Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images. We are proud to be the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from our sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office. The Project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. 

Festival hours are 10-6 daily. Admission is free.


The Santa Barbara Mission is located at the corner of Los Olivos and Laguna Streets.

From the 101 Freeway, take Mission Street exit and travel east to Laguna Street, turn left and continue two blocks to the Mission entrance. Additional parking is available on the Mission field.

You can sponsor a street painting square to advertise your business or to celebrate a friend or family member. Squares range from 4-by-6 feet to 12-by-12 feet and $125 to $650. Download the Sponsor form Here.

To sponsor a square, either choose your favorite street painter -- or painters -- of any age or experience level -- or let us provide one for you. The Festival will provide chalk in an assorment of colors.