Best Things to Do in Santa Barbara in March

Ali Sullivan
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Explore Santa Barbara in March with our curated list of the best things to do! Discover the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure in this coastal paradise.”


Thinking of spending March in Santa Barbara, California? You’re in for a treat!  Whether you’re a nature lover, a foodie, or a culture enthusiast, this charming coastal city offers something for everyone to enjoy. Our guide to the best things to do in Santa Barbara in March will make the planning process even easier. Are you ready? 


Discover the Magic of Santa Barbara in March 

As the weather begins to warm up, March is an ideal time to explore the great outdoors in Santa Barbara. Lace up your hiking boots and venture into the nearby mountains for breathtaking views of the coastline and lush landscapes. Alternatively, head to one of Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches, where you can soak up the sun, catch some waves, or simply relax. 


In addition to its natural beauty, Santa Barbara is also known for its thriving food and wine scene. March offers the perfect opportunity to sample delicious food and local wines at the city’s restaurants, cafes, and wineries.


If you are ready to experience this coastal town like never before, keep scrolling for our guide to the best things to do in Santa Barbara in March. 


Whale Watching

March is one of the best times of the year to go whale watching in Santa Barbara. From December to April, the whales are hanging out more than ever along the Pacific coast of California. Hop on a boat or book a tour to witness these magical marine creatures in action this March in Santa Barbara. 

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Mania: The ABBA Tribute

Calling all Mama Mia fans! Get ready to dance and sing along to the iconic hits of ABBA at “Mania: The ABBA Tribute” in Santa Barbara this March. Whether you’re a die-hard ABBA fan or simply love great music, “Mania” promises an evening of non-stop fun and nostalgia. So gather your new friends from ITH Beach Hostel and put on your dancing shoes for a night of fun! 


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Shen Yun 2024 World Tour

If you’re a theater fan, experience the wonder of traditional Chinese dance and music at the Shen Yun 2024 World Tour in Santa Barbara in March. This performance showcases the rich heritage of Chinese culture through choreography, stunning costumes, and music. Whether you’re captivated by the movements of Chinese dance or mesmerized by the colors and storytelling, Shen Yun promises a unique night you won’t forget. 


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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, World of Pinot Noir 

March 1-2

Wine lovers, this one is for you! Indulge in a world of fine wines and gourmet food at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, for the World of Pinot Noir event. Sample exquisite wines from renowned producers, savor delicious food creations and enjoy the beauty of Santa Barbara. Plus, it’s the perfect setting for a luxurious tasting, with stunning ocean views and a relaxed, elegant atmosphere.

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Catch a Sunset at the Beach 

Experience the magic of a Santa Barbara sunset this March by heading to one of the town’s beaches. With mild temperatures and clear skies, March offers the perfect conditions for catching a sunset along the coast. Some top spots to watch the sun go down include Leadbetter Beach or Butterfly Beach. East Beach is another popular choice, offering a vast stretch of shoreline as well. Watching the sunset in Santa Barbara is an experience not to be missed.


76th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 

March 8-9

If you are going to be in Santa Barbara in early March, be sure not to miss the 76th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. This event showcases an array of orchids from around the world, with vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and intoxicating fragrances. From exotic species to rare hybrids, the Orchid Show offers a unique opportunity to admire these blooms up close and learn more about their cultivation and care.


805 Night Market 

March 16-17

Experience the flavors and lively atmosphere of the 805 Night Market in Santa Barbara this March. This exciting event brings together local food vendors, artisans, and performers for an evening of fun and feasting. Explore foodie delights, from street food to artisanal treats, while enjoying live music, performances, and interactive activities.


Santa Barbara St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

March 17

Finally, grab your green attire and head to the end of the rainbow to watch the Santa Barbara St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Paint the town green and celebrate the luck of the Irish at some of the city’s best bars and pubs. You can grab your new friends from the hostel and set out on a lively pub crawl, hopping from one venue to the next and enjoying drink specials, live music, and festive entertainment.


We hope you have enjoyed this guide to the best things to do in Santa Barbara in March. There are endless possibilities of things to do, so what are you waiting for? Come on out and book your stay at ITH Beach Hostel in Santa Barbara to enjoy the city, make new friends, and have the time of your life in Santa Barbara in March.  

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