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Recepción de la Presidenta

La Presidenta Joanne Funari
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Join La Presidenta Joanne Funari at her reception, and enjoy a Mexican buffet, live music, and performances by the 2011 Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta. Feel free to wear your Fiesta attire. Sunday, July 31, 5-10 p.m. Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort (Plaza del Sol), 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard. $75 in advance; $85 at the door. Call 962-8101 or visit

La Fiesta Pequeña

“The Little Fiesta” officially opens Old Spanish Days on the steps of Santa Barbara’s historic Old Mission. This event features Fiesta’s traditional songs and dances: tunes of the Californios, and flamenco, Spanish classical, and Mexican folklórico dances. Food is available for purchase from area vendors. Wednesday, August 3, 8 p.m. Old Mission S.B., 2201 Laguna Street. Free.

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. Thursday, August 4, 10 a.m. Old Mission S.B., 2201 Laguna St. Free. For info, call 682-4713.

Celebración de los Dignatarios

Meet S.B. dignitaries and dance to a live band while enjoying appetizers and wines by area restaurants and wineries. Thursday, August 4, 5-10 pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Drive. $85 in advance. Call 962-8101 or visit

Professional Bull Riders Challenger Tour

Witness the nation’s top riders compete in bull roping. Thursday, August 4, 7:45 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 the showgrounds at 967-6331 or visit

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

Tri-county riders compete in different events all Fiesta-week long. Thursday, August 4 show features 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

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. Thursday-Saturday, August 4-6, 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. Thursday-Saturday, August 4-6, 8 p.m. S.B. County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street. Free.

Daily Fiesta Events

Santa Barbara Mission Tours

Come explore this beautiful landmark during special docent-led tours. Monday and Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 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. Wednesday-Sunday, August 3-7, 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. Wednesday-Sunday, August 3-6, 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. Wednesday-Saturday, August 3-6, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Located in MacKenzie Park, State and Las Positas streets. Free.


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