Updated January 2022. They say spring is one of the best times to visit Santa Barbara. Before the summer crowds descend and temperatures are still mild, March makes for the perfect month to go exploring in the city. There are so many fun March events in Santa Barbara you won’t want to miss!
It’s an ideal time for sightseeing. Flowers are blooming in the botanical gardens and the zoo is welcoming babies. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by gorgeous rolling waves in the playful Pacific and you’ll know it’s time to relax.
In a bustling beach town, you want to be close to everything. The Eagle Inn is a centrally located Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast that gives you access to a variety of activities all within your reach. From downtown to the harbor and pier, you’ll be able to discover so much more when you stay in the center of it all.
Once you’ve checked in, it’s time for adventure! Here are a few things that are happening in Santa Barbara in March that shouldn’t be missed:
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from March 2 through March 11, 2022. During that time, visitors will be able to enjoy special panels, award ceremonies, and screenings at several venues throughout the city. Purchase passes for events in advance.
World of Pinot Noir
Also returning on March 3 – 5, 2022, is the World of Pinot Noir at the Ritz Carlton Bacara. Choose one or more days to taste amazing wine, attend seminars or enjoy food pairings with examples of the favorite grape. There will be more than 100 wineries participating in this event.
Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources
This special exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art highlights 20 works of Van Gogh himself, as well as 75 additional objects that have been selected to reflect the art he admired and that inspired him. The exhibit opens on February 27 and continues through May 22, 2022. Included are first edition copies of works of Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Leonid Tolstoy, and Edgar Allan Poe, who would have also incited Van Gogh’s imagination.
The Santa Barbara Symphony has collaborated with the Museum of Art for its March performances on the 19th and 20th. The program features organ numbers with the same level of auditory reaction as the Van Gogh visuals.
Many of our favorite outdoor tours are perfect for March fun, so now is a good opportunity to try them out. Choose from wine tours, bike tours, downtown food tours, trolley and walking tours, and more.
- Kayaking: The Santa Barbara Adventure Company has a number of different kayaking adventures including the Channel Islands or Coastal Kayaking. All gear is provided as part of the tour.
- Surfing: Try out surfing with some lessons! All wetsuits and boards are provided, and lessons are available for all skill levels.
- Wine Tours: There are Sideways-inspired Wine Tours, Cupcakes and Wine Tours, and Wine and Bike Tours! The common denominator is wine!
Santa Barbara is home to multiple museums! There is one to visit no matter your particular interest, from history to dolls, from marine animals to art. Pick one and spend an afternoon exploring.
You’ll love to visit Santa Barbara in March because it’s cool, quiet, and there’s plenty to do. With lots of fun March events in Santa Barbara, plan your stay with us. The Eagle Inn is conveniently located just minutes away from festivals, workshops, and events, you’ll always be in the center of the action. And just in time for spring!
Give us a call at (805) 965-3586 or contact us online. We’re looking forward to serving you this spring season!
About The Eagle Inn: Located at 232 Natoma Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, The Eagle Inn is one of the best beach side bed and breakfast hotels in Santa Barbara. Relax in comfortable surroundings just steps from the beach. Check the website for last-minute Santa Barbara hotel deals and hotel packages. Follow on Facebook for upcoming Santa Barbara events and Instagram for stunning photos. Call the front desk at (805) 965-3586 to learn more about hotel discounts and local deals.