Public Programs

Presidio Pastimes


These free educational events, geared toward families, offer a variety of engaging activities that shed light on the history of early California. Living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, and storytelling are a part of these special occasions. The events take place on selected weekend afternoons and on one special evening during the winter (Presidio by Candlelight). Activities can include: blacksmith and forge, gardening, adobe brick making, pottery, fiber arts, calligraphy, archaeology, and chumash storytelling.  

Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight

Thursday, February 6, 2020

5:00-8:00 PM

Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Presidio by candlelight and travel back in time to over two centuries ago. Discuss colonial California with the Presidio officers, experience a cooking demonstration in la cocina, enjoy stories by an open fire, and join in the music and dance of early California. Wine and hot chocolate will be served.

SBTHP thanks Los Soldados del Real Presidio de Santa Bárbara, Luis Moreno and friends, Baile de California, and the many volunteers who bring the Presidio to life for this special evening.


El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara




For more information: 805-965-0093

(805) 965-0093  •  123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101-2215

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