The picturesque Mission lies between the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish heritage of the town is reflected in the architecture and street names of this popular destination.
The Mission grounds house the Renewal Center available for retreats. The Mission Plaza is transformed every Memorial Day weekend with 200 colorful, large-scale street paintings created by 400 artists and young people. The artists (madonnari) begin working on Saturday morning of the Memorial Day weekend and continue drawing throughout the three-day festival or until their street paintings are completed. Santa Barbara’s I Madonnari, the first street painting festival in North America, was started in 1987 by Executive Director Kathy Koury as a fundraiser for the Children’s Creative Project.