Fiesta Information

2018 Spirit Pre-Auditions

The pre-audition will be held Saturday, January 6, 2018 at La Cumbre Jr. High School located at 2255 Modoc Rd., Santa Barbara, Ca. The auditions will be open for ALL participants, who are residents and reside in the County of Santa Barbara, from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. You may come at any time during the three hour period.  This is a first come first serve Pre-Audition so arrive early.

The goal is to select the individuals who best embodies the “SPIRIT” of Santa Barbara’s Fiesta.

Board of Directors 2018

Old Spanish Days Fiesta is run by an Executive Committee and a Board of Directors who represent a broad cross-section of the community. The board is responsible for planning and producing over a dozen major events during the week, and organizing nearly 5,000 different volunteers, participants, and performers.

2016 Poster and Pin on Sale

Artist Jeremy Harper painted the landscape that makes up this year's Old Spanish Days 2016 poster.  It features the Presidio built in 1782, the Mission constructed four years later and the two known Chumash villages.

The 2016 Commemorative Pin represents the blending of cultural styles of both Chumash and Spanish cultures. The Pin's and Posters are now available at the Fiesta Store.

Fiesta Sponsors

For more information regarding sponsorship, please contact our office at 805-962-8101 or email

A very special thank you to our wonderful sponsors. We could not put on this event without their generous support!


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Spirit and Junior Spirit

The Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta represent the charm and beauty of the culture of Old Spanish Days. 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.” 

About Old Spanish Days

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to honoring and preserving Santa Barbara’s history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions. This 90-year-old organization produces an annual eight day festival -- Fiesta -- that is widely regarded as Santa Barbara’s premier festival.

Event Locations & Addresses

Old Spanish Days Fiesta is a county wide celebration and events are scattered throughout the city. Follow the link below for a map to major events and the parade route directions.

Getting Your Event Tickets

Old Spanish Days Fiesta offers a complete listing of ticking outlets so you can buy tickets both online and in person. Buy tickets for these events: Spirit of Fiesta Auditions, La Primavera, Fiesta Ranchera, Recepción del Presidente, Celebración de Los Dignatarios, Parade Reserved Seating, and the Rodeo. Link to Ticket Page

Contacting Old Spanish Days

Mailing address: P.O. Box 21557 Santa Barbara, CA 93121-1557
(805) 962-8101