Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Fiesta Ranchera Thursday, June 17th and Saturday June 19th, in Goleta


Come Celebrate Fiesta Ranchera On the Go
THIS Thursday and Saturday

Attention Goleta Community Members, now is your chance to celebrate Fiesta THIS week!  Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society are holding the first ever Fiesta Ranchera On the Go, full of dancing and fun, this Thursday, June 17th and Saturday, June 19th.

Look for Live Fiesta entertainment including performances by the 2021 Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta! Here is the schedule:

  • Thursday, June 17 - Calle Real Center: 7:00 p.m.at Los Arroyos Restaurant and 7:30 p.m. Nugget Bar & Grill
  • Saturday, June 19 - Camino Real Marketplace:5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Go to goletahistory.org for more details.

Tomorrow, June 15, the Goleta City Council is declaring June 17, 2021, as “Fiesta Ranchera Day” in the City of Goleta. Fiesta was first celebrated at Stow House in 1968!  Since the traditional celebratory Fiesta Ranchera event isn't happening this year, Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society are putting on the 2021 Fiesta Ranchera On the Go as a way to give back to the community. Read the proclamation here: https://tinyurl.com/2w6usyhm.

We hope you can make it to one of the Fiesta Ranchera On the Go events! Viva La Fiesta!

Carriage Museum Press Conference_Fiesta

Fiesta On-the-Go entertainment to include performances from the 2021 Spirit of Fiesta Ysabella Yturralde and Junior Spirit Savannah Hoover shown here at a recent press conference at the Carriage Museum.  Photo courtesy of Fritz Olenberger

Fiesta on the Go Flyer

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara back onstage

 Music Academy of the West

1070 Fairview Road, Montecito 

The Montecito Academy will present its first concert with performers and audience together since the start of the pandemic.  The outdoor concert, which will celebrate the accomplishments of academy alumni and faculty artists,  is scheduled for July 10 at the Miraflora campus. 
for more information, call 805-695-7929.
to purchase tickets, go to:  musicacademy.org/return-to-miraflores
(information from the SBNewspress and Music Academy website)

Monday, May 24, 2021

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration 2021


2021's Summer Solstice Celebration will be a myriad of different festivities. The community can enjoy "Blooming Gardens" of pop-up art installations that the Solstice Artists and the entire community will be creating on the exterior of homes, local businesses, and notable sites to bloom all over town! We will also have an amazing inflatable garden, with works from the iconic, long time Solstice Artist, Pali X-Mano in the plans as well! All of which you can visit at your leisure in June.

We are working very closely with Santa Barbara County Public Health and Safety to ensure we comply with all of the recommended guidelines with respect to current and projected COVID-19 restrictions. Although sadly, we can't have the regular parade or festival this year, we have been given the green light to expand our event in other ways.
In collaboration with TVSB, we will be producing an hour-long segment, Summer Solstice Celebration Virtual State Street Parade, to be filmed at the Community Arts Workshop and broadcast on cable TV around June 27th.

In addition, we will again be producing a locally crafted virtual parade. The Summer Solstice Celebration Virtual Community Parade will be released on the Solstice YouTube Channel on June 27th. It will include the Virtual State Street parade as well as all community video and photo submissions.

Also keep an eye out for other pop-up activities as well that will be happening come June!

Butterflies Alive makes its annual return to the Natural History Museum of Santa Barbara, May 29 through September 6.


Source: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is thrilled to announce the opening of its beloved summer exhibit Butterflies Alive! on Saturday, May 29 in the Sprague Butterfly Pavilion. Featuring 1,000 live butterflies, the exhibit will be open through Monday, September 6. The Museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits are open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and reservations are required for admission at sbnature.org/tickets.

One of the Museum’s most popular exhibits, Butterflies Alive! features a dazzling variety of butterflies, from local favorites like the Monarch to exotic varieties like swallowtails, longwings, Gulf Fritillaries, and Malachites. Various butterfly species cycle through the pavilion throughout the summer, so no two visits are the same.

Beautiful flowers and foliage provide butterflies with plenty of nectar and roosting space. In this tranquil garden atmosphere, guests can discuss butterfly behavior and biology with trained volunteer interpreters. If the record number of people interested in joining the Butterflies Alive! volunteer team is anything to go by, the pavilion is going to be a particularly popular place this summer.

Last year, the Museum’s indoor exhibits were closed during Butterflies Alive! but this year, with indoor exhibits open concurrently, guests can see pavilion-bound butterflies emerge from their chrysalides in the Santa Barbara Gallery’s emergence chamber. Those interested in more behind-the-scenes peeks can check out the video series that followed last year’s butterflies from pupae to pavilion. The full series hosted by Butterfly Pavilion Senior Manager Kim Zsembik is available at sbnature.org/magic-window and features—in addition to close-up views of every stage of the butterfly life cycle—guest appearances by the Museum’s entomologist and a Q&A with Zsembik about what it’s like to work with butterflies.

“We are excited to invite Members and guests back to our Butterfly Pavilion this summer. After so much positive feedback last year, we’ve kept our socially distant pavilion similar to 2020, allowing families and guests to peacefully explore the pavilion in nine butterfly zones. Guest favorites like Malachite and Swallowtail butterflies are not to be missed,” shared Zsembik.

The Museum currently requires online reservations to limit the number of guests on campus at one time. Although face mask guidelines are quickly changing, face masks are currently required for anyone three years or older and must cover your nose and mouth at all times while on Museum property indoors and outdoors.

Those interested in helping the butterflies have a wonderful stay at the Museum this summer are invited to sponsor a butterfly. Opportunities range from $50 to $10,000 and sponsorship includes recognition on the exhibit’s Wall of Wings.

To learn more visit sbnature.org/butterflies-alive.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Santa Barbara History Museum is OPEN again.

Our hours:
Wednesdays, Noon to 5pm
Thursdays, Noon to 7pm
Fridays, Noon to 5pm
Saturdays, Noon to 5pm

The Gledhill Library will reopen for research appointments on May 6th.  You can explore the archive and find out more HERE.

Our virtual lecture series continues tomorrow with a talk about the Santa Barbara Courthouse by David DeSelm.  See below for more information and to register.

Thank you for your support and welcome back!
Dacia Harwood
Deputy Director

PS:  Make a much-needed donation HERE.
Virtual Lecture Series
History Happy Hour at Home

Our One-of-a-kind Courthouse
By David DeSelm

Wednesday, April 21 and 28
5:00 pm

 Grab a glass of wine and join us from your living room as urban design architect and historic preservation advocate David DeSelm shares the fascinating history of our Courthouse from design to National landmark distinction:

In part one, learn how losing an architectural design contest was one of the best things to happen to Santa Barbara and what inspired community leaders to decide that the Courthouse should be designed in the architectural style of southern Spain.

In part two, we'll look at key events and people who shaped the Spanish image of Santa Barbara, the unique and quirky design elements that make the Courthouse so special and the creativity of two architects whose talents produced such an extraordinary building.
all information and photos from the History Museum Newsletter.
 History Happy Hour at Home is a series of free talks hosted by the Museum.

For a full schedule of talks click here.

To view past talks click here.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara


Join us this Saturday morning as we learn how to create hanging mobiles using repurposed objects from around your home or items found outdoors. This workshop is a great way to find beauty in overlooked, everyday resources. We will explore how various materials can be used to create mobiles, and demonstrate how to construct, tie, and balance a hanging mobile.

This event is free to all and we encourage people of all ages to attend. See you there!

Thurs - Sun, 11am - 5pm
We are thrilled to have reopened our doors with a solo exhibition by Santa Barbara-based artist, Shana Moulton: The Invisible Seventh is the Mystic Column. Admission is free and no reservations are needed! 
5pm PST
Painters, Math Bass and Christina Quarles, join Author Suzanne Hudson for a conversation moderated by curators from MCASB and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Register here!  

MCASB members provide crucial support for our groundbreaking exhibitions and innovative community programming. Membership offers a variety of ways to engage with contemporary art, artists, and fellow culture seekers. Click here to learn more about membership benefits. 

(all photos and copy from the Museum of Art Newsletter)