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

Curated Cocktails: Assume Vivid Astro Focus

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Thursday, October 6, 2016
Head to the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for happy hour!
 There will be signature cocktails, hands-on art activities, special DJ sets, and free admission to the current exhibitions assume vivid astro focus: avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods and Bloog Projects: Khvay Samnang, Footprings of Yantra Man.

 assume vivid astro focus, Medusa, 2014. Krink on paint. Courtesy of the artist.


Temporary/Contemporary Performance by Weslie Ching

Friday, October 7, 2016 - Friday, October 7, 2016  
Featured as part of Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s exhibition Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations at MCASB Satellite @ Hotel Indigo, is a site-specific dance work by Santa Barbara-based artist, Weslie Ching. The piece unfolds in various areas of the hotel—a setting, similar to that of a train station, airport, office building, and museum,  in which people who have no relationship to each other, other than their temporary location, are together. Ching’s performance explores the sense of anonymity, rootlessness, restlessness, time dilation or contraction, and identity shifting an individual can experience in transitional environments. 
 6-6:30 pm

Photo: Weslie Ching, You, or Someone Like You, Performance, Courtesy the Artist. Photo: Arna Bajraktarevic 

Asian American Neighborhood Festival

Friday, October 9, 2015 - Friday, October 9, 2015

Join the neighborhood fun as the Santa Barbara Trust for Historical Preservation honors the Asian American history of Santa Barbara from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

Celebrate with performances by poet Keith Mar; local music phenom Jason Paras; dancers from
Sino West and the Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe, a break dancing performance by UCSBreakin', and a performance by UCSB's official K-Pop Dance Team, SS805; as well as demonstrations including taiko drumming, Japanese folk dancing, calligraphy, origami, hula dancing, and more. Admission is free!

Image: Asian American Neighborhood Festival 2014 by Clint Weisman Studio, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Santa Barbara Beer Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Saturday, October 15, 2016
Once again, the Santa Barbara Beer Festival is gearing up for a great afternoon of sampling the best brews on the West Coast. This time, it's going to be bigger and better than ever.

Join the party from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016, for some phenomenal brews, food, and tunes.

Your ticket gets you a tasting glass and the opportunity to cruise the grounds of beautiful Elings Park for an afternoon of brew sampling. Your ticket purchase also helps support two local Santa Barbara nonprofits, so you can feel good about every sip!

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7th Annual Santa Barbara Chowder Fest

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Santa Barbara Chowder Fest will bring together some of the area's best eateries to compete for the overall title of Santa Barbara Chowder Champion, and for the first time this year, there will also be a chili competition. 

Competitors will prepare and serve fresh, delicious chowders or chilis of all varieties that will be judged by a panel of experts and local personalities. Event guests will have fun tasting each competing dish as well as other foods, wines, beers, and spirits -- and even vote for their favorite chowder and chili to win the People's Choice Award! The event will include offerings from Santa Barbara's finest restaurants, wineries and breweries for guests to enjoy as they listen and groove to the live tunes of local favorites, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan.

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 Santa Barbara Chowder Fest

Buckles 'n' Brews Invitational

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Saturday, October 29, 2016
The Buckles 'n' Brews Invitational will take place Saturday, October 29th at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbaara, aka the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum, located at Pershing Park on Castillo Street. 

They have selected 25 of the top breweries to join the party for a day of craft beer sampling, country music, DJs, food, and fun! The event is from 12-4:30pm and each brewery will be bringing 2-3 beers that include something new/rare, and Invitational worthy beers that you dont get to sample everyday! 

Tickets are 55$ and include a souvenir tulip glass and samples from any of the breweries on site.

 Courtesy of NightOut Santa Barbara

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