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Fiesta Listings

Activities and Entertainment for Old Spanish Days


THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

Santa Barbara Mission Tours

Come explore this beautiful landmark during special docent-led tours. Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.; and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more info and cost, call the S.B. Mission at 682-4713.

La Misa de la Presidenta

Attend this nondenominational, open-to-the-public mass at the Old Mission, followed by a garden reception. Fiesta attire is encouraged. 10 a.m. Old Mission S.B., 2201 Laguna Street. Free. For info, call 682-4713.

Courthouse Fiesta Tours

Go on a guided tour (every half hour) of the Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Anacapa and Anapamu streets. Free. For info, call 962-6464.

El Mercado de la Guerra

Feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the evening, featuring children’s shows, Spanish and Mexican folk dancing, and music. (Daily) 11 a.m.-11 p.m. De la Guerra Plaza (across from City Hall). Free.

El Mercado del Norte

Enjoy a selection of Spanish-Mexican foods and beverages, as well as carnival rides for the kids, the Fiesta Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer and margaritas, and live entertainment in the evening. (Daily) 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Located in MacKenzie Park, State Street and Las Positas Road. Free.

Casa Cantina

Check out this Mexican-style cantina, featuring beer and margaritas at Casa de la Guerra. All proceeds benefit the S.B. Trust for Historic Preservation. Noon-midnight. Casa de la Guerra Courtyard, De la Guerra Plaza. For info and tickets, call 965-0093.

Celebración de los Dignatarios

Meet S.B. dignitaries and dance to a live band while enjoying appetizers and wines by area restaurants and wineries. 5-10 p.m. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Drive. $85 in advance. Call 962-8101 or visit brownpapertickets.com/event/185100.

Las Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety)

Come see a variety show of music, singing, flamenco, and folklórico dances from many regions of Mexico. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. 8 p.m. S.B. County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street. Free.

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

Tri-county riders will compete in the Alisal Ranch Horse Eliminations and the Fiesta Ranch Horse Class. 8 a.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. Free. For info, call 967-6331 or visit sbfiestarodeo.com.

Professional Bull Riders Challenger Tour

Witness the nation’s top riders compete in bull riding. 7:30 p.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. Box seats, $65-$80; general admission, $30-$45. For tickets and info, call Jedlicka’s at 687-0747 or Earl Warren Showgrounds at 967-6331, or visit sbfiestarodeo.com.

By Paul Wellman

Fiesta Horse Parade

FRIDAY., AUGUST 5

El Desfile Histórico

One of the largest equestrian parades in the U.S., the Fiesta Historical Parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach to State Street, and then heads up State to Sola Street. Noon. Free; reserved seats, $15.

Flor y Canto

Original Spanish-California dances and songs of the 19th century, with musical accompaniment on replica acoustic instruments will be performed by S.B. residents much as they would have been 150 years ago. 7 p.m. S.B. County Courthouse Sunken Garden, 1100 Anacapa Street. Free.

Santa Barbara Mission Tours

Come explore this beautiful landmark during special docent-led tours. Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.; and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more info and cost, call the S.B. Mission at 682-4713.

Casa Cantina

Check out this Mexican-style cantina, featuring beer and margaritas at Casa de la Guerra. All proceeds benefit the S.B. Trust for Historic Preservation. Noon-midnight. Casa de la Guerra Courtyard, De la Guerra Plaza. For info and tickets, call 965-0093.

Competencia de los Vaqueros (Stock Horse Show & Rodeo)

• Junior tri-county riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Goat Tying, Calf Tying, Team Roping, and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class, plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. 7 a.m. and noon. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. Free.

• Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) events include Bareback Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding. 7:30 p.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. General admission, $15 (adults) and $10 (kids 11 and under). For tickets and info, call Jedlicka’s at 687-0747 or Earl Warren Showgrounds at 967-6331, or visit sbfiestarodeo.com.

Courthouse Fiesta Tours

Go on a guided tour (every half hour) of the Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Anacapa and Anapamu streets. Free. For info, call 962-6464.

El Mercado de la Guerra

Feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the evening, featuring children’s shows, Spanish and Mexican folk dancing, and music. (Daily) 11 a.m.-11 p.m. De la Guerra Plaza (across from City Hall). Free.

El Mercado del Norte

Enjoy a selection of Spanish-Mexican foods and beverages, as well as carnival rides for the kids, the Fiesta Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer and margaritas, and live entertainment in the evening. (Daily) 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Located in MacKenzie Park, State Street and Las Positas Road. Free.

Las Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety)

Come see a variety show of music, singing, flamenco, and folklórico dances from many regions of Mexico. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. 8 p.m. S.B. County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street. Free.

By Paul Wellman (file)

SATURDAY, AUG.UST 6

Santa Barbara Mission Tours

Come explore this beautiful landmark during special docent-led tours. Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.; and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more info and cost, call the S.B. Mission at 682-4713.

Courthouse Fiesta Tours

Go on a guided tour (every half hour) of the Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Anacapa and Anapamu streets. Free. For info, call 962-6464.

El Mercado de la Guerra

Feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the evening, featuring children’s shows, Spanish and Mexican folk dancing, and music. (Daily) 11 a.m.-11 p.m. De la Guerra Plaza (across from City Hall). Free.

El Mercado del Norte

Enjoy a selection of Spanish-Mexican foods and beverages, as well as carnival rides for the kids, the Fiesta Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer and margaritas, and live entertainment in the evening. (Daily) 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Located in MacKenzie Park, State Street and Las Positas Road. Free.

Casa Cantina

Check out this Mexican-style cantina, featuring beer and margaritas at Casa de la Guerra. All proceeds benefit the S.B. Trust for Historic Preservation. Noon-midnight. Casa de la Guerra Courtyard, De la Guerra Plaza. For info and tickets, call 965-0093.

Las Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety)

Come see a variety show of music, singing, flamenco, and folklórico dances from many regions of Mexico. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. 8 p.m. S.B. County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street. Free.

Competencia de los Vaqueros (Stock Horse Show & Rodeo)

• Tri-County riders compete in Steer Stopping and Tie-Down Roping. Riders compete in Old Timers Team Roping, Steer Stopping, Team Roping, and Open Ranch Class. 7 a.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. Free.

• Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association events include Bareback Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding. 7:30 p.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. General admission, $15 (adults) and $10 (kids 11 and under). For tickets and info, call Jedlicka’s at 687-0747 or Earl Warren Showgrounds at 967-6331, or visit sbfiestarodeo.com.

El Desfile de los Niños

The 81st Annual Children’s Parade includes kids, parents, and other participants in traditional costumes and goes down State Street from Victoria to Ortega streets. There will be ice cream for parade participants. 10 a.m. Free. For info and applications, call 897-1982.

Kiwanis Fiesta Pancake Breakfast

Take part in the 60th anniversary of this event, which typically serves more than 4,000 people. All proceeds go to supporting activities that benefit children in south Santa Barbara County. 7 a.m-noon, Alameda Park, Santa Barbara and Sola streets. $6. For tickets and info, call 967-1860 or visit kiwanisclubofsantabarbara.org.

Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show

Artisans and craftspeople will display a variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, and other handcrafted wares. 10 a.m-7 p.m. Cabrillo Boulevard, west of Stearns Wharf. Free.

Tardes de Ronda

Santa Barbara kids demonstrate their talents and multicultural heritage in this variety show. 1-5 p.m. S.B. County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street. Free.

Mariachi Festival

Lively mariachi music will be performed by Mariachi Vargas, Paquita la del Barrio, Mariachi Monumental de America, Mariachi Mujer 2000, Mariachi Aguilas de Jalisco, and S.B. Youth Mariachi. 5:30 p.m. S.B. Bowl, 1122 North Milpas Street. For tickets and info, call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.

By Paul Wellman (file)

Competencia de los Vaqueros

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7

Competencia de los Vaqueros (Stock Horse Show & Rodeo)

• Tri-county riders compete in Open Calf Branding and Team Penning Slack. 8 a.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. Free.

• The Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association will present the Junior All Around Awards, Kay Dent Buckle Award, and Irving Osburn Buckle Award. Box seats, $16-$25; general admission, $12 (adults) and $8 (kids 11 and under). 1:30 p.m. Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. For tickets and info, call Jedlicka’s at 687-0747 or Earl Warren Showgrounds at 967-6331, or visit sbfiestarodeo.com.

Courthouse Fiesta Tours

Go on a guided tour (every half hour) of the Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Anacapa and Anapamu streets. Free. For info, call 962-6464.

Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show

Artisans and craftspeople will display a variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, and other handcrafted wares. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Cabrillo Boulevard, west of Stearns Wharf. Free.

West Coast Symphony Fiesta Concert

Bring the family, snacks, and lawn chairs for an afternoon of beautiful music conducted by Christopher Story VI. 3:30 p.m., S.B. County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street. Free.



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