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Santa Barbara's Arts and Crafts show is every Sunday. Vendors set up their tables and booths starting at Stearns Warf going a few blocks east along Cabrillo Boulevard. Even if you are not into arts and crafts, it's a great excuse to take a walk along the ocean andtake in the beautiful views of Santa Barbara.
Written Feb 26, 2013
Fiesta is Santa Barbara's own version of Marti Gras. It's a great time for all ages. For a few days in August, Santa Barbara shows off it's Spanish culture. State Street is alive and happening with many happy revelers. It's a really great family get together during the day - but also an awesome place for adults to act like kids with throwing colorful eggs full of confetti at each other. There are also mariachi bands wandering the streets to serenade visitors. The bars are crowded with drinkers starting at 10am. It is quite a party, used to be my favorite time of year when I was in college :)
Written Feb 26, 2013
Every Sunday along Cabrillo Blvd. starting at Stearns Wharf and running East for a couple of blocks is the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show with original handmade artwork by local artisans. You can view items from Animal toys to Zebra paintings. The prices are all up to the artist on location. They display their wares on easels to tables from 10am to dusk.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
In Santa Barbara, everything kind of looks pretty and on first sight, this large group of crosses seems to blend effortlessly into the sandy beach. Then you read that each cross represents a soldier killed in Iraq and it takes on a new meaning. It is meant to be a silent protest against the war but others see it as a tribute to the soldiers killed fighting for freedom. Perhaps the most amazing thing is the 500+ crosses are set up each Sunday morning and taken down late in the afternoon. If you are in town on a Sunday, it will be hard to miss as it is right next to the entrance to the pier down on the seaside.
Updated Sep 11, 2009
Taking Street Art to another level, the Madonnari Festival has been a Santa Barbara institution since its inception in 1987. Named after the Italian name for street artists, the huge block party features live music, vendors selling Italian food and attracts artists from around the world to the area in front of the Santa Barbara Mission. It is generally held the end of May. We were in Santa Barbara in early June and while the festival was over, the works of art were still pretty fresh and looking good.
Written Sep 11, 2009
During the first week of August SB holds it most famous festival: fiesta or Old Spanish Days. The whole community gets together to celebrate the heritage of the city. Ther are parades, bands playing, carnival type of events, rodoes and extra special parties at the bars. You can also enjoy many beautiful dance performances (ballet, folkloric..) at various locations during the week including the Mission, De La Guera Plaza and the sunken garden at the Courtyard. Check out the website for the event calendar.
Updated Aug 3, 2008
The Summer Solstice parade is one parade that everyone looks forward to every year. The event is the largest art festival in Santa Barbara. It is something I can't really explain, it's something that you need to see to believe it. I guess you could compare it to a small carnival or mardi gras parade. The Parade is held on the saturday following Summer Solstice around 12:00 PM. The parade ends at Alameda park, located at the corner of Anacapa and Micheltorena Streets. The following festival at the park includes, live music, children's area and local art.
Written Jul 6, 2008
Forth of July can be very fun in Santa Barbara. The whole community celebrates by going to West Beach to watch the fireworks. From about 5pm to 10pm Cabrillo blvd. closes all traffic coming through. Along the beach there is live music and food. The fireworks start around 9:00- 9:30 ish. Get there early and don't drive your car downtown because you will not find parking after 2pm. The fireworks show is always good!
Written Jul 6, 2008
The 101 Freeway is built over the original El Camino Real, which means “Royal Highway” in Spanish. This historical road is the oldest street in California and used to be just a dusty path. The 21 California Missions were built all along the El Camino Real from San Diego to Sonoma, about 30 miles North of San Francisco hundreds of years ago. The bell pictured is situated in front of the Mission at Santa Barbara and similar bell shaped lamps line the old route of the El Camino Real to honor the California Missions and the original Royal Road.
Written Aug 12, 2007
The first quarter released in 2005 honors California, and is the 31st in the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters® Program. California was admitted into the Union on September 9, 1850, becoming our Nation’s 31st State. Nicknamed the "Golden State," California’s quarter depicts naturalist and conservationist John Muir admiring Yosemite Valley’s monolithic granite headwall known as "Half Dome" and also contains a soaring California condor. The coin bears the inscriptions "California," "John Muir," "Yosemite Valley" and "1850."
In 1849, the year before California gained statehood, the family of 11-year-old John Muir emigrated from Scotland to the United States, settling in Wisconsin. In 1868, at the age of 30, Muir sailed up the West Coast and landed in San Francisco. He made his home in the Yosemite Valley, describing the Sierra Nevada Mountains as "the Range of Light… the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I have seen." He devoted the rest of his life to the conservation of natural beauty, publishing more than 300 articles and 10 books that expanded his naturalist philosophy.
The 20-member California State Quarter Commission was formed to solicit design concepts from California citizens and to review all submissions. The Commission forwarded 20 design concepts to Governor Gray Davis’s office for further consideration. From these, five were chosen as finalists and sent for final review to the United States Mint. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose the final selection from this group of five. The four other design concepts considered included "Waves and Sun," "Gold Miner," "Golden Gate Bridge," and the "Giant Sequoia" design. The Department of Treasury approved the "John Muir/Yosemite Valley" design on April 15, 2004.
Written Jun 9, 2005
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