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

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!

MCASB Satellite - The Vastness is Bearable

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara curates the art housed in our hotel and we are pleased to have our third Satellite exhibition The Vastness is Bearable on view from January 26 - December 7, 2014. 

This fabulous, FREE and open to the public exhibition features artists who contemplate the vastness of the cosmos and contact between humanity and a more technologically advanced, extraterrestrial life form. 

Photo credit: Courtesy the Artist; Russell Crotty, Milky Way Over Ponderosas, 2001.

MCA Santa Barbara presents Marinella Senatore: Building Communities

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - Sunday, August 17, 2014 The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara will host a retrospective exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Marinella Senatore. Building Communities is a thoughtful selection of Senatore's operatic work, often taking the form of collaborative films that assert the audience as a key protagonist. "Her process rethinks the possibilities of art as a potent agent of exchange and cultural growth," says the Chief Curator of Castello di Rivoli, Italy's foremost museum of contemporary art. 

Building Communities will be available from May 11 - August 17, 2014 at MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, Upstairs on the Art Terrace. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 6-8pm. 

Photo: Marinella Senatore, ROSAS - OPERA IN 3 ACTS, 2012, HD video on Blu-Ray, Courtesy the Artist and Peres Projects, Berlin

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. 

Our museum partner, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara offers a First Thursday contemporary performance each month at their main space located in the Paseo Nuevo Mall on the Upper Arts Terrace. April 3rd will be Julia Barbosa Landois & Erik Sanden performing Live Ballast.  Check it out.  Free admission.  Come early and enjoy their pre-performance Happy Hour. Happy Hour begins at 5pm and the show at 7. 

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