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List of Fiesta Events
updated: Jul 30, 2014, 1:30 PM

One Time Events:

Wednesday, July 30th

8:00 p.m. FREE

Fiesta Pequena or Little Fiesta is the official opening of Fiesta and takes place on the steps of the Old Mission Santa Barbara. The Queen of the Missions provides a dramatic backdrop for colorful costumes & clicking castanets. The delightful program of the early Californian, Spanish and Mexican song and dance features performances by the Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta and an appearance by Saint Barbara. Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

Thursday, July 31st

10:00 a.m. FREE

El Presidente's Mass at the Old Mission followed by a Garden Reception. Fiesta attire encouraged. Open to the public. For information call Old Mission Santa Barbara (805) 682-4713.

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. $$

Gather at the hilltop of the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo to greet the Mayor, members of the City Council and other dignitaries while dancing the night away to exciting music. Enjoy delicious appetizers and delectable wines presented by local restaurants and wineries.

Tickets are $85 per person in advance and $100 at the gate. Tickets are available at local area Albertsons stores or can be purchased online at www.sbfiesta.org. No host bar. Drink tickets may be purchased on site.

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros)

Fiesta Tri-County Stock Horse show brings in riders from the tri-counties to compete in the Alisal Ranch Horse Class, Fiesta Ranch Horse Class, Old Timers Team Roping and Steer Stopping. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For tickets and information visit the official Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo website, call (805) 688-5093, or visit the Showground’s box office during Fiesta.

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Challenger Tour

The toughest sport on earth returns with the nation’s top riders competing in this fast growing sport. The action is so close, you’ll feel the sweat and dirt! Ticket prices TBA. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Tickets available by calling (805) 688-5093 For more information visit www.sbfiestarodeo.com.

Friday, August 1st

12:00 Noon FREE

The Old Spanish Day parade presents the color and pageantry of California's history. Costumed dancers and lively musicians ride on colorful floats resplendent with fresh flowers which portray historic events of the past. The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States. The parade, which proceeds east along Cabrillo Blvd. to State St., then up State St. to Sola St., will be televised live by KEYT Channel 3. Tickets for shaded seating can be purchased online for $15. Sponsored by Union Bank.

7:00 p.m. FREE

Here is a rare opportunity to see the original Spanish California dances & songs of the 19th century. Step back in time to a rancho party of the 1840s! Interwoven with historic narration, these unique songs & dances are performed much as they would have been 170 years ago, accompanied on acoustic instruments, all by local residents in authentic costume. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show in the Courthouse Sunken Garden.

Saturday, August 2nd

10:00 a.m. FREE

The charming Children's Parade is organized by the City Parks and Recreation Department.

Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area. Parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria to Ortega Streets. Ice cream for Parade participants is sponsored by MarBorg Industries. Call (805) 564-5418 for information and an application.

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Kiwanis club will be hosting the Annual Fiesta Pancake Breakfast in Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street. Over 4,000 guests are served at this event and all proceeds go directly to support activities that benefit children in southern Santa Barbara County.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. FREE

Children's Variety Show. With colorful costumes, children from the Santa Barbara area demonstrate their talents & multi-cultural heritage. In the beautiful Sunken Gardens at the County Courthouse. Sponsored by Cox.

Sunday, August 3rd

3:30p.m. in the Courthouse Sunken Gardens FREE

Everyone's invited to celebrate the official closing of Fiesta. Bring the whole family and friends for an afternoon of beautiful music featuring Bizet's Carmen Suite #1 & Caesar Frank's Symphony D minor.

Recurring Events:

July 30th - August 2nd

11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. FREE
De la Guerra Plaza

Stroll through a colorful Mexican market in De la Guerra Plaza (across from City Hall) to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening. This venue is sponsored by Paseo Nuevo. The stage is sponsored by Wells Fargo. De la Guerra Information Kiosk and Avenida de los Presidentes sponsored by Bank of America. Live streaming sponsored by Truly Great Homes. For daily entertainment lineups at the Mercados visit www.sbfiesta.org.

11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. FREE
Mackenzie Park at State and Las Positas in San Roque area

Come for the fun and the food, stay for the music and dancing. Check out four distinct "neighborhoods" for all the family: La Cocina food court where you can watch daily entertainment and enjoy Fiesta foods; the Mercado for souvenirs; Kiddie Carnival with rides and attractions for toddlers through pre-teens and the Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer, margaritas and live entertainment in the evening to get you up and dancing.

The Crazy Horse Cantina and stage are sponsored by Montecito Bank & Trust and Pacific Beverage. Media sponsor, Cox. For daily entertainment lineups at the Mercados visit www.sbfiesta.org.

12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Courtyard of Casa de la Guerra in De la Guerra Plaza

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation hosts the annual Casa Cantina at the home of Fiesta. A Mexican style cantina featuring beer and margaritas at the historic Casa de la Guerra. For a fee, drop in, have a cold drink and relax for a while. All proceeds benefit the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. (FREE admission for SBTHP members)

Wed - Fri: 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., Sat: 10:30 a.m. $

Come explore this beautiful landmark during special docent-led tours. Take MTD Line 22. For information: (805) 682-4713.

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FREE
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Guided tours (every half hour) of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building located at 1100 Anacapa Street. Meet in the Mural Room.

4:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. FREE
Paseo Nuevo

Stop by Paseo Nuevo and enjoy music and Flamenco dancing by a variety of performers.

July 31st - August 2nd

8:00 p.m. FREE
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden

This free variety show is one of the enduring traditions of Fiesta. Mariachis, flamenco dancers, Mexican Folklorico dancers in regional costumes and other entertainers offer performances of grace and skill in the magnificent Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Bring blankets, pillows and chairs for lawn seating under the stars. Sponsored by Cox and MarBorg Industries.

August 1st - 3rd

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado; 11:00am-9:00pm

Enjoy one of the best traditions of Fiesta. Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado serves up a wide array of authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment. Visit a local secret at 227 North Nopal Street and experience homemade goodness for the whole family.

August 2nd - 3rd

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. FREE
Cabrillo Blvd. west of Stearns Wharf

A statewide gathering of artisans and crafts people displaying a wide variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, and other handcrafted wares.

Ongoing until September 28th


Tuesday-Saturday, 10-5pm and Sundays 12-5pm. FREE

Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E De La Guerra

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum invites the community to view their latest exhibition, Project Fiesta! Building a Complete History of Fiesta. Experience the pageantry, fashion and traditions of our city's most cherished cultural festival. Featuring vintage posters, artwork, restored costumes, artifacts and historical photos.


This is the 65th year that the Spirits will be part of Fiesta: Spirit of Fiesta, Talia Ortega Vestal and Junior Spirit of Fiesta Natalie Mowers. Talia was also a past Jr. Spirit of Fiesta. The very first Spirit of Fiesta, Lia Parker, will serve as this year's Grand Marshall.

This is also the 65th year for the Flower Girls.

There are over 110 Flower Girls and Las Senioritas this year, official photo available. Flower Girls and Las Senoritas are the official greeters of Old Spanish Days and have been since 1949 when the idea was introduced by Ruth Dow Figg-Hoblyn. They extend welcome to thousands of guests by presenting flowers from their baskets. Several of the Girls have mothers, grandmothers, aunts and cousins who served as Flower Girls in earlier years. The group participates in both the Historical Parade, and the Children's Parade. You will also see them greeting guests at the opening night ceremony at the Old Mission and attendees at Celebración de los Dignatarios at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Additionally, the Flower Girls and Las Senoritas visit over 22 local convalescent homes and rest homes, spreading Fiesta cheer to those that can't make it to the various events. This year they will visit fire and police stations in the Santa Barbara area as a way of honoring first responders.

The Pilgrim, tall ship, is coming for Fiesta! The PILGRIM is a replica of the tall ship that came to Santa Barbara in 1836, as told by sailor Richard Henry Dana in Two Years Before The Mast. Young students studying California history will delight to see close-up the ship that traded for tallow and hides in California. Costumed docents explain life on the ship. FREE - Sponsored by Heritage Oaks Bank. For more detailed information, please contact Erin Graffy, egraffy@aol.com

Old Spanish Days-Fiesta Partnership with The Santa Barbara Historical Museum
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is presenting an Old Spanish Days Fiesta Exhibition with vintage posters, artwork, costumes, artwork, artifacts and photos - they are also incorporating collections and oral histories, your memories of Fiesta. This exhibit will be open to the public through September 28. The Museum will also be hosting an "Old Spanish Days Public Art" lecture by Erin Graffy on June 26 at 5:30pm.

Carmen, the Music Academy of the West, Old Spanish Day, and the 90th Year Celebration

Viva la Diva! This summer, the Music Academy of the West presents the 2014 Carmen Celebration; a special series of events in honor of the legendary opera singer Marilyn Horne's 80th birthday. As part of this special series, the Music Academy is pleased to partner with Old Spanish Days to celebrate Horne, the director of the Music Academy's Voice Program, in conjunction with her 80th birthday, and recognize her with the official title, "Honorary La Diva of Old Spanish Days."


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