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Commemorate 236 years of history at the birthplace of Santa Barbara, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. Celebrate the history of Santa Barbara at the Founding Day Festival with a costumed reenactment of the original Founding Ceremony held in 1782, education activities for the whole family, and local entertainment in the heart of historical downtown Santa Barbara.
Enjoy tasting from more than 30 local wineries on this spring evening when the animals stay out late and the entire zoo is open for guests to sip and stroll through. Tasty treats from local food trucks will be available for sale… and don’t miss the VIP experience available with additional tasting of reserve wines and pairings!
Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. Old Mission Santa Barbara is proud to be the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from its sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. Don’t miss one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved annual festivals.