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.
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. Then 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 Monica in March that shouldn’t be missed:
March Events Near Our Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast
- Restaurant Week: If you want the best of the Santa Barbara food experience, in a short amount of time, then you should definitely check out restaurant week. Although it starts on February 23rd, it goes all the way into the first week of March (ends on the 4th). The ongoing event is recurring daily and features such activities like wellness events, food and wine pairings, lessons, and tours (to name a few). During restaurant week, various vendors around all of Santa Barbara will offer a three-course menu at a reduced price, making even the most expensive of restaurants available to the average Joe. Cost: Plates are priced at $25, $35, and $45
- Princess Weekend: Do you want your kids to think you are a hero? Then bring them to the Save the Frogs/Princess Weekend at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The event centers around two things. You guessed it: princesses and frogs. Character’s from your child’s favorite Disney movies, like Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, will be there to educate them on how to save the world’s most threatened amphibians. The event includes crafts, games, and special animal appearances—all in the spirit of conservation. Cost: Free with zoo admission. Zoo admission is $18 for an adult and $10 per child.
- Herbal Spa Kit: If you’re looking to relax, learning how to apply herbal therapies is a great place to start. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is hosting a 2-part workshop surrounding the education of California native herbs and how to create herbal remedies. The 8-hour class is held all day on Saturday, March 10th and includes activities like making your own face wash, foot scrub, face steam, herbal oil, etc… Cost: $80
- The Botanic Beer Garden: What better way to celebrate nature than with a beer in hand? Saturday, March 24, starting at 1:00 p.m. the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden hosts the Beer Garden 2018. It’s a mini beer festival with brews chosen to complement the unique flora in the environment. Tickets to the event include admissions, a tour of the gardens, a signature souvenir beer glass, a map, and light snacks. The Beer Garden events generally sell out quickly, so if you are going to be in the area, make sure you grab them in advance! Cost: General admission tickets are available February 26th. Premium tickets are $250
- PuppetPalooza: From March 1-4, puppets are taking over the city of Santa Barbara at the unique puppet festival, PuppetPalooza (yes, like the concert). The family-centric event also offers nighttime fun for adults too. It’s a win-win. With over 20 performances and events at venues all over the city, the multi-cultural celebration is intended to bring the community together through creative art. Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. They start at $25.
- Teahouse and Garden: It’s a learning experience for the whole family when guests are welcome to visit the ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, and it’s free for everyone. Listen to the tales from the trained teahouse staff and share in their skills. You’ll leave feeling more encultured about the rich traditions of Japan (and perhaps with some delicious tea souvenirs). Cost: Free
- Orchid Show: The 73rd Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is being held March 9-11th and recurring daily, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The name of this year’s show is “Orchid Mystique” and is taking place at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The family-friendly event is very affordable and features exotic prize-winning orchids from all across the globe. With over 25,000 different species in bloom, this year is sure to be the best yet. Keep your eye out for the rare flower with the foot-long tongue! Cost: $14 general admission, $12 for seniors/students, Kids under 12 are FREE
- The World of Pinot Noir: For two days the city of Santa Barbara turns into everything Pinot Noir, with a top event at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa. The World of Pinot Noir is a two-day affair from March 2-3, celebrating the world’s top Pinot Noir brands and wineries. The weekend-long seaside celebration features Michelin Star chefs, wine scholars, top sommeliers, and of course, tons of delicious and storied vintages. Cost: Tickets start at $75 for one event and can go as high as $1,150 for a Weekend Pass.
- Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival: Recurring daily from March 15-19 at the New Vic Theatre, the festival reviews films from around the world on themes of Jewish identity and culture. The event is organized every year by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara and is a highly anticipated celebration. This year’s five-day festival has films that run the gamut of genres, from documentaries to comedies, and shorts by filmmakers from around the world. Grab your all-admission passes early and start planning your five days of excellent films in Santa Barbara. Cost: Early Bird Passes start at $80 for 13 programs.
- Sunday Art Walk: For almost two decades, from Stearns Wharf to Calle Cesar Chavez, Cabrillo Blvd. has played host to the Art Walk on Sundays. Located along 150 feet of pristine ocean views, hundreds of exhibitors and vendors show off their stuff to a lively community of residents and tourists alike. Official hours are from 10 a.m. until dusk and of course, there is no charge to absorb the Santa Barbara culture at its finest. Cost: As FREE as your feet.
If you need an exciting and convenient way to get to events and festivals, all you have to do is contact our friends at Wheel Fun Rentals. This will give you a whole new way to see the city and the ocean.
March in Santa Barbara is one of the best months to visit because it’s cool, quiet, and there’s plenty to do. When you have a lot of things planned and events to attend, you want to stay somewhere that is close to everything. The Eagle Inn is your answer to an easier vacation. 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 by clicking here. We’re looking forward to serving you this spring season!
Paul and Staff
Phone: (805) 965-3586
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.