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10 Best Things to Do in Santa Barbara this Spring 2023

There’s a lot you can do as a traveler visiting Santa Barbara this spring, and each activity has at least one exciting event tied to it. Without giving too much away, here’s our breakdown of the 10 best things to do in Santa Barbara during Spring 2023. 

Dance at Lucidity Festival

April 7-9

There are tons of great concerts coming through town this spring and summer. Lucidity Festival will be a highlight again with guests such as The Motet and Opiuo headlining a deep lineup. 

Live Oak Campground. Santa Barbara, CA 

Listen to the Santa Barbara Symphony

April 15 & 16

For a completely different musical experience, you can check out the local symphony for two mind-blowing evenings this spring. This Beethoven-themed show is also taking place at one of several noteworthy shows coming to one of Santa Barbara’s favorite venues — The Granada Theatre — this spring. 

The Granada Theatre. Santa Barbara, CA 

Celebrate at Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 

April 29-30

Come check out one of the longest-running Earth Day festivals here in Santa Barbara this April. There will be a green car show, live music, kids activities, and healthy food and drinks from local vendors. 

Alameda Park. Santa Barbara, CA 

Shop & Explore at Santa Barbara Fair & Expo

April 27

Take in a classic fair with the family. There will be a carnival, live farm animals, a horse show, rides, games, and more. 

Earl Warren Showgrounds. Santa Barbara, CA 

The Black Keys – Dropout Boogie Tour 

May 4

Ready to rock in Santa Barbara? Get your groove on and experience The Black Keys’ electrifying performance at the Santa Barbara Bowl! Their hit album El Camino catapulted them onto the Billboard’s Top 200, reaching platinum status around the world. 

Santa Barbara Bowl. Santa Barbara, CA 

Roar and Pour at Santa Barbara Zoo

May 6

Come explore the wild side and enjoy exciting tastings at the Roar & Pour event – now in its fourth year! Experience a unique evening of local wines, meet some furry friends, and don’t forget to feed the giraffes. 

Santa Barbara Zoo. Santa Barbara, CA 

Run for the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

May 13

Running throughout Santa Barbara County, this scenic 13-mile route offers fantastic views of the local mountains and terrain. 

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon. Solvang, CA 

Eat at Taste of Santa Barbara

May 15-21

This is an all-out celebration of everything food and drink in Santa Barbara. Come out for tasting events, farm tours, panel conversations, and more. 

Taste of Santa Barbara. Throughout Santa Barbara, CA 

Laugh at The Book of Mormon

May 20-21

Any travelers who miss catching a tune at the Granada Theatre can get a laugh at this production. The Tony-winning hit from the creators of South Park is coming to Santa Barbara for a highly anticipated production. 

The Granada Theatre. Santa Barbara, CA 

Jam with James Taylor 

May 31st

For those still on the hunt for some tunes, James Taylor is closing out the spring season at one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic venues. Don’t miss this Santa Barbara Bowl show if you’re in town. 

Santa Barbara Bowl. Santa Barbara, CA 

So, if you’re planning to visit Santa Barbara this spring, opt to stay at Hotel Milo, your beachfront hacienda.  With oceanfront guestrooms and a prime-location close to Stearns Wharf and State Street, you’ll be just moments from the best of SB.