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What You Should Know About the Vibrant Pianos on State

Each October marks the Arts and Humanities month for Santa Barbara, CA. What better way to celebrate this than through a unique combination of art and music available to artists and the public alike? As you walk down State Street in October, you’ll find a delightful phenomenon: follow the sound of tinkling notes, and you’ll stumble across a series of painted pianos open for all to play. This is due to the lively Pianos on State, now in its ninth year.

What is Pianos on State?

Pianos on State is a collaborative, artistic event inspired by similar events across the nation. It takes place each October on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. This is the ninth year that it will occur, and this year, the pianos will be on display for a longer period, from October 2nd-24th. Local artists paint a series of pianos which are then on display along State Street for the public to play! This colorful, fun event is designed to be an opportunity for local and professional artists to collaborate and showcase their work and share it with the public. Its goal is also to expose people of all ages to the arts and get them excited about it through this interactive musical experience.

Various organizations from Santa Barbara come together to support this colorful event. Participating artists are given a budget, supplies, a piano, and free license to transform the pianos into vibrant works of art. Once on display, anyone is welcome to play the pianos. Try your hand at the piano, or stroll down State Street to listen. You might be treated to impromptu performances by amateurs or professionals or even groups; you never know! The spontaneous nature of this event in large part adds to the magic and fun.

Stay Close to the Excitement

View of the Mad Hatter guest room at Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages, Santa Barbara, CAThe Cheshire Cat Inn is just four blocks away from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. That means you can stay in luxury while being steps from exciting events like Pianos on State as well as fantastic restaurants and shops. As a guest of our inn, mornings bring with them complimentary breakfast and afternoons bring a wine hour complete with local wines and hors-d’oeuvres served in the lovely gardens.

Our elegant inn features an English-inspired Alice in Wonderland theme. This results in lodgings that combine Santa Barbara environs with English hospitality infused with a touch of whimsy. Each of our rooms features a unique name, many inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Take, for example, the Mad Hatter suite. Its decor is bright and cheery, balanced by charming hardwood floors and antique furniture. Enjoy the feeling of the soft bathrobes after an invigorating shower and relax in your comfortable king bed after a day of exploring downtown Santa Barbara.

This is just a sample of what the Cheshire Cat Inn has to offer. Be sure to browse all our accommodations before you book your stay in sunny Southern California!


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