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The stone squares in front of the Santa Barbara Mission are transformed into colorful works of art for three days by madonnari, or street painters.

From the website:

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. To engage the other senses, live music and an authentic Italian market will be held adjacent to the painting. Enjoy a fabuloso array of Italian cuisine and specialty items. Join the 25,000 visitors who attend this celebration of color and creativity.

Click here for the festival website.

You can also sponsor a square from $125-$650. If you're so inclined, click here to learn more.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.