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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.

March 22nd – Fess, Funk and Fun!

Join COAST and Dave Davis (former CEC Executive Director and City of SB Planning Director) for a casual stroll along the City’s Waterfront starting at the Railroad Depot (209 State St.) with Dave’s take on the planning history and backstories of sites along the way including: La Entrada Project; Skaters’ Point; The Fess Parker Hotel; Chase-Palm Park; and the Funk Zone.

We will end this walk at Figueroa Mountain Brewery as COAST was chosen to be the beneficiary of their charity tap handles program for March.  This event will kick off our season with a fundraiser for COAST after the walk by inviting everyone to join us at Figueroa Mountain.

April 26th – A Tour of Old Town Goleta!

Did you know that Old Town Goleta has a Heritage District that is governed by its own design guidelines, separate and distinct from the rest of the City of Goleta?  Our April walking tour with local historian Fermina Murray uncovers Old Town’s fascinating array of architectural styles, which belie its seemingly modest appearance, and share stories of community heroes whose legacy continues to define the architecture and historic character of the Goleta Heritage District.  This tour offers an overview of Goleta’s history, with emphasis on the Chumash and local families who settled and developed the corridor of Hollister Avenue now known as “Old Town Goleta.” 

Fermina Murray, has an impressive professional and volunteer background as a local historian.  She is currently on the Goleta Design Review Board, a Commissioner with the City of Santa Barbara’s Historic Landmarks Commission, and a co-founder of the Old Town Goleta Culture Project.  She is a registered historian with the State of California, County of Santa Barbara, and Cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, she has maintained a home-based historical consulting business since 1995. She specializes in neighborhood histories of Goleta and Santa Barbara.  We will meet in front of the Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave. 

.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.

June 28th – More Riviera Gems! with Karen Feeney.

July 26th – TBA with architect Cass Ensberg.

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.