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


Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Saturday, January 21, 2017  Santa Barbara, one of America’s most beautiful cities and the capital of Southern California’s wine country, will become the epicenter of the California wine world on Saturday, January 21, 2017. That’s when one of the largest gatherings of the California’s ultra-elite winemaking masters will assemble for the 6th annual “Winter Wine Classic” presented at the luxurious The Fess Parker Resort.

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Guided Hikes

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Saturday, January 21, 2017 Explore Natural Wonders of

the Gaviota Coast


Come Visit Arroyo Hondo


Join knowledgeable docents for a guided tour of our beautiful preserve. Learn about chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, stream-side, and grassland habitats. Walk in the shade of giant sycamores, live oaks, and bays as you learn about local fauna, flora, and history.


If you prefer, you may hike on your own, without a docent guide. Be sure to wear strong shoes and bring a hat, water, and sunscreen.


Arroyo Hondo has surprises at all times of year: spring wildflowers, cool shade in summer, trees with lovely colors in autumn … and we even have some flowers in winter.


Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy at a table near the creek after your tour.


Tours are free, but we do appreciate donations to help with upkeep of the preserve.


RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call 567-1115 or E-mail


Met: Live in HD - 'Roméo et Juliette'

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - Sunday, January 22, 2017 The New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala.

Disney Fantasia Live in Concert

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Sunday, January 29, 2017 Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation with a live orchestra concert accompanying scenes from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia (1940) and from Fantasia 2000, highlighting a selection of both films’ magnificent repertoire. Iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, including Mickey Mouse in Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, will be shown in high definition on the big screen.

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. (c) All rights reserved.

David Lockington, Guest Conductor

  • LockingtonCeremonial Fantasy Fanfare
  • HindemithSymphonic Metamorphosis
  • Film: Scenes from Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940) and Fantasia 2000 with live orchestra accompaniment
Evening: Saturday, January 28, 2017; 8 PM
Matinee: Sunday, January 29, 2017; 3 PM

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