Memorial Day is that time of the year when we pay our respects to the men and women who had put their lives out on the line to uphold our values and keep our country free. When spending Memorial Day in Santa Barbara, you’ll notice that the city has a lot prepared to honor our fallen heroes. From street art events to kayaking tours, Memorial Day in Santa Barbara is also about enjoying the outdoors once again since summer is almost here and the weather is great.
Memorial Day in Santa Barbara – iMadonnari
On Saturday morning of Memorial Day, over 400 artists set to work. The plaza of the Old Mission is their canvas, and armed with their paint, brushes, and their immense talents, they set out to convert the ground into dazzling paintings. As the three-day festival progresses, the paintings start to take shape. You can visit the plaza any time during Memorial Day and you’ll see them working hard to get their work finished before the end of the festival. Live music and concerts accompany this festival of color and art, making it a Memorial Day to remember.
Painted Cave Kayaking Tour
Channel Islands National Park has one of the largest sea caves in the world. The best way to explore it is on a kayak. The tour starts from Santa Barbara Harbor early in the morning. You’ll have breakfast onboard while watching dolphins and whales swimming idly across the channel. When you reach Santa Cruz Island it’s time to explore the caves. Make sure not to miss the painted cave. It has a waterfall at its entrance so you can’t miss it. You can also enjoy snorkeling there. Lunch is served on the boat on the way back. Reservations are required beforehand.
Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market
Farmers’ markets are a delight in and of themselves. Especially for city folk who get their fruit and veggies from the supermarket. A farmers’ market offers fresh produce that you hardly get anywhere else. The Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday and Tuesday and offers a variety of fresh flowers, vegetables, fruits, plants, and other specialty items. Every week all year round this market draws large crowds of people who prefer to have fresh food straight from the farm.