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Santa Barbara's 236th Birthday & Founding Day Festival

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

Archaeology
Colonial Pottery
Early California Dance
Presidio School Room
Adobe Architecture
Chumash Storytelling
Spinning Wool
Colonial Laundry
Indigenous vs. Introduced Plants
Presidio Cocina (Early California Foods)
Colonial Clothing
Blacksmith
Docent Tour
Presidio Descendants

sbthp.org

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Santa Barbara's 236th Birthday & Founding Day Festival
April 27, 2019
May Butterfly Scavenger Hunt

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:

  • Find the five butterflies painted on rocks at the Spanish Garden Inn
  • Take a picture of each and post to your Instagram story
  • Tag @SpanishGardenInn and #SGIMariposa on each photo in your Instagram story
on-property event
May Butterfly Scavenger Hunt
May 1 - 31, 2019
Butterfly Release Ceremony

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:

BOOK NOW


on-property event
Butterfly Release Ceremony
May 18, 2019
5:30 pm
I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival

Old Mission Santa Barbara | 2201 Laguna Street

The first of its kind on the west coast, this romantic festival mimics the Grazie di Curtatone, Italy festival where street painters transform the Mission plaza with large scale images using pastels on pavement. Festival hours are 10 to 6 daily and admission is free.

I Madonnari Festival

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I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival
May 25 - 27, 2019
Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History | 500 E. Montecito Street

Enjoy Central Coast’s wine and food along the banks of Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Winemakers, bakers, chefs, and artists will all be there to help you enjoy your time in Santa Barbara.

Wine Festival

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Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival
June 29, 2019
Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara - Fiesta

Old Spanish Days Fiesta is a beloved Santa Barbara tradition that has continued for nearly 90 years. The annual event provides education to residents and visitors on the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara. Old Spanish Days Fiesta also helps raise funds for local charities and social service organizations.

Upcoming events include:
Spirit of Fiesta Auditions - April 13, 2019
La Primavera - May 25, 2019
Fiesta Ranchera - June 20, 2019
Fiesta Costume Sale - July 13, 2019
Recepción del Presidente - July 28, 2019
La Fiesta Pequeña - July 31, 2019
Mercado de la Guerra and Mercado del Norte - July 31 - August 3, 2019
La Misa del Presidente - August 1, 2019
Digs (Celebración de los Dignatarios) - August 1, 2019
Noches de Ronda - August 1 - August 3, 2019
El Desfile Histórico (Parade) - August 2, 2019
Flor y Canto - August 2, 2019
Tardes de Ronda - August 3, 2019
Children's Parade - August 3, 2019

Old Spanish Days

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Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara - Fiesta
July 31, 2019 - August 04, 2019
Santa Barbara Taste of the Town

Riviera Park |  2030 Alameda Padre Serra

Support the Arthritis Foundation and the arthritis community by enjoying an afternoon of Santa Barbara’s finest wines, beers, and food.

Taste of the Town

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Santa Barbara Taste of the Town
September 08, 2019
Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival

132 Harbor Way

Kick off lobster season by meeting local fisherman and enjoying an abundance of lobster, crab, prawns, BBQ albacore, clam chowder, fish tacts, seafood gumbo and more! Stroll through various vendor booths of jewelry, clothing, art, photography and various hand crafted pieces. Live entertainment and fun sea inspired exhibits also await you at this signature Autumn event.

Harbor Festival

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Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival
October 12, 2019
Veterans Day Parade

State Street

Stand in recognition and commemoration of the fallen and those who risk their lives each and every day for our freedom.

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Veterans Day Parade
November 07, 2019
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Apr
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April 27, 2019
local event
Santa Barbara's 236th Birthday & Founding Day Festival

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

Archaeology
Colonial Pottery
Early California Dance
Presidio School Room
Adobe Architecture
Chumash Storytelling
Spinning Wool
Colonial Laundry
Indigenous vs. Introduced Plants
Presidio Cocina (Early California Foods)
Colonial Clothing
Blacksmith
Docent Tour
Presidio Descendants

sbthp.org

May
01
Wednesday
May 1 - 31, 2019
on-property event
May Butterfly Scavenger Hunt

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:

  • Find the five butterflies painted on rocks at the Spanish Garden Inn
  • Take a picture of each and post to your Instagram story
  • Tag @SpanishGardenInn and #SGIMariposa on each photo in your Instagram story
May
18
Saturday
May 18, 2019
5:30 pm
on-property event
Butterfly Release Ceremony

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:

BOOK NOW