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

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

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

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