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
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 July 31 – August 4, 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. Santa Barbara’s intimate, open-air amphitheater, the Santa Barbara Bowl, will host nine concerts throughout the month from artists including Lionel Richie (August 6), Young The Giant & Fitz and The Tantrums (August 8), and Iration (August 25). Nothing says farewell to summer like a rockin’ concert. 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