Things to do in Santa Barbara, California, in November

Ali Sullivan
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Things to do in Santa Barbara, California, in November 

Are you heading to California this season? Discover the best things to do in Santa Barbara in November. 


November in Santa Barbara is a well-kept secret, a time when this coastal paradise reveals its true charms to those who venture to its inviting shores. As the rest of the world bundles up for winter, Santa Barbara continues to bask in the warmth of the California sun. With fewer tourists and mild, pleasant weather, it’s the perfect moment for an autumn escape. 


Why visit Santa Barbara, California, in November? Because it’s like having a perfect summer fling with autumn! The weather is still sunny and warm, but the summer crowds have gone. You can enjoy the beach, sip wine, explore art galleries, and eat delicious food, all with a relaxed vibe that’s pure November bliss. Plus, there are cool events like film festivals and Thanksgiving celebrations. 


Get ready to explore, indulge, and savor every moment in this charming coastal haven. Whether you’re a sun-seeker, a foodie, or an adventure enthusiast, Santa Barbara in November has something special just for you. So, pack your shades and a light sweater, and come savor the Californian charm without the summer hustle! 

Santa Barbara Half Marathon

(November 5)


Are you ready for your medal? Lace up your running shoes and get ready for the second annual Santa Barbara Half Marathon! Enjoy picturesque views while you run with course options of a13.1 mile distance, a 5K (3.1 miles) as well as kids fun run set along Cabrillo Blvd and State Street.

After the race, celebrate with fellow marathon runners at the events finish line festival.


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First Thursday 


(November 3)


Stroll through the historic downtown arts district of Santa Barbara during this monthly event when galleries, studios, and museums open their doors to the public. It’s the ideal event to kick-start your trip to Santa Barbara in November. 


Old Spanish Days Fiesta 


(November 2-6)


Another event at the start of November is the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Experience the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara with parades, music, dancing, and traditional food during this five-day celebration.


Thanksgiving Dinner


(Thanksgiving Day)


Many Santa Barbara restaurants offer delectable Thanksgiving feasts, allowing you to enjoy a stress-free holiday meal. Or, stay at any of the ITH Hostel locations for a family-style Thanksgiving dinner with other like-minded travelers. 

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Santa Barbara Farmers Market


(Every Tuesday from 3:00-6:30 pm)


Don’t miss the chance to savor fresh, seasonal produce, artisanal goods, and delicious food from local vendors at the various weekly markets around the city.


Outdoor Activities




November’s mild weather is perfect for outdoor pursuits like hiking in the nearby Los Padres National Forest, biking along the waterfront, or exploring the picturesque Douglas Family Preserve.


Sunset Sailing




While much of the country is experiencing snowfall and colder temperatures, Santa Barbara is sunny with blue skies! Make the most of your time and book a sunset sailing cruise to witness the breathtaking coastal sunset from the water, offering a unique perspective of Santa Barbara’s beauty.


Santa Barbara’s mild climate and picturesque setting make it a fantastic destination for November. Whether you’re interested in cultural events, outdoor activities, or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery, Santa Barbara offers a wealth of opportunities to make your November memorable.


To make your stay even more fantastic, ITH’s newest location is located right here in Santa Barbara! It’s the perfect home base for exploring, relaxing, and making lifelong friends during your visit to sunny California. 


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