Throughout the year, Old Mission Santa Barbara hosts a variety of wonderful events. Below is a list of events, both regular and recurring and one time. Please read more about them and use the Contact Us page to get more information.
I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival (May 25th, 26th, & 27th)
This event is both a local and regional favorite. Bringing together artists from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences, I Madonnari showcases street painting art at its highest level. The event is sponsored by numerous local companies and supports the Children’s Creative Project, a program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office that promotes arts education to children with limited access to it and provides education employment opportunities to artists. For more information about the program, please click here.
La Fiesta Pequeña (August 1st)
"The Little Fiesta" officially opens Old Spanish Days on the steps of the church at Old Mission Santa Barbara. 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.
La Misa del Presidente (August 2nd)
El Presidente’s Mass at the Old Mission followed by a Garden Reception. Fiesta attire is encouraged. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact us at (805) 682-4713.
Santa Barbara National Public Gardens Day
On May 11, 2012, our own La Huerta Historic Gardens was a key participant in the inaugural year of the Santa Barbara National Public Gardens Day. That it was a collaborative of many similar organizations made it the first and largest of its kind in the nation. With major support from Rain Bird and the National Public Gardens Association, the event was a huge success, prompting the collaborative to create a permanent organizational body to continue the effort of spreading the word about the abundant botanic offerings in our beautiful city. With increased vistorship and, therefore, increased revenue, participating organizations plan to improve and expand their gardens and make their offerings even better. For information about Santa Barbara National Gardens Day, please visit the website.