El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
Celebrate 236 years of history at the birthplace of Santa Barbara, El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. During Santa Barbara’s Founding Day Festival, featuring Presidio Neighborhood businesses and local entertainment, enjoy a reenactment of the original Founding Ceremony held in 1782 and other family activities across the Presidio grounds.
Noon - Founding Ceremony Reenactment
1:00 – Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara
1:30 – Momentum Dance Company of Santa Barbara
2:00 - Mariachi Las Olas de Santa Barbara (Round 2)
2:30 – Naked Voices (UCSB’s Acappella Group)
3:00 – Tom & Michael Cantillon (of Beta Play)
3:30 – Chris Fossek
Early California Dance
Presidio School Room
Indigenous vs. Introduced Plants
Presidio Cocina (Early California Foods)
During the month of May, the Spanish Garden Inn invites you to join us in the spirit of our Butterfly Release Ceremony by participating in our hotel wide Butterfly Scavenger Hunt.
All around the Spanish Garden Inn, we've hidden painted butterflies for our guests and visitors alike to search for.
Win a complimentary bottle of Rancho Sisquoc Pinot Noir or Chardonnay when you complete the following:
As Spring approaches, help us celebrate the changing of seasons at the Spanish Garden Inn with a ceremonial butterfly release. We will release Painted Lady Butterflies in our serene courtyard to the sounds of live acoustic music.
Local wineries of the Presidio Neighborhood will join us in the celebration by providing complimentary tastings to our guests and event attendees.
Book our La Mariposa package to commemorate the experience here: