events in santa barbara, ca near hotel indigo at the state house

Wood: A New Art Making Series

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - Thursday, July 21, 2016  

The Third Thursday Studio program invites participants to explore techniques and themes of contemporary art inspired by artists in the exhibition through conversation and hands-on experimentation.


During the exhibition Beyond 2º, the Third Thursday Studio series will examine concepts of upcycling and repurposing in a variety of media.

Media: Wood
Free Event
Photo Courtesy:
 Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

"Weird Al" Yankovic

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - Tuesday, August 2, 2016  
Following his wildly successful 2015 tour, four-time Grammy-winning artist “Weird Al” Yankovic has announced the continuation of his Mandatory World Tour in 2016.  The tour will make a stop at the Arlington Theatre on August 2 at 7:30 PM. The tour follows Yankovic’s Grammy-winning Mandatory Fun, which was the first comedy album in over fifty years to hit #1 on the Billboard charts and the first comedy album in history to debut at the top spot.

Photo courtesy:
 Arlington Theatre

Carpinteria Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - Saturday, August 13, 2016  

Over 60 craft breweries, ciders, wineries, surfboard shapers, plenty of food trucks, and live entertainment by Cornerstone, Afishnsea the Moon, and DJ Hecktik! This is a beer festival you can't miss! Over 145 beers poured from over 55 breweries in 2015!

Entry includes tastings from any of the 60+ breweries, ciders, and wineries at Surf 'n' Suds. 65$ for VIP, 50$ for General Admission. Transportation: Hop on the brew bus which picks up at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. at 11am!

Photo Courtesy: Surf 'n' Suds Beer Festival

Assume Vivid Astro Focus

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - Saturday, August 13, 2016

Join the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for the opening reception of avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods
, a newly commissioned multi-sensory and site-specific installation by the vibrant New York/Berlin-based artist collective, assume vivid astro focus (avaf). Includes DJ sets by assume vivid astro focus and special guest DJ Dan Wilcox (KCRW).

Exhibition receptions are now open to members only. Not a member? Join today! Or, sign up at the door!

Avaf will produce an immersive and tactile setting that comprises a range of mixed media, including printed rugs mixed with hanging fabric, theatrical backdrops, and wall coverings.  A stimulating experience, audiences will be invited to interact with the space by laying on the ground, listening to or playing music, rearranging elements, and creating their own performances using the provided  materials and environment. This exhibition will act as a kind of survey or quasi-retrospective of images that avaf has previously utilized in their 10+ career. It will also include documentary pictures of past installations and performances, details of wallpapers, and screenshots of seminal video works. avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods uses the avaf acronym, a play on words or “combo” often utilized by the artists, to refer to our collective anxiety around natural disasters (particularly sensitive in California and Brazil at the moment). More broadly, the title is used to upend the traditionally linear historical survey exhibition, suggesting a more dynamic or vigorous framework.

Photo: assume vivid astro focus, ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces, 2014, Roller disco installationat Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Courtest the Artist. Carolina Bonfanti. Courtesy: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara 

Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights With KCRW ft. DJ Travis Holcombe

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Thursday, September 1, 2016
Enjoy the beauty of warm summer nights, art, and music with a live set from KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. Located on the beautiful Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace in the heart of Santa Barbara, Curated Cocktails: Summer Nights with KCRW, feature unique themes inspired by the current exhibitions, after hours museum access, signature cocktails, and interactive art making. Special thanks to The Goodland Hotel, The Outpost, and Telegraph Brewing.


Photo Courtesy: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - Sunday, September 11, 2016  
The 6th annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival will showcase local and regional experts on the history, benefits and preparation of fermented foods. 

The festival includes samples of 75+ artisan fermented foods from 40+ exhibitors, 4 stages featuring local and regional chefs, health and science experts, and interactive hands-on activities. This all-ages experiential one-day festival celebrates the importance of traditionally fermented foods and beverages and empowers attendees to make these foods at home.

Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival

Nihonmachi Revisited

Nihonmachi Revisited: Santa Barbara's Japanese American Community in Transition, 1900-1940

Head to the historic El Presidio de Santa Barbara site to experience not only the Spanish history of Santa Barbara, but Asian American as well. This insightful exhibition highlights our historic Nihonmachi (Japan Town) with a collection of obscure photographs and accounts of daily life from local residents and families as well as fragments of elegant, Japanese ceramics excavated on site.

The museum is open daily from 10:30am–4:30pm at 123 E. Canon Perdido Street in downtown Santa Barbara. For more info please call 805-965-0093 or visit their website.

Japanese Imari plate, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park Archaeology collection,. Photo by Anne Petersen.

First Thursday Art Walk

Whole Year

The first Thursday of every month, 5–8 p.m.

An evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating museums, galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment. 

Image Caption: Julia Barbosa Landois, Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass, 2011, Performance still. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Courtesy Walley Films. 


Beachside Art Walk

When: Every Sunday
Local artists and artisans display their work by the beach alongside Cabrillo Boulevard, just east of Stearns Wharf. 

Time: 10am- 4pm