Get ready to enjoy that summertime feeling, without the hassle of mid-summer crowds. March is easily one of the best times to visit the Santa Barbara South Coast. Spend your days touring the town by bike, foot, or trolley, followed by evenings wining and dining beneath Santa Barbara’s quintessential red-tiled roofs. Add into the mix Santa Barbara’s mountains-meet-ocean terrain, and you’ll be ready to kiss winter goodbye.

Book Your Stay

Your March getaway deserves the perfect place to stay. Santa Barbara Hotel Group offers visitors the ease of choosing from five different locations, each ideally located within Santa Barbara’s top neighborhoods. Each enchanting hotel and inn exudes a warm and relaxed Santa Barbara vibe, complemented by gracious hospitality and many amenities for a memorable stay. Extend the romance of February through the month of March with Santa Barbara Hotel Group’s “Romance on the Riviera Package”, complete with all of the ingredients needed for a romantic getaway, including dinner for two on Santa Barbara’s Waterfront, a box of chocolates and bottle of local Chardonnay.

If you’d prefer a stay with all the fixings, Santa Barbara Hotel Group’s “4-Days, 3-Nights in Paradise Package” includes a trip to wine country, sunset sailing, waterfront dining, and a variety of other amenities for a picturesque getaway for two.

Now that we have you hooked, don’t miss a moment of all the events and activities happening only during the month of March:

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week

While every bite of Santa Barbara’s cuisine scene should be savored 365 days a year, the first four days of March* is your last chance to participate in Santa Barbara Restaurant Week. We’re talking, three courses of flavor-packed dishes, all for a set price at over 20 participating restaurants. This is your chance to eat your way through new and noteworthy restaurants, or revisit a few of your favorites. With pricing levels at $25, $35 and $45, you don’t have to break the bank to treat yourself to a meal you’ll never forget.

*Santa Barbara restaurant kicks of February and runs through March 4, 2018.

Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza

March 1 – 4, puppets of every kind will take over the town at the 1st Annual Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza. This four-day family focused festival will feature some of the world’s best puppet talent from across the globe. From giant puppets and toy puppets to hand puppets, shadow puppets, micro puppets and more, Santa Barbara’s inaugural PuppetPalooza festival will celebrate and share the art of puppetry with locals and visitors alike. Children, families, and performing arts fans from across the country will look forward to this first-of-its-kind festival on the West Coast.

Be sure not to miss the headline performance, “Meet The Muppets and the Performers Who Make Them Great!” The Muppets—and the remarkable performers who bring them to life –  will enthrall audiences with an evening of story-telling, interviews, exclusive footage, musical puppetry madness and improvised mayhem.

World of Pinot Noir

If you love wine, the 18th Annual World of Pinot Noir is an event you don’t want to miss. Join professional winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars, March 2-3, at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara. Attend, celebrate and indulge in wine tastings, dinners, seminars and parties all dedicated to this delicious wine.

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Each March, Santa Barbara blooms with orchids in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture at the 73rd Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Held March 9 – 11, this three-day event, noted as one of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids, brings together more than 50 orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the world. This year’s theme “ORCHIDS – The World’s Greatest Show”, pays homage to a family of flowering plants that boast 25,000 species, among which beauty is ubiquitous and uniqueness is commonplace. A highlight of this year’s event is the vanilla orchid, which will add taste to the list of senses stimulated by the diverse array of plants.

Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival

If your travels to Santa Barbara are later in the month, don’t miss the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival March 15-19. Held at the New Vic Theatre, this annual festival will include 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.

Featured March Events


World of Pinot Noir

Taking place March 1 - 2, 2019 at the seaside Ritz-Carlton Bacara in sunny Santa Barbara, the World of Pinot Noir will feature more than 250 wineries from around the globe, expert-led seminars, pairing dinners prepared by renown chefs and…

Buellton Wine and Chili Festival

Time: Location: Flying Flags RV Resort

Sample from over 25 wineries, craft breweries and spirit companies! We are "Bringing the Heat to St. Patty's Day!" Show up hungry and try some chili and salsa made by some of the best local chefs, and restaurants, competing to take home prizes for…

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute 75th Gala

Time: Location: Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito

2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) by Dr. William Sansum, the first American physician to manufacture and administer life-saving insulin to US patients right here in Santa Barbara. To…

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