From Earth Day Festivals that celebrate eco-friendly and sustainable living to the Amgen Tour (the premiere annual West Coast cycling event), there are so many things to do in Santa Barbara this spring. Check out our favorite springtime events in Santa Barbara so you won’t miss the best this city has to offer during your upcoming visit.
April 26-27 Earth Day Festival (Alameda Park)
Featuring hundreds of eco-conscious exhibitors, who 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.
May 04- May 31 Backstage Passes at the Santa Barbara Zoo – Guests ages five and up our able to work alongside an experienced zookeeper for 1½ hours.
May 15 Amgen Tour of Santa Barbara
This is the 9th annual year of this bike tour, which helps raise funds for cancer research. It’s top of the list of fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara during the spring. Considered America’s largest and most prestigious cycling event, the Amgen Tour of California commences in front of the state’s Capital Building and travels 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 23 – 25 Memorial Day Weekend
June 20 – 22 Summer Solstice Celebration
Summer Solstice is an elaborate affair in Santa Barbara. The annual Summer Solstice Festival kicks off June 20 and draws crowds of over 100,000 spectators from around the world. This parade, which originated in 1974, began originally as an elaborate birthday celebration has since morphed into an annual event which delights both tourists and visitors alike.
July 12-13 26th Annual French Festival at Oak Park
From July 12-13 Santa Barbara says “mais oui” to all things French as it celebrates an extended Bastille Day(traditionally celebrated in France on July 14). The annual French festival features more than 50 booths with offerings that include crepes, face painting and henna tattoos.
Jul. 17 – 19 CA Wine Festival