Fiesta 2017 Event Schedule

Primary Events:

This list is subject to change without notice. Please refer to OldSpanishDays-Fiesta.org for a more complete, updated list.

Fiesta 2016 Event Schedule

Primary Events:

  • Sunday, July 31 - Recepción Del Presidente: Double Tree Resort 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, Aug 3 - Fiesta Pequeña: Santa Barbara Mission 8:00pm
  • Thursday, Aug 4 - Celebración de Los Dignatarios: Santa Barbara Zoo 5:00pm
  • Thursday, Aug 4 - La Misa del Presidente (Mass): Mission 10:00am
  • Thursday, Aug 4 - Professional Bull Riding - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:45pm
  • Thursday, Aug 4 - Nóches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety): Courthouse 8:00pm
  • Friday, August 5 - Désfile Histórico (Equestrian Parade): State Street 12:00pm
  • Friday, August 5 - PRCA - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:30pm
  • Friday, August 5 - Flor Y Canto (Nóches de Ronda): Courthouse 7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - Annual El Désfile de los Niños (Children's Parade): State St 10am
  • Saturday, August 6 - Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show: Cabrillo Blvd. 10am - 7pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - Tardes de Ronda (Children's Variety Show): Courthouse 1pm - 5pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival: Santa Barbara Bowl 5:30pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - PRCA - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 7 - Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show: Cabrillo Blvd. 10am - 7pm
  • Sunday, August 7 - West Coast Symphony: Courthouse 3:30pm

This partial list of 2016 Fiesta events is subject to change without notice. Please refer to OldSpanishDays-Fiesta.org for a more complete list.

Fiesta 2015 Event Schedule

Primary Events:

  • Sunday, July 26 - Recepción Del Presidente: Double Tree Resort 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 29 - Fiesta Pequeña: Santa Barbara Mission 8:00pm
  • Thursday, July 30 - Celebración de Los Dignatarios: Santa Barbara Zoo 5:00pm
  • Thursday, July 30 - La Misa del Presidente (Mass): Mission 10:00am
  • Thursday, July 30 - Professional Bull Riding - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:45pm
  • Thursday, July 30 - Nóches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety): Courthouse 8:00pm
  • Friday, July 31 - Désfile Histórico (Equestrian Parade): State Street 12:00pm
  • Friday, July 31 - PRCA - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:30pm
  • Friday, July 31 - Flor Y Canto (Nóches de Ronda): Courthouse 7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 1 - Annual El Désfile de los Niños (Children's Parade): State St 10am
  • Saturday, August 1 - Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show: Cabrillo Blvd. 10am - 7pm
  • Saturday, August 1 - Tardes de Ronda (Children's Variety Show): Courthouse 1pm - 5pm
  • Saturday, August 1 - Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival: Santa Barbara Bowl 5:30pm
  • Saturday, August 1 - PRCA - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 2 - Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show: Cabrillo Blvd. 10am - 7pm
  • Sunday, August 2 - West Coast Symphony: Courthouse 3:30pm

This partial list of 2015 Fiesta events is subject to change without notice. Please refer to OldSpanishDays-Fiesta.org for a more complete list.

Fiesta 2014 Event Schedule

Primary Events:

  • Saturday, July 19 - La Fiesta del Museo: SB Historical Museum 5:30pm - 10pm
  • Sunday, July 27 - Recepción Del Presidente: Double Tree Resort 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 30 - Fiesta Pequeña: Santa Barbara Mission 8:00pm
  • Thursday, July 31 - Celebración de Los Dignatarios: Santa Barbara Zoo 5:00pm
  • Thursday, July 31 - La Misa del Presidente (Mass): Mission 10:00am
  • Thursday, July 31 - Professional Bull Riding - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:45pm
  • Thursday, July 31 - Nóches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety): Courthouse 8:00pm
  • Friday, August 1 - Désfile Histórico (Equestrian Parade): State Street 12:00pm
  • Friday, August 1 - PRCA - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:30pm
  • Friday, August 1 - Flor Y Canto (Nóches de Ronda): Courthouse 7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 2 - Désfile de los Niños (Children's Parade): State Street 10:00am
  • Saturday, August 2 - Tardes de Ronda (Children's Variety Show): Courthouse 3:30pm
  • Saturday, August 2 - Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival: Santa Barbara Bowl 5:30pm
  • Saturday, August 2 - PRCA - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 3- West Coast Symphony: Courthouse 3:30pm

This list is subject to change without notice. Please refer to OldSpanishDays-Fiesta.org for a more complete, updated list.

Fiesta 2013 Event Schedule

Primary Events:

  • Sunday, July 28 - Recepción Del Presidente: Double Tree Resort 5:00pm

    Art Fisher will be signing Fiesta books at this event.

  • Wednesday, July 31 - Fiesta Pequeña: Santa Barbara Mission 8:00pm

    Art Fisher will be signing Fiesta books at this event.

  • Thursday, August 1 - Celebración de Los Dignatarios: Santa Barbara Zoo 5:00pm

    Art Fisher will be signing Fiesta books at this event.

  • Thursday, August 1 - La Misa del Presidente (Mass): Mission 10:00am
  • Thursday, August 1 - Professional Bull Riding - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:45pm
  • Thursday, August 1 - Nóches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety): Courthouse 8:00pm
  • Friday, August 2 - Désfile Histórico (Equestrian Parade): State Street 12:00pm
  • Friday, August 2 - PRCA - Rodeo: Earl Warren Showgrounds 7:30pm
  • Friday, August 2 - Flor Y Canto (Nóches de Ronda): Courthouse 7:00pm
  • Friday, August 2 - Castanets and Cocktails: Courthouse 7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 3 - Désfile de los Niños (Children's Parade): State Street 10:00am
  • Saturday, August 3 - Tardes de Ronda (Children's Variety Show): Courthouse 3:30pm
  • Sunday, August 4 - Fiesta Symphony: Courthouse 3:30pm

This list is subject to change without notice. Please refer to OldSpanishDays-Fiesta.org for a more complete, updated list.

History of Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Imagine California’s Santa Barbara in the 1820s:  the centuries-old Native American presence meeting the recently-founded mission, church, and presidio culture; the grand family ranchos and vaqueros; the blending of cultures through songs, dance and lifestyle, creating timeless traditions.

Santa Barbarans have long embraced their city’s Native American, Spanish and Mexican heritages. Passed down for generations, the early California family traditions of colorful music, dance and horsemanship, together with a vaquero spirit of friendliness, hospitality and tolerance, are part of this heritage, which embodies Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

Since Fiesta’s inception in 1924, the citizens of this fine city remained steadfast to preserve, perpetuate and most of all, celebrate, what makes Santa Barbara so unique. Over the years, the Old Spanish Days celebration has come to embody more than a dozen distinct events and locations, budding with Santa Barbara’s local color, tradition and heritage.

These events draw tens of thousands of local residents and visitors alike. The Fiesta coffee table book is a timeless snapshot into the best of the Fiesta traditions and celebrations.

 

Fiesta Today

Santa Barbarans have long been eager to celebrate their beautiful city with visitors from all over the world. Iconic locations, such as the Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara Courthouse, State Street, El Paseo Restaurant, Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara Bowl, Earl Warren Showgrounds and the classic mercados & cantinas have all become home to Fiesta’s multitude of popular events.

Each year the grand finale of Fiesta takes place for a full week around the beginning of August. For months before that, however, the city ramps up with fundraisers, dance contests, costume sales and float building. Tens of thousands of people flock to Santa Barbara to watch and participate as hundreds more sing, perform historic dances, and ride horses & carriages in parades.

Local businesses close their doors early to celebrate one of the largest equestrian parades in the country. Hundreds of children and adults, decked in authentic costume, dance flamenco, folklórico, salsa, and ballet on stages throughout the city. The bars and mercados go crazy with locals and out-of-towners. And two different parades fill the streets with colorful entertainment.

The Dance Studios

The following is a list of the more promient dance studios/academies. Most of these are represented in the Fiesta book.

Please send us a note if you have additions or updates to this list.

Purchase the Fiesta coffee table book at the following locations: