Santa Barbara is feeling extra European these days thanks to the introduction of the State Street Promenade. The heart of Downtown Santa Barbara’s entertainment and retail district has transformed into an expansive 10-block pedestrian walkway between Sola and Gutierrez Streets. You can now explore, browse, shop, sip, and dine while enjoying the architectural beauty, sights, and sounds of State Street—without car traffic. The conditions couldn’t be more ideal for taking a stroll!
One of the biggest perks of this enticing reimagining is the abundance of outdoor dining offerings. You can feel safe and keep a respectful social distance while savoring the diverse flavors of Santa Barbara at dozens of restaurants along the State Street Promenade. Our innovative eateries have created attractive, inviting spaces to serve their delectable fare by maximizing outdoor spaces and creatively expanding their alfresco footprints into parklets and paseos.
Tuesday Farmers Market
The Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market occurs every Tuesday on the 600 and 700 blocks of State Street from 2:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This colorful feast for the senses features approximately 50 regional farmers and artisanal purveyors. You’ll often spot local chefs stocking up on seasonal produce to inspire their weekly specials, too. The market is currently adhering to the State’s health and safety guidelines, and masks are required for all shoppers and vendors.
State Street Promenade Market
Every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., State Street is transformed into a local marketplace for locals and visitors alike to meet and shop the products of local artisans. As you browse and buy, enjoy temporary art and light installations and sample eats and drinks from downtown purveyors. To ensure a safe experience for all, masks are required, and each booth will have hand sanitizer available.
Know Before You Go
Please be sure to maintain a safe, six-foot social distance as you explore the State Street Promenade and patronize local businesses. Bicyclists are permitted to cruise along the promenade, so be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution. Under the State of California guidelines, wearing face coverings is a must for those over three years of age. Rest assured, you can remove your masks to eat and drink while seated at dining establishments, breweries, and wine tasting rooms. Also, be aware that retailers may have limits for in-store capacity.
Before arriving, we encourage all travelers to confirm reservations and business hours in advance. For a list of what’s currently open in the Santa Barbara South Coast, please click here.