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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 until around 7:00 PM. Docents in 2017 included former S.B. City Planning Director Dave Davis, architect Jeff Shelton, Goleta Historian Fermina Murray, Riviera expert Karen Feeney, Sansum Nutritionist Gerri French, SB Arts Fund Director Marcello Ricci and SB Trust for Historic Preservation Executive Director Anne Peterson.

We thank all our docents and our generous sponsors for enabling us to continue our popular Walking Wednesdays program for our seventh year in 2018:

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2018 Walking Wednesdays Schedule

March 28 – “Solving State Street’s Problems with Ideas from the Past” with Anthony Grumbine, Architect and Historic Landmarks Commissioner

Image result for santa barbara state street historyOur Walking Wednesdays season is kicked off by an examination of State Street’s past to find answers to the issues facing us today.  Join architect and Historic Landmarks Commissioner Anthony Grumbine to compare today’s State Street and the surrounding blocks, to what it looked like over the City’s history and how it developed to its current status.  Previous iterations of State Street included elements of urbanism such as multistory buildings, increased density, and even a streetcar.  Participants will consider the following question:  What inspirations from Santa Barbara’s historic roots can be used to create a more vibrant, safe, and economically healthy State Street?

Our walk starts at the entrance of El Paseo on State Street (near 812 State Street, Bryant & Sons Jewelers).


April 25 – Gerri French, Sansum Clinic

May 23 – Dennis Allen, Allen Construction

June 27 -Autumn Brook

July 25 – To Be Announced…

August 22 – To Be Announced…

September 26 – Dave Davis

For more information contact Joanna Kaufman, our Program Director at

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