Santa Barbara has many local dance schools that instruct students in the multi-cultural dances of Spain, Mexico and early California. Young performers dedicate countless hours preparing for this annual event and for an honor to represent Old Spanish Days as the “Spirit of Fiesta” and the “Junior Spirit of Fiesta.” This colorful and exciting event is held at La Cumbre Junior High.
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View Las Noches festivities from the Courthouse's 2nd Floor Loggia and Mural Room. You can also get up close and personal with VIP on-stage seats, if desired, or take in the breathtaking sweeping city views from the Clock Tower. This event is not to be missed! Food and beverages included. Reserve your tickets now! No tickets sold at door. Must be 21 to attend.
Tickets are available by phone at (805) 770-7222 or at www.sbclf.org
Bring the family, snacks, and lawn chairs for an afternoon of beautiful music conducted by Dr. Michael Shasberger. Held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.Catch MTD's lines 2, 3, 6, 11, 14, 20, 21x & the Crosstown Shuttle. MTD Stop: Anacapa and Anapamu.
Held in the historical Sunken Gardens on Saturday afternoon, the always highly attended “Afternoon of Gaiety” features the talents of performers under the age of sixteen. The Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens are located at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Stroll along the beautiful beachfront Cabrillo Boulevard just West of Stearns Wharf and browse for handmade treasures created by local artisans. The Arts and Crafts show is an all-day event on both Saturday and Sunday of Fiesta week. Enjoy the arts and crafts while you take in Santa Barbara’s beautiful marina and a spectacular view of our coastal mountains.
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. The parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria Street to Ortega Street. Viewing the parade is free.
To participate in the parade please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (805) 564-5418 for information and an application.
Ice cream for Parade participants is sponsored by MarBorg Industries.
Here is a rare opportunity to see the original Spanish California dances & songs of the 19th century. Interwoven with historic narration, the musical numbers are accompanied on replica acoustic instruments. These unique songs & dances are performed by local residents in authentic costumes much as they would have been 150 years ago. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show!
Held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the Fiesta Historical Parade. It is unique to Santa Barbara and features floats depicting episodes from the history of the state and city. Descendants of local Native Americans, Spanish Pioneers, the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and local service clubs and organizations all reenact historical scenes. It is one of the nation’s largest equestrian parades, featuring over 600 horses, as well as many antique carriages, coaches, and wagons. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street. x
Viewing the Parade is free. Seats can be set up ahead of time along the State Street segment of the Parade route only - seats can be set up no earlier than 5 PM on Thursday, August 3rd. Old Spanish Days provides a section of shaded, guaranteed seating along Cabrillo Boulevard between Bath and Chapala streets. General tickets and deluxe tickets are on sale now (space is limited)Catch MTD line 5 or the Downtown Waterfront Electric Shuttle to the Seating, or lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14,17, 20,21x, the Crosstown Shuttle to Downtown and the Downtown-Waterfront shuttle.
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!MTD Routes: 2, 14, and 20.
Las Noches de Ronda, “Nights of Gaiety” is held in the famous Sunken Gardens of the beautiful Santa Barbara County Courthouse. The evening performances feature spectacular dances and songs from the fire of flamenco to the charm of Mexican folklórico dances. Over 200 performers entertain nightly and donate their time to this wonderful event. Admission is free to the public.
Blankets and chairs can be set up no earlier than 9 AM on the day of the event - please note that anything of plastic or nylon material will be removed.Catch MTD's lines 2, 6, 11 and 20. MTD Stop: Anacapa and Anapamu.
Now All Inclusive! Santa Barbara's wildest and most talked about party happens just once a year at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Experience which wines and tequilas pair with a stunning sunset over the Pacific while you stroll the lush gardens of the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo. Come hungry, food from the Central Coast's finest eateries is included in the price of the ticket and drinks are included as well. Then party the night away to the best dance sounds of DJ Hecktik.
For guests ages 21+ only.Park at the DoubleTree Resort and catch the Dignatarios shuttle in the parking lot. Or, ride MTD's Downtown Waterfront Electric Shuttle. MTD Stop: At the Zoo entrance.
Held on the second day of Fiesta in the morning, the Saint Barbara Parish invites those of all faiths to enjoy High Mass in the main church of Old Mission Santa Barbara. La Misa is held in honor of La Presidente and the Old Spanish Days Board, celebrating both the long-standing relationship between the Old Mission and Old Spanish Days as well as the entire Fiesta community. This Roman Catholic Mass dates back to the first day of Fiesta in 1936 and today is followed by a festive reception in the Mission’s Sacred Garden.
This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information please contact the Santa Barbara Mission at (805) 682-4713.
The Crazy Horse Cantina, inside Mercado Del Norte, features a beer garden with live entertainment and is a favorite gathering spot for locals during Fiesta. It is host during the day to Fiesta's battle of the bands competition where aspiring new talent come to play. At night and all day Saturday the Cantina turns into a beer garden with entertainment from the top area bands.
After 5 PM on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and after 4 PM on Saturday the Cantina is a 21 and over only event - ID required.
As the August sun slowly sets behind the “Queen of the Missions”, experience the Franciscans hospitality as they welcome all to enjoy the official opening of Old Spanish Days Fiesta at this beautiful setting as they have since 1927. La Fiesta Pequeña, “Little Fiesta”, is a colorful, historical program which includes traditional songs and dance from Californios, Flamenco, Spanish classical and Mexican folklorico, an appearance from Saint Barbara, and a special performance from the 2016 Spirit. This event is free to the public.
Blankets, chairs or any other items left to reserve seating at Fiesta Pequena will not be allowed until 9 AM on Wednesday, the morning before the show. Any items before this time will be removed and confiscated by the City Parks Department. Thank you for your compliance.
Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 13th annual Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta! Held at Casa de la Guerra, 15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. General Admission fee required, free admission for SBTHP members. For more information please call (805) 965-0093.
This is a twenty-one and over event - ID required.
Come for the fun and the food, stay for the music and dancing. Check out our four distinct "neighborhoods" for all of the family: the food court where you can watch daily entertainment and enjoy Fiesta foods; the Fiesta Bazaar for souvenirs; Fiesta Carnival with rides and attractions for the kids; and the Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer margaritas and live entertainment in the evening to get you out on the dance floor. Mercado Del Norte is located in Mackenzie Park at the corner of State Street and Las Positas Street in the San Roque area.
Wristbands for the Carnival are $25 on Wednesday and Thursday and $30 on Friday and Saturday.Catch MTD's lines 3, 6 and 11. MTD Stop: State and Las Positas and State & Palo Colorado.
Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (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.
Mercado de la Guerra is located in De La Guerra Plaza, on the first block of East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.Catch MTD's lines 2, 6, 11, 14. MTD stop Anacapa & Carrillo. Also MTD lines 20, 21x & the Crosstown Shuttle. MTD Stop Anacapa and De la Guerra. Also the Downtown Waterfront Electric Shuttle stops at State and De la Guerra. & the Crosstown Shuttle. MTD Stop: State and De la Guerra.
Free guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building take place between 10 AM and 3 PM, every 'half-hour' Wednesday thru Saturday and 'every-hour' Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
For more information please call (805) 962-6464 or visit the information desk located in the lobby near the main archway.Catch MTD's lines 2, 6, 11, 14, 20, 21x & the Crosstown Shuttle. MTD Stop: Anacapa and Anapamu.
Come explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information and pricing please contact the Santa Barbara Mission at (805) 682-4713.
Join Paseo Nuevo as they celebrate Old Spanish Day’s Fiesta with Flamenco dance performances and live music in Center Court all week long. See entertainment schedule.