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.

Fiesta on Film

Documentary Polka Dot Alley explores Santa Barbara’s cutthroat youth flamenco community. Read story.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spirit of Fiesta Auditions

Nothing says “viva la” quite like the rhythmic tap and snap of Fiesta's Spirits. Read story.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Celebrate with Telegraph’s Cerveza de Fiesta

Get a taste of this Old Spanish Days-inspired pilsner, brewed on Salsipuedes Street. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Project Fiesta!

This multifaceted exhibition of Old Spanish Days documentation and ephemera solicits your participation. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Youth Bands Are Bringing the Rock to Fiesta

Roger Perry is highlighting some of the area’s best young talent during this year’s Old Spanish Days Festival. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fiesta: Honorary Vaquero

Cowboy Frank Machado has been wrangling cattle since he was a boy in Santa Maria. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Las Pinturas de la Fiesta

Sullivan Goss Gallery shows its spirit with a present of an entire exhibition of Fiesta-oriented art. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What’s On for Fiesta 2014

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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

El Presidente Dennis Rickard

Tradition and history are this year’s Old Spanish Days theme. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fiesta 2014

Celebrate Old Spanish Days with dance, music, and authentic food. Read story.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Scene in S.B.

Spirit Talia Ortega Vestal and Junior Spirit Natalie Mowers show off their firery Flamenco at Old Spanish Days. Read story.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Books: Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History Through Public Art

Author Erin Graffy de Garcia captures S.B.’s Spanish soul in her new book. Read story.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pre-Fiesta Events 2014

Old Spanish Days kicks off Wednesday, July 30. Read story.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Event: Garden Court’s Fiesta Party

Garden Court retirement home celebrates the spirits of Old Spanish Days with a free event. Read story.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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
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