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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: October 2021

It’s finally time to break out your favorite sweater again because Fall is officially here! We welcome with great delight cooler days that are perfect for hiking, biking, camping and more. Here’s how you can catch us hanging out around Santa Barbara this October:

Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak Tour at Channel Islands National Park
WHEN: Select days in October (This is the final month that this tour runs until June of next year — Don’t miss out!)
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 October! 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

Visit a Pumpkin Patch
WHEN: Every day in October
Get in the Fall-spirit by visiting a pumpkin patch. Here are a couple of options in town:
Big Wave Dave – La Cumbre Plaza in the Macy’s parking lot
Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch – 308 S. Walnut Lane, Goleta, CA 93117

Mountains to Shore Bike Tour
WHEN: Every day in October
WHERE: Santa Barbara, CA
Join Santa Barbara Adventure Company on a bike tour that starts high in the mountains. We’ll head downhill, stopping to enjoy some of the area’s most beloved locations including the Santa Barbara Mission. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will give a biking talk, riding demonstration and cover the expectations of the day. Our guides will bike with you along the way. We’ll stop at points of interest for photo opportunities and to talk about the area’s natural history. This tour will end at a local Santa Barbara beach. — Book Now

2nd Annual California Seaweed Festival
WHEN: October 23rd
WHERE: Santa Barbara City College
California Seaweed Festival is a free in-person family-friendly event celebrating the seaweed diversity of California! The festival will showcase seaweed uses and applications in art, cooking, farming, science, sustainable technology, and conservation. At the all-day event, there will be booths, exhibits, workshops, galleries, hands-on activities to immerse you and your family in seaweed fun and knowledge, and a +21 Seaweed Speakeasy.

First Thursday Art Walk
WHEN: October 7th
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. We hope you will join us to enjoy our beautiful downtown and all that it has to offer! — Book Now

Harbor Fun Paddle Tour
WHEN: Every day in October
TIME: Departing at 10AM and 1PM
WHERE: Santa Barbara Harbor
Join us for a relaxing introduction to kayaking where we’ll take a 2-hour paddling adventure around the Santa Barbara shoreline. This tour is the perfect half-day activity, and a great introduction to the exciting sport of sea kayaking. Fun and affordable for the whole family! This tour has a 2-person minimum and the tour may be canceled if less than 2 people book on any tour date. — Book Now

WHEN: October 8th & 9th
TIME: 11AM-Midnight
WHERE: The Brewhouse Santa Barbara
Costume contests, Stein Holding Contest, food & beer specials, tuba band, guest bartenders (your old school favorite staff) & just so much fun!

WHEN: October 9th
TIME: 12-9PM
WHERE: All Figueroa Mountain Brewing taprooms
Figtoberfest, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s seasonal Oktoberfest celebration is back! The 2021 Figtoberfest will feature Figtoberfest German-style lager and several other specialties on draft, plus a German food menu & Figtoberfest games, festive music, and more! Wear your best German-style costume to participate in their costume contest!

Wine Country Bike Tour
 Every day in October
Includes pick-up/drop-off in Santa Barbara and transportation to Santa Ynez Valley
For the adventurous wine lover — Pedal past gorgeous vineyards and taste at two amazing wineries in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley. — Book Now


Maria yapur

Hi! Is there any way we could get you to include the Brewhouse Oktoberfest? We are the oldest brewery in town & the original Oktoberfest in Santa Barbara. We have been doing it for 20 years & would love rhe support of the community!!!
October 8th & 9th open -close.
German food & beer
Costume & Stein holding contests
German music
We would really appreciate it!!!!!!
Thank u!!!


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