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

Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - Saturday, July 4, 2015 Celebrate Independence Day in Santa Barbara! Head to the Waterfront on Cabrillo Blvd and West Beach for food, activities, and music from 3-9pm.

The Fireworks start at 9pm and will be shot off from the sand on West Beach between the harbor and Cabrillo Blvd. Grab your spot on the sand early or step out on the sidewalk in front of the hotel to catch the spectacular show!

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. 

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

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.

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!

Teen Paranormal Romance at MCASB

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - Sunday, July 12, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents the West Coast premiere of Teen Paranormal Romance, organized by Hamza Walker. The exhibition explores the recent popularity of the “Teen Paranormal Romance” literary genre, characterized by romantic love with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Within this framework, artists Kathryn Andrews, Ed Atkins, Chris Bradley, Roe Ethridge, Jill Frank, Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Guyton\Walker, Anna K.E., and Jack Lavender allude to contemporary notions of escapism, dystopia, and angst.

Stop by their Paseo Nuevo location and check it out!


Image: Tom Van Eynde. Courtesy of The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.

Shades of Blue: MCASB Summer Member Party

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - Saturday, July 18, 2015 Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara keeps it cool with "Shades of Blue," the ultimate summer soirée. The party is dedicated to all things blue, inspired by the mural from LA-based artist Yunhee Min, Mountains and Sea, part of the exhibition "Magic Mountain." Join us at 5pm for an artist talk by Yunhee Min as a prelude to the evening.

Enjoy signature sea-blue drinks, nosh nibbles, and sway the night away to DJ Darla Bea spinning the blues.

¡Viva La Fiesta!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - Sunday, August 9, 2015
 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Celebración de los Dignatarios; 5:00pm–10:00pm Enjoy delicious appetizers and delectable wines, tequillas, and beers while you take pleasure in the zoo’s lush gardens and majestic views. An opportunity to meet local dignitaries and say hello to a few of the zoo animals. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes! Held at the Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

 Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); 8:00am Fiesta Tri-County Stock Horse show brings in riders from the tri-counties to compete in the Alisal Ranch Horse Class, Fiesta Ranch Horse Class, Old Timers Team Roping and Steer Stopping. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Challenger Tour; 7:45pm The toughest sport on earth returns with the nation’s top riders competing in this fast growing sport. The action is so close, you’ll feel the sweat and dirt! This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); 7:00am & noon Junior Tri-Counties riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Flor y Canto; 7:00pm Here is a rare opportunity to see the original Spanish California dances & songs of the 19th century. Interwoven with historic narration, the musical numbers are accompanied on replica acoustic instruments. These unique songs & dances are performed by local residents in authentic costumes much as they would have been 150 years ago. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show. Held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This event is free

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo ; 7:30pm Riders compete in Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’ and Saddle Bronco Riding, plus PRCA Team Roping, Barrel-Racing and Bull Riding. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); 7:00am & 12:00noon Junior Tri-Counties riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Tardes de Ronda; 1:00pm–5:00pm Children's Variety Show - with colorful costumes, children from the Santa Barbara area demonstrate their talents & multi-cultural heritage. Held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This event is free.

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo ; 7:30pm Riders compete in Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’ and Saddle Bronco Riding, plus PRCA Team Roping, Barrel-Racing and Bull Riding. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. 

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); 7:00am & noon Junior Tri-Counties riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
 

West Coast Symphony 45th Annual Free Fiesta Concert; 3:30pm Bring the family, snacks, and lawn chairs for an afternoon of beautiful music conducted by Christopher Story VI. Held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This event is free.

 

Recurring Events

Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours; 11:00am-4:00pm Come explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. For more information and pricing please contact the Santa Barbara Mission at (805) 682-4713.

Courthouse Fiesta Tours; 10:00am–3:00pm Guided tours (every half hour between 10am and 3pm) of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. 

 


Then They Form Us at MCASB

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - Sunday, October 25, 2015
As computers increasingly co-opt the human body during an age of ultra-connectivity, the artists in this exhibition explore the precarious status of the self during its pixelated or roboticized evolution. Their works question the ways in which identities are altered with immersion into the digital realm. They navigate the territory of online culture, where personal data, expressions, behavior, and emotions are stored and processed in often unseen or recondite behind-the-screen operations. Some of these are within our control, while others are beyond it.


Featuring Artists: Xavier Cha (b. 1980, Los Angeles, CA); Constant Dullaart (b. 1979, Leiderdorp, NL); Cecile B. Evans (b. 1983, Cleveland, OH); Devin Kenny (b. 1987, Chicago, IL); Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983, Istanbul, TR); and Julien Previeux (1974, Grenoble, FR).

Exhibition on display at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara on the Upper Arts Terrace in Paseo Nuevo.

Image: Cécile B. Evans, Hyperlinks or it didn't happen, 2014, HD video, 22 minutes. Courtesy the Artist and Seventeen Gallery, London.

Bloom Projects: Border Control at MCASB

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - Sunday, October 25, 2015
Yara El-Sherbini (b. 1978, London, UK; lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA) is an artist who uses humor and play to address structures of power that inform our everyday existence. From building a mini-golf course hole that represents contested territories under occupation to publicly broadcasting on a PA system questions such as “Does anybody know how to believe in government?”, her accessible works engage viewers with complex social and political issues. El-Sherbini is interested in using these recognizable formats, which also include bar quizzes or word searches, to explore the often invisible systems and processes of knowledge production that influence culture. For her Bloom Project exhibition at MCASB, the artist will present a new interactive sculpture.

Image:
Yara El-Sherbini, Putting a Hole in the Wall, 2015, Astroturf, concrete, metal, 6 x 2 x 1.2 M, Commissioned by EM15. Photo: Thierry Ball

Visit Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara on the Upper Arts Terrace in Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center.