La Fiesta Pequena Highlights

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Scroll through the above photos of the main show and dress rehearsal by Fritz Olenberger

[Updated with photos from the main event]


Photographer Fritz Olenberger shares aerial view photos of the La Fiesta Pequeña dress rehearsal. 

The sneak preview took place at the Santa Barbara Mission steps on Tuesday evening. Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., the main show takes place. 

The official opening of Old Spanish Days Fiesta has taken place in this beautiful setting since 1927. La Fiesta Pequeña, “Little Fiesta”, is a colorful, historical program which includes traditional songs and dance from Californios Spirit. This event is free to the public.


By Ronald Williams

During Fiesta Pequena tonight at the Old Mission danced Sophia Cordera, Spirit of Fiesta 2019, who is an AP Honors student at Santa Barbara High School.

Paloma Valenzuela, 2019 Junior Spirit of Fiesta, who is in the 4th grade at Foothill Elementary. She enjoys math because it allows her to challenge and exercise her brain. She also enjoys art because she can be creative and use her imagination. 

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Flicka Aug 01, 2019 09:38 AM
La Fiesta Pequena Highlights

I always heard the Mission show started in 1928. We went to the rehearsal on Tuesday. So beautiful looking up to the towers, seeing the saints' statues, Mission bells, and, most important to me, Fritz up there taking pictures. I couldn't wait to see them on Edhat. Thanks, Fritz.

JMichael Jul 31, 2019 06:56 PM
La Fiesta Pequena Highlights

As usual Fritz does an outstanding job capturing motion in natural lighting conditions. His photographs really tell the story consistently.

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