Santa Barbara shines bright all summer long, but August is especially vibrant and memorable in our seaside haven. Bask in the sunshine during one of the town’s numerous outdoor festivals, break a sweat at the Santa Barbara Triathlon, or tour the studios of local artists showcasing their artistic masterpieces. In Santa Barbara, there are unique activities for all throughout the month of August.

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Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara is a summer staple. The city and surrounding towns will celebrate 95 years of history, culture, and traditions of Santa Barbara’s heritage. You can expect a variety of markets, lively performances, and colorful cascarones at this community-wide festival. This year’s festivities span August 5  through August 9, and we encourage you to enjoy the parade, dance in the street and eat until you can eat no more. Learn More


Santa Barbara’s concert and music venues are filled with performances and special appearances throughout the entire month of August. Nothing says farewell to summer like a rockin’ concert at Santa Barbara’s intimate, open-air amphitheater, the Santa Barbara Bowl. Learn More

Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival

Often called the original “Hollywood,” our seaside town has a rich history when it comes to film. In fact, California’s first movie studio was built in Santa Barbara. Over the years, Santa Barbara has remained a destination for many film-related happenings geared towards film buffs and movie-goers alike to enjoy. Held at The New Vic Theatre, the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, August 19 to 23, 2020, includes five days of exceptional films from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity, including a wide range of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and shorts by American, European and Israeli filmmakers. Learn More


Overlooking Santa Barbara’s picturesque coastline, celebrate the 2019 Pacific Pride Festival on August 24 from 12-7 p.m. 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. Learn More


Running, swimming, and biking galore! Whether you are a competitive triathlete, a first-time participant, or somewhere in between, the Santa Barbara Triathlon is an amazing opportunity to bond with friends and family, and push yourself athletically. On August 25, Santa Barbara’s East Beach and beyond sets the scene for the event course, but don’t let the glittering ocean distract you! This race is a rough and tumble good time, and all competitors can enjoy their new found glory at the post-race after party, complete with live music, food vendors, and more. Learn More


Join artists from near and far at the Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ Open Studio Tour August 30 through September 2. Drawing national and international collectors, decorators, and gallery owners, this prestigious event is one of a kind. Visit the artists in their acclaimed galleries, and view the studios where the magic happens. Peruse the streets of downtown Santa Barbara and experience the beauty of artistry. Learn More

Featured August Events

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Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival

From August 19-20, 2020 at The New Vic Theatre, the highly acclaimed Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival will bring the community together to experience the power of exceptional films from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and…

Sipping on the Sea with Topa Topa Brewing Co.


On Board This Month: Topa Topa Brewing Sip local beer from Topa Topa Brewing Co. while enjoying a Santa Barbara Sunset aboard the Double Dolphin! A representative from the brewery will be on board to pour the tastings and…

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Santa Barbara Triathlon

Time: Location: East Beach

Santa Barbara's signature endurance event. With 4 decades of history this is the bucket-list event for locals as well as athletes around the world. Established in 1981, ours is one of the longest-running independently owned triathlons in the…

The Capitol Steps


What better time to see the Capitol Steps, the group that put the “mock” in “democracy” than now, with election season approaching? Don’t miss songs about the Democratic primary candidates (“76 Unknowns”)…

Buellton Wine and Chili Festival

Time: Location: Flying Flags RV Resort

Join us for a Fun Day of wine, craft beer, chili, salsa and live entertainment on August 30th at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground from 12 - 4:30 p.m. 30+ wineries, and craft breweries, and plenty of chili and salsa! Live entertainment, lawn…

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