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The Spring Has Sprung Edition

Spring is a very special time in Santa Barbara, with our enticing outdoor adventures, delicious culinary experiences, inspiring cultural attractions, and unique Santa Barbara events in April. In fact, all the ingredients for enjoyment can be found right here in our sunny seaside paradise. At this time of year, Santa Barbara can be as relaxing or adventurous as you want.

Those who live in Santa Barbara County should take full advantage of the great outdoors, from the mountains to the sea. Clear your mind and breathe in the fresh air on a scenic hike among the wildflowers that cover our hillsides. Take a spin along our coastal bike path or get around downtown without a car by using our city’s 80 electric bike stations placed in convenient locations including State Street, the Mission, and the waterfront. This is the perfect time of year to get out on the water and surf, paddleboard, kayak, whale watch or just relax and soak up some serious beach vibes. And if all that’s not enough, here are some choice, not to miss, Santa Barbara events in April:

Special Event

Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony, Stearns Wharf, April 2, 2022

An old image of a boat with Sterns Wharf in the background to illustrate a Santa Barbara Spring event

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Yacht Club

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of both the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and Stearns Wharf. The Santa Barbara Yacht Club would like to celebrate this milestone with an all-fleet blessing.

The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in the fishing communities of the Mediterranean. Father Larry Gosselin, along with Father Dan Lackie of the Old Mission Santa Barbara will bless both commercial and pleasure vessels.


Al Franken at the Lobero Theater

Photo Credit: The Lobero Theater

An Evening with Al Franken, The Lobero Theater, Friday, April 1, 2022

Lobero Live presents an evening with the only U.S. Senator who was also one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live, Franken won five Emmy® Awards for writing and producing during his fifteen seasons with SNL. He’s also the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers and host of The Al Franken Podcast – one of the nation’s top-ten politics and public affairs podcasts.


Seafood Bowl, Zaca Mesa Winery, April 2, 2022
How does savoring a mouthwatering seafood boil of shrimp and crawfish sound to you? Delicious, right? Well, our friends at Valley Piggery are pulling out all the stops for this one. Enjoy this tasty seafood buffet with your favorite TREAD Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Guests will be serenaded with live music from Jinneane Coderre, weaving her melodies as you bask in this wine country paradise.


Image of a Vincent Van Gogh painting to show the virtual reality showing in santa barbara

Photo Credit: MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

The Night Café, Van Gogh Virtual Reality Experience, Saturdays, MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, March 5 – May 21, 2022

The Night Cafe is an award-winning immersive virtual reality environment that allows users to explore the world of Vincent van Gogh as never before. Step into the vivid colors straight from his palette; enjoy his iconic sunflowers in three dimensions or walk around the chair he painted in his bedroom to see it from another angle. Exploring the environments of these paintings in 3D space allows users access to areas that can’t be seen in the original artwork. For instance, rooms behind doors, objects hidden from view, and people turned away from the viewer.


Easter Brunch
The best way to celebrate Easter Sunday, April 17 in Santa Barbara is by taking advantage of our rich culinary scene. The American Riviera overflows with epicurean surprises, fueled by passion and creativity inspired by the region’s abundant bounty. The publishers of Gayot, your guide to the good life, put together a list local spots to enjoy Easter brunch. And you can trust them. Since 1969, the publication has been sharing restaurant, wine and spirit, lifestyle, healthy living, and travel reviews written by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals. Keep in mind, reservations go quickly.

Another great way to celebrate Santa Barbara events in April is by creating your own event designed to take advantage of the Spring real estate market. If you plan to move in and around any of the Santa Barbara area communities, please give me a call at (805) 886-9378 or email me at for a free consultation regarding selling and buying. 

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