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!

¡Viva La Fiesta! La Fiesta Pequeña; 8 pm

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Wednesday, July 30, 2014


"The Little Fiesta" officially opens Old Spanish Days on the steps of Santa Barbara's historic Old Mission. This event features Fiesta's traditional songs and dances: tunes of the Californios, Flamenco, Spanish classical and Mexican folklórico dances. Food is available for purchase from local vendors. This event is held at the Old Mission Santa Barbara located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This event is free.  Catch MTD's line 22 and ride to the show. MTD Stop: Old Mission.

¡Viva La Fiesta! El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade); noon

Friday, August 1, 2014 - Friday, August 1, 2014

The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States and this year marks the 90th anniversary. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach, to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street. Viewing the Parade is free but there are shaded Reserved Seats available for purchase. Visit Fiesta Ticket Information to purchase Reserved Seats. 

¡Viva La Fiesta! El Mercado de la Guerra; 11:00am–11:00pm

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (across from City Hall) to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening. Mercado de la Guerra is located in De La Guerra Plaza, on the first block of East De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This event is free.

Catch MTD's lines 2, 6, 11, 14, 22. MTD stop Anacapa & Carrillo. Also MTD lines 20, 21x & the Crosstown Shuttle. MTD Stop Anacapa and De la Guerra. Also the Downtown Waterfront Electric Shuttle stops at State and De la Guerra. & the Crosstown Shuttle. MTD Stop: State and De la Guerra.

¡Viva La Fiesta! Casa Cantina; noon –midnight

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Sunday, August 3, 2014
Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 12th annual Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta!

Held at Casa de la Guerra, 15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Entrance fee required, free admission for SBTHP members. For more information please call (805) 965-0093.

¡Viva La Fiesta! El Mercado Del Norte; 11:00am–11:00pm

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Sunday, August 3, 2014

Come for the fun and the food, stay for the music and dancing. Check out our four distinct "neighborhoods" for all the family: the food court where you can watch daily entertainment and enjoy Fiesta foods; the Fiesta Bazaar for souvenirs; Fiesta Carnival with rides and attractions for the kids, and the Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer margaritas and live entertainment in the evening to get you out on the dance floor.

Mercado Del Norte is located in Mackenzie Park at the corner of State Street and Las Positas Street in the San Roque area. This event is free. Catch MTD's lines 3, and 11. MTD Stop: State and Las Positas.

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.