands apart from many of the local run courses with a start along Hollister Avenue to Turnpike leading to a stretch along the bike path and then winding through neighborhood streets to the finish at Thunderbird Park (on Walnut Avenue – just off Hollister Avenue).
Online registration closes at midnight, Wednesday, November 24th. Feel free to show up on race day to join us! The race starts at 9:05am. — Register Now

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