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

MCASB Satellite - Magic Mountain

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - Sunday, January 31, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara curates the art housed in our hotel and we are pleased to have our fourth satellite exhibition, Magic Mountain, on view from March 8, 2015 - January, 31, 2016. 

This fabulous, FREE, and open to the public exhibition is a group exhibition exploring the healing and therapeutic properties of the natural world. 

Magic Mountain, titled after the classic 1924 novel by Thomas Mann, pays homage to Santa Barbara's history as a spa town that begain in 1857. The exhibition includes is a rich array of video, drawings, painting, and photography. 

Image caption: Zachary Cahill, USSADREAM, 2014, 9 X12 in., Watercolor on paper. Courtesy the Artist. 

Beachside Art Walk

Every Sunday
Local artists and artisans display their work by the beach alongside Cabrillo Blvd., just east of Stearns Whart. About 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m.

Earth Day Festival

Head up to the festival on Saturday, April 18 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, April 19 from 11am-6pm to celebrate our beautiful city and Earth! Alameda Park is a fantastic venue with sunny grass areas and shady tress. Browse the vendors in the Eco-Marketplace, munch on some local food favorites, and talk with the experts about how to Live Green! There will be live music and other performances, sports and recreation booths, a Kids Corner, Green Car Show, and bike valet!

Don't miss this #UniquelyLocal Santa Barbara celebration!

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. 


California Wine Festival

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Saturday, July 18, 2015
The California Wine Festival is back in town! Don't miss out on this Santa Barbara tradition. It all begins on Thursday, July 16th at 6:30 with Old Spanish Nights at the Casa De La Guerra Courtyard.  In the spirit of Fiesta, this night features Spanish music, flamenco dancing, and spicy appetizers. The Sunset Rare and Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday will serve extremely limited reserve level wines. The Beachwise Wine Festival will be held Saturday, July 18th, from 1-4 pm.  These will be held at Chase Palm Park Oceanside with over 200 California wines and live music. What's not to love about the California Wine Festival? For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website. 

Take the Train & Show Your Ticket for the Santa Barbara Car Free Experience

Will you be one of our guests taking the Amtrak train into Santa Barbara? Hold onto your ticket stub and beginning May 3rd enjoy kayak adventures, wine tastings, whale watching and more with Santa Barbara Car Free!

With your ticket stub you can enjoy a complimentary specialty cocktail or dessert at our adjoining restaurant, Blue Tavern!

Check out the website for more details and don't forget to hashtag #SBCarFreeExperience and #hotelindigosb on social media!

Call for Entries 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015

Each year, MCASB features the most compelling work by artists living and working on the Central Coast via its accliamed Tri-County CALL FOR ENTRIES exhibition series. 

Ryan Bulis (Santa Barbara), Cathy Ellis (Goleta), Wendy Osher (Ojai), Erk Reel (Ventura), Sommer Roman (Santa Barbara), Nick Wilkinson (Los Osos), and Seyburn Zorthian (Solvang) were selected in Fall 2014 by MCASB's curators and Artist Society members. 

The museum will also take time to shed light on creativity beyond its walls in the Santa Barbara and Tri-county community through diverse collaborations with local trendsetters and tastemakers. 

Image: Nick Wilkinson, Sleeper Car, 2014, Acrylic, Colored Pencil and Spray Texture on Birch Panel, 24 X 30 in., Countesy the Artist

Bloom Projects: Conrad Ruiz, Knuckles and Bubbles

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015

Conrad Ruiz delves into the concept of machismo in his large-scale paintings and new explorations in sculpture. Ruiz's references to history painting converge with pop culture imagery-drawn from the entertainment industry of Los Angeles where he currently lives - and interwoven with aspects of his personal experience growing up as a teenager in nearby Hacienda Heights. 

The MCASB exhibition will feauture a selection of new and recent paintings from Ruiz's Juice series - vibrant sprays and splashes of color drinks - along with a painting and sculpture from the artits's Abscapes series. 

Image: Conrad Ruiz, Tripical Thunder, 2014, Oil on canvas, 60 X 48 in., Countesy the Artist.