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.


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 once-in-a-lifetime kayak or snorkel adventure in California’s island paradise, 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. In fact, this is such a popular tour, there are only nine dates available for the month of August. 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. Learn More


If your sights are set on the sailing the seas, take advantage of Santa Barbara Hotel Group’s Seashore and Soother Package, where you and a guest will be treated to an unforgettable sunset sail. Quintessentially Santa Barbara, there’s nothing better than the cool coastal views of The American Riviera® aboard a 50-foot Catamaran with someone special.

Cap off your evening with a complimentary bottle of wine from Santa Barbara Winery, as you check into your comfortable and inviting accommodations at any of the Santa Barbara Hotel Group collection of hotels. Learn More


Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara is a summer staple.  Now in its 94th 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 1-5, and we encourage you to watch the parade, dance in the street and eat until you can eat no more. Learn More

Photo Credit: Fritz Olenberger


Santa Barbara concert 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 seven concerts throughout the month from artists including the 23rd Annual Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival (August 4), Bon Iver (August 8), and Music Academy’s Festival Orchestra and Los Angeles Master Chorale (August 11). Nothing says farewell to summer like a rockin’ concert. Learn More


Overlooking Santa Barbara’s picturesque coastline, celebrate the 2018 Pacific Pride Festival on August 25 from 12-7pm at Chase Palm Park. The electric festival will feature a full day of live entertainment, vendors, food booths, activities and celebration of the LGBTQ+ and ally communities. Free to the public, join the diverse crowd of nearly 4,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and ally supporters and their families from the Central and South Coast.

This year’s festivities will include an impressive line-up of performers (including top ten American Idol contestant Ada Vox) and entertainers to captivate audience members. Learn More

Featured August Events

Sipping on the Sea with Topa Topa Brewery


Sip local wine or beer from a featured winery or brewery while enjoying a Santa Barbara Sunset aboard the Double Dolphin on the third Thursday of each month! A representative from the winery or brewery will be on board to pour the…

Santa Barbara Triathlon


Not just another pretty race! The Santa Barbara Triathlon delivers unique distances, an event site to die for and a vibe that is both fun and friendly. We have an unparalleled variety of course options to choose from, and every participant gets a…

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