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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.

Old Spanish Days Events 2017

Check out the most complete guide to Fiesta, August 2-6. Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fiesta Historical Parade 2017

Learn the lineup for El Desfile Histórico horse procession on August 4. Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Meet Fiesta 2017’s Saint Barbara

Robin Hill Cederlof to portray the city’s patron saint. Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Get to Know the 2017 Spirits of Fiesta

2017 Spirit Norma Escárcega and Junior Spirit Eve Flores Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Celebrating Fiesta 2017

Check out Santa Barbara’s complete guide to this year's Fiesta celebration with parades, performances, music, and more, August 2-6. Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Old Spanish Days La Presidente

Rhonda Ledson Henderson heads up Fiesta 2017. Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Egg Smash

The unique celebration of eggs and confetti and the folk artists who make it all happen Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Linda Vega and Rose Marie Cruz on Fiesta

Santa Barbara’s grand dames of flamenco talk about their art. Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Flamenco’s Daniela Zermeño-Sanchez

At 28, Daniela Zermeño-Sanchez has trained hundreds in the art of the Spanish dance. Read story.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Reynaldo Aceves, Fiesta Guitarist

Gustavo Uribe shares the story of his godfather, a longtime Fiesta musician. Read story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

'Project Fiesta!' Is Back at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Memorabilia and more in this Fiesta-Themed exhibition Read story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Christina Herrera to Portray Saint Barbara in 2016 Fiesta

Meet Christina Herrera, who will portray Saint Barbara at 2016 Fiesta. Read story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

'Picturing Old Spanish Days' at Sullivan Goss

A wide-ranging collection of images to welcome Fiesta. Read story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Old Spanish Days Events 2016

Check out S.B.'s complete guide to this year's Fiesta celebration with parades, performances, music, and more August 3-7. Read story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2016 Fiesta Parade Lineup

2016 Fiesta Parade Lineup Read story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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