Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Time to put away your winter clothes, because spring is peaking out from behind the clouds! While Santa Barbara weather is temperate, you can still look forward to longer days, less layers, and the most brilliant sunsets you’ll ever see during the month of March. And if you’re looking to travel to our crescent of coast, it’s undeniable that March in Santa Barbara brings tasty bites, thrilling films, and gorgeous flora amongst a few unforgettably exhilarating activities. To ensure an eventful and foodie-filled stay, we’ve compiled a list of the top eight reasons why March is the ideal time to visit Santa Barbara.

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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

To begin March with a culinary bang, we recommend dining al fresco at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s elegant seaside restaurant, Bella Vista. Parents with kiddos in tow, fret not! Kid’s Night Out includes complimentary childcare, arts and crafts and interactive games while you unwind and relax at Bella Vista. Indulge in authentic Italian cuisine and relish in the warm ambiance while overlooking Butterfly Beach. Post-dinner, the whole family can stroll the beach at sunset, in search of buried treasure and glistening sea glass. 

Executive Chef Marco Fossati gathering ingredients from the on-site Chef’s Garden. Photo Credit: Blake Bronstad

Up the ante on your resort dining experience with the Chef’s Table feast. Executive Chef Marco Fossati showcases his expert craftsmanship as he prepares your three-course meal with the freshest local ingredients. Think straight from the farmers market greens, creamy cheeses, and exquisite seasonings that expand the flavor profiles of your fare. Reservations are required as these events tend to be a fan favorite. Learn More

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week

Explore Santa Barbara’s expansive culinary landscape at a great price during Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, February 22 – March 3, 2019. Over 20+ area restaurants, including Santa Barbara’s newest hot-spots and signature locales, will be serving exquisite two and three-course menus, all for a prix fixe. Grab lunch at that Italian spot you’ve been dying to try, or broaden your palate with dinner at a hip Asian fusion joint, for $25 and $40 respectively. If wine is more your style, participating tasting rooms will also be offering specially curated wine experiences, so don’t miss out on this delicious week. Learn More

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, February 22 – March 3, 2019

Condor Express

Open ocean, ahoy! Hop aboard the Condor Express and behold a myriad of marine mammals right outside your door. With crew members specially trained to find, spot, and teach about ocean wildlife, you can expect to see dolphins, sea lions, and whales all year long. In Santa Barbara, there is no traditional whale watching season as whales of all types can be seen year-round. So book your tour any time and be sure to have your camera ready. The Condor Express is designed so passengers can easily see and take pictures of the wildlife, and the panoramic surround of the water is a spectacular sight. Learn More

Whale watching with Condor Express. Photo Credit: David Collier

World of Pinot Noir

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply intrigued by what makes Pinot Noir such an enjoyable red, World of Pinot Noir, March 1-2, 2019, is an event that will prove to be both informative and delicious. Join professional winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara to explore, celebrate and indulge in wine tastings, dinners, seminars and parties all dedicated to this delightful wine. If you love wine (especially Pinot Noir), this is one event you surely don’t want to miss. Learn More

World of Pinot Noir, March 1-2, 2019

Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival

Santa Barbara is a welcome escape from the fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle, yet our seaside town still has its own plethora of film-related happenings for film buffs and movie-goers alike to enjoy. Held at the New Vic Theatre, the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, March 6-10, 2019, will include five days of remarkable 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

74th ANNUAL Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

As the spring season begins, Santa Barbara blooms with orchids in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, March 15 – 17, 2019. Mythical displays and fantastical forests of orchids and other lush greenery whisk attendees to another world. Not to mention, this three-day exhibition is noted as one of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids! Marvel at the vibrant colors and sizes of orchids you never thought could have existed at this unique expo. Learn More

Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, March 15-17, 2019.


Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground is set to host the 4th Annual Buellton Wine and Chili Festival, March 17, 2019, where more than 25 chili and salsa chefs competing for title of “Best Chili” and “Best Homemade Salsa” will converge for a flavorful good time. Mix in the samplings of 30+ wineries, craft breweries and spirit companies and you’ll be spooning and sipping the region’s most vibrant tastes. Bring the whole family and don’t miss the live entertainment and lawn games including corn hole, bocce ball, and table tennis.  Learn more

Featured March Events

BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story


Now in its 30th amazing year, the "World's Most Successful Rock 'n' Roll Musical" continues to thrill audiences around the world. Viewed by more than 22 million people worldwide, Buddy opened in London's West End in 1989, and has been seen on…

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