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Walking Wednesdays

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Walking Wednesdays is a series of free, local walking tours around Santa Barbara during the Spring and Summer months.  COAST organizes these walks to promote safe, fun and educational walking in Santa Barbara, as part of our Santa Barbara Walks initiative. Each Walking Wednesday explores a different area and theme.

Walking Wednesdays are on the fourth Wednesday of every month from March thru September, starting at 5:30 PM.  Locations vary, and walks last about an hour and a half, until around 7:00 PM. Docents in 2016 included architects Anthony Grumbine, Jeff Shelton, Dennis Allen and Alex Pujo, former S.B. City Planning Director Dave Davis, Riviera expert Karen Feeney and landscape architect Robert Adams.

We thank our docents and sponsors for enabling us to continue our popular Walking Wednesdays program for our seventh year in 2017!  For more information contact Joanna Kaufman, Program Director (

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Here’s our 2017 season planned so far!

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All walks start promptly at 5:30 and end around 7.

.May 24th – Valerio Street Victorians & More!

Learn from Betsy Green, area historian and author of “Discovering the History of Your House and Your Neighborhood.”  There’s a wonderful assortment of historic Victorian houses along Valerio Street, and some other more recent styles, as well.  And how many Santa Barbarans know there’s still a wooden bridge in our city?  Explore West Valerio Street from State Street to the wooden bridge and back.  Walk starts in front of the IHOP at the corner of Valerio and State.

June 28th – Hidden Treasures of the Riviera with Karen Feeney

Join us on Wednesday, June 28th as we explore the hidden treasures of the Riviera.  Leading our walk is Santa Barbara resident and Business Development Manager at Allen Construction, Karen Feeney. She will show us some of the unique spaces, historical elements, and hidden pathways that have been part of the Riviera since the early 1900’s. Wear sturdy shoes and be ready to climb. Meeting place: park in the lower parking lot at the Riviera Theatre and meet at the bottom of the stairs to the Riviera office complex (2030 Alameda Padre Serra) at 5:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

July 26th – TBA

August 23rd – The Funk Zone and Art Studio Tour with area artist Marcello.

September 28th – TBA


Check our Facebook page or here monthly for updates, and contact us at if you have a suggestion for a walk or would like to lead one.