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Fiesta Santa Barbara

For Santa Barbarans, Fiesta conjures all sorts of images: the nighttime performances of the Noches de Ronda at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens; El Desfile Historico, the country’s largest equestrian parade; the delicious Spanish and Mexican foods found at the mercados. Ultimately, what it is, though, is a way for the community to come together and honor the traditions of old Californio culture. While some things have changed throughout time, the essence of fiesta endures.

Spirit of Fiesta Auditions

With the 90th Old Spanish Days only four months away, it’s time to select the young dancers who will serve as Spirits during the August celebration. Read story.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fiesta Photos 2013

Here's a look at some of the past few days of Old Spanish Days scenes. Read story.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cooking for Fiesta

Rebecca Brand's seasonal how-to videos. Read story.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Crackdown on Fiesta Cruiser Run

Police warn of increased enforcement at the annual bike ride. Read story.

Originally published 11:00 a.m., August 1, 2013
Updated 12:16 p.m., August 1, 2013

Flamenco Wars Leave Students Out of Luck

Dance studio banned from courthouse events after 2012 confrontation. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

All of the Fiesta Action

Check out activities and entertainment of Old Spanish Days that you won’t want to miss. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Fiesta Cruiser Run

There’s something beatific about an unsanctioned event where bicyclists flood State Street for blocks on end. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Spirit of Fiesta 2013

Corrie Jimenez has been dancing since she was three years old and attending Fiesta celebrations for as long as she can remember. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

El Presidente 2013

Josiah Jenkins is a fifth-generation Californian who has been involved with Old Spanish Days since 1976. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Junior Spirit 2013

Cordero will serve many roles, including leading El Desfile de los Niños and performing at Tardes de Ronda. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fiesta-Worthy Tacos, All Year Long

Taco spots that deserve mucho amor. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

My Favorite Fiesta Food

Look, it won’t kill you to relish in warm and fuzzy pleasures of all kinds during Fiesta. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fiestamama Marathon

It’s a week of madness where I follow my dancing offspring around from one show to the next — hitting six, seven, even eight venues a day around town. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Anchor Gets Into Fiesta Spirit with Pop-Up Taco Shop

Get a sneak peek of Jason Tuley’s taco concept this weekend, when he previews La Ancla. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fiesta 2013

Read on for a guide to this year’s Old Spanish Days. Read story.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
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