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

i Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival Santa Barbara

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - Thursday, May 29, 2014
For this special event, madonnari, or street painters, adorn Mission plaza using pastels on the pavement in front to design 150 beautiful and vibrate pictures. With a sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy, Santa Barbara is the first to adopt this romanti festival in the western hemisphere. The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. The Project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. 
Festival hours are 10-6 daily. Admission is free.

This year, we are sponsoring a square done by artist Christopher Ulivo!

Amgen Tour of California

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Mark your calendars for May 17th, as the The Amgen Tour of California speeds through Santa Barbara in Stage 4 of the 99.1 mile California cycling spectacular! Grab your hat and sunglasses, and cheer on the teams of pros, consisting of World Champions, Olympians and Tour de France contenders, as these world class cyclists power and pedal past the crowds in one of the nation's largest and most loved sporting events of the year! Santa Barbara is proud to be a participating city with Amgen once again, and we encourage locals and visitors alike to join the excitement May 17th.

1st Thursday: Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Thursday, February 2, 2017

1st Thursday:

Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight

Thursday February 2, 2017


Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Presidio by candlelight and travel back in time to over two centuries ago. Discuss colonial California with the Presidio officers, experience a cooking demonstration in la cocina, enjoy stories by an open fire, and join in the music and dance of early California. Wine and hot chocolate will be served.


SBTHP thanks Los Soldados del Real Presidio de Santa Bárbara, Luis Moreno and friends, Baile de California, and the many volunteers who bring the Presidio to life for this special evening.


Begins at the Presidio Chapel

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara



For more information: 805-965-0093

MOXI Museum Opening

Hotel Indigo is excited to welcome it's new neighbor, MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation! The opening is on schedule for later this much, and we are looking forward to it.

The highly interactive exhibits that you will explore and play with at MOXI were designed in partnership with the award-winning Gyroscope, Inc. and created by Creative Machines, Roto and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Leave your expectations about exhibits at the door and get ready to discover, play and engage in a new way at MOXI. Our three floors are filled with loads of interactive experiences, organized around seven themes that all relate to science, technology, engineering, arts and math. A day spent at MOXI will be different each time you visit - with new things to see, new approaches to take, new challenges to solve and new discoveries to uncover. Learn more about them at

Our mission is to ignite learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity. As Santa Barbara’s newest hands-on destination for families and curious minds of all ages, MOXI is a place where you can explore and discover new things about the world around you, ask questions, seek answers and have a blast doing so.

The MOXI you will soon be able to visit started as a dream more than 20 years ago. A group of dedicated and dynamic community volunteers came together with the desire to create a world-class museum in their own backyard that would provide opportunities for learning outside the traditional classroom and a new way to engage area families. After a few starts and stops, in 2013, the City of Santa Barbara made it possible for us to create this place on a plot of unused land on lower State Street. We are now in a 50-year lease agreement with the City, ensuring our science museum will have a perfectly positioned home for many years to come.  Our Barry Berkus-designed building also has the distinction of being the first LEED certified museum in Santa Barbara County.

Our Opening Day in early 2017 will be the culmination of years of work by a determined and tireless group of community volunteers, supported by countless individuals, businesses and foundations from the Santa Barbara region and beyond. It will, however, be just the beginning of something far greater – delivering on our promise of igniting learning for all through our exhibits, programs, community outreach and more.
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Funk Zone Art Walk

Friday, February 3, 2017 - Friday, February 3, 2017

Please join us on Friday, February 3rd from 5-8PM for the Funk Zone Art Walk.

The Funk Zone Art Walk is a bi-monthly event initiated to highlight the neighborhood’s vibrant artistic community. On February 3rd, one dozen artist studios, galleries, and art-centric venues open their doors to the public from 5-8pm, making it the ideal opportunity to casually experience the Funk Zone’s art scene. At any given venue, visitors can expect events such as exhibition openings, artist receptions, open studios, insightful art lectures or demonstrations, pop-up artist booths, beer and wine tastings, and various other interactive activities.

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