Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Adventure Company

Don’t let summer slip away without trying these uniquely Santa Barbara events and activities, only available during the month of August.

Kayaking Adventures

As the warm rays of summer shine down on the Santa Barbara South Coast during the month of August,  keep cool and embark on a kayaking adventure along the coast. Stay close to Santa Barbara and set out on a coastline excursion with Santa Barbara Adventure Company, who offer guided kayaking tours at the beautiful Refugio State Park or within the bustling Santa Barbara Harbor.

If you’re in the mood for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, venture out a little further to explore the sea caves of the Channel Islands National Park.  While you can go sea kayaking at the Channel Islands National Park year-round, one activity that you can only experience through September is kayaking through Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the world. The painted cave tour with Santa Barbara Adventure Company is a must for any adventurer or those looking for an unforgettable day at sea. While on this day-long tour, you’ll explore the less traveled west end of Santa Cruz Island and the stunning Painted Cave. You’ll even have additional time for island exploring and snorkeling.

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Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara is a summer staple.  Now in its 93rd year, the city of Santa Barbara and surrounding towns are abuzz leading up to and throughout this community-wide festival celebrating the history, culture, and traditions of Santa Barbara’s heritage. This year’s festivities span August 2-6, and we encourage you to watch the parade, dance in the street and eat until you can eat no more. For planning ideas, we’ve crafted a guide to Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2017. Because really, what other festival encourages you to crack confetti-filled eggs on your friends’ heads?


Sounds of Summer

Santa Barbara concerts and music venues are filled with performances and special appearances throughout the entire month of August. Santa Barbara’s intimate, open-air amphitheater, the Santa Barbara Bowl, will host six concerts throughout the month from artists including Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival (August 5), Bryan Ferry  (August 19), and Young the Giant (August 25). Nothing says farewell to summer like a summer concert.

2017 Pacific Pride Festival

Overlooking Santa Barbara’s picturesque coastline, celebrate the 2017 Pacific Pride Festival on August 26 at Chase Palm Park.  The electric festival will feature a full day of live entertainment, vendors, food booths, activities and community celebration of the LGBTQ+ and ally communities.

This year’s theme, “Pride = Resist”, will begin with a march through Santa Barbara Streets and lead directly to Chase Palm Park, where the party will continue with an impressive line-up of performers (including the world’s first LGBTQ+ Mariachi Band, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles) and entertainers to captivate audience members.  Get ready to boogie the afternoon away as DJ Darla Bea will be on stage spinning tunes throughout the day.

Summer Sips

Sipping on the Sea with Santa Barbara Sailing Center. Photo Credit: Blake Bronstad

As summer slips away, make sure to sip your way through the Santa Barbara South Coast.  If you’re looking to elevate your next sailing excursion, look no further than Santa Barbara Sailing Center. Held on August 17, join Jamie Slone Wines as they pour wine aboard the Double Dolphin for Sipping on the Sea. On August 11, begin your weekend getaway at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara for their Summer Tasting Series. August features “Ferragosto Festival” which will highlight local white wines and an Italian inspired fritto misto bar.

Featured August Events

Family 1st Thursday: Collage


Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art…

Dance Around the World


This performance is a culmination of the Junior Intensive summer program at Gustafson Dance. It is a revue of ballet, jazz, character and tap numbers.

Ferragosto Festival


A celebrated festival in Italy, Ferragosto comes to Santa Barbara this August. Join us at the ocean front Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club for a tasting of local white wines and an Italian inspired fritto misto bar.

Studio Sunday on the Front Steps: Watercolor

Time: Location: Front Steps of the Museum

Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain…

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