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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.

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

Celebrating Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2016

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bringing Fiestas of Yesteryear to Life

Profant Foundation brings tableau vivant tradition to El Paseo for Fiesta Finale dinner. Read story.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fiesta Memories: Josefa Erro

The author explains the legacy of his great-grandmother. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mariachis Takes Over the Bowl

Some of the best Mexican-American folk groups will perform in S.B. Saturday, August 8. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fiesta Memories

Fun at Fiesta Pequeña Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tales of Fiesta‬ Romance ‬

Old Spanish‬ Days goes “Romántica,” so we bring you Santa Barbara summer love stories.‬ Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Celebrating Fiesta 2015

Check out our comprehensive guide to Old Spanish Days, which descends on Santa Barbara this week. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Meet the Spirits of Fiesta 2015

Two star dancers, Ysabella Yturralde, 10, and Alexandra Freres, 18, carry on the legacy of Old Spanish Days. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bringing Courthouse Murals to Life

California Missions Foundation teams up to bring old Santa Barbara to the Fiesta parade. Read story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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