Museum Events

History at your Home!
Join us for these free Zoom talks about local history.  Presentations are streamed on Facebook Live and recorded.

History Happy Hour at the Museum
Join us for lively talks about local history (with wine!).

Watch past talks on TVSB or online HERE.

Flamenco Íntimo

Join us for an intimate show

Friday, June 21
Shows at 7pm and 9pm
Location:  Covarrubias Adobe

Join us for an intimate tablao in our Covarrubias Adobe featuring award winning Manuel Gutierrez who has headlined flamenco festivals throughout the world with guitarist Andres Vadin whose worldwide career includes collaborations on Latin Grammy-nominated albums with master cajon player Diego Alvarez.  Guest artists Jesalyn McCollum and Joaquin del Rey.

Tables of two or four will be available

Flamenco Íntimo, a lively performance by dancer, singer and artistic director Manuel Gutierrez (Cordoba, Spain), dancer Vanessa Albalos (Chihuahua, Mexico, guitarist Alex Jordan (Habana, Cuba), and guest artist dancer Amanda Cuevas. Covarrubias Adobe, Santa Barbara Historical Museum. November 9, 2023. Photo: ©2023 Isaac Hernández de Lipa/

Peña Flamenca

Join us for music education and merriment

Saturday, June 29
7-8:30 PM
Location:  Museum Courtyard

Join us for lively, improvisational flamenco at Santa Barbara Historical Museum as part of Flamenco! Santa Barbara's music education program. Dancers of all ages, flamenco enthusiasts and anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the art form will enjoy this casual event.  Artists leading this experience include artistic director Maria Bermudez, choreographer Manuel Gutierrez (Cordoba, Spain), singer Pepele Mendez (Jerez, Spain) and guitarist Andres Vadin (Habana, Cuba).

Tickets to participate or be an audience member


Fiesta Centennial Celebration

Exhibition debut + tacos + dance party

Friday, July 12
6:30 PM
Location:  Museum

Celebrate the centennial of Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Santa Barbara's largest civic celebration with our exhibition debut, taco and dance party.  Guests will enjoy our latest and largest "Project Fiesta!" with cultural performances, and dancing under the stars with local band, Area 51.

Tickets for the special evening are available HERE.


Tablao del Museo

Tapas + Wine + Flamenco

Thursday, July 18
6:30 PM
Location:  Museum

In celebration of the Old Spanish Days Fiesta centennial, join us for an outdoor flamenco tablao with artists from Santa Barbara to Spain in collaboration with Flamenco! Santa Barbara.

Tables of two and four are available HERE.

(Note that this sold-out event was last held in 2021 and is not our traditional fundraising dinner.  See below.)


Una Fiesta de los Adobes

History + Dinner + Dancing
Join us for a special centennial fundraiser in support of our historic adobes and our Fiesta history exhibition

Friday, July 26
6:30 PM
Location:  Museum

An elegant evening in our adobe courtyard that will pay homage to our treasured two-hundred-year-old adobes, which have played host to Fiesta celebrations since 1924.

Limited to one hundred guests, the evening will include dinner, performances by world-renowned artists, and dancing in our Covarrubias adobe.

Patron tickets are $1,000.  For more information contact

1924 OSD Fiesta poster web

1st Thursday

Join us after hours

Thursday, August 1
5-8:00 PM
Location:  Museum

Enjoy access after hours with wine and music while you explore our galleries, including our latest exhibitions.
Free. No RSVP required.

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Concierto Íntimo

Join us for an intimate show by Seffarine

Thursday, August 22
Location:  Covarrubias Adobe

The sounds that stir the dry winds of Southern Spain and Morocco, two countries separated by only a whisper of the Mediterranean, are the musical DNA of a beautifully complex extended family linking North Africa and Europe.

The musicians of Seffarine, soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp embrace and extend this rich legacy. These diverse backgrounds meld, creating what SoundRoots describes as "an ear-caressing blend of sounds from Spain and North Africa, spiced with a bit of fiery instrumentation and percussion."

Tickets available July 1.


1st Thursday

Join us after hours 

Thursday, September 5
5-8:00 PM
Location:  Museum

Enjoy access after hours with wine and music while you explore our galleries, including our latest exhibition, Project Fiesta! Celebrating a Centennial of Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

Join Latin Jazz band Mezcal Martini for music and dancing in our courtyard from 6-7:30 pm.

Free. No RSVP required.

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