Every year, Santa Barbara comes to life in the spring, with a number local events and festivities to take part in. Here’s our guide to the best festivals, concerts and activities that have us excited about spring in Santa Barbara.
April 21-22: Earth Day Festival at Alameda Park
Hundreds of eco-conscious exhibitors gather annually to celebrate sustainability and eco-friendly living. And at the Green Car show, find the largest collection of efficient and alternative-fueled vehicles between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
April 26: Tao “Drum Heart”
The Japanese-drumming show TAO is a traveling showcase of the art of traditional Japan’s particular percussive style and flair. Booming beats accompanied by dance performances make this a whirlwind of entertainment and fun.
May 11: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
The Lois and Walter Capps Project presents Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom for a screening at one of Santa Barbara’s most popular venues this May. This groundbreaking film chronicles the astonishing journey of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela in an original, critically-acclaimed light.
May 14: Amgen Tour of California in Santa Barbara
This is the 13th annual year of the Amgen Bike Tour of California, which helps raise funds for cancer research. It’s top of the list of fun things to do in Santa Barbara during the spring. America’s largest and most prestigious cycling event, the Amgen Tour of California commences in front of the state’s Capital Building and travels more than 600 miles through 11 host cities during the eight-day event including Folsom, San Jose, Mount Diablo State Park, Monterey, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Mountain High, Pasadena and Thousand Oaks.
May 19-20th: An Evening with Anne Akiko Meyers
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is coming to Santa Barbara to play with Santa Barbara symphony standout Jessica Guideri this spring. The evening will feature the two performing some landmark pieces, one of which will be Vivaldi’s iconic “Double Violin Concerto.”