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Santa Barbara Fiesta 2015 – Things To Do

  • August 4, 2015
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Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours, August 5 – August 9
Come explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information and pricing please contact the Santa Barbara Mission at (805) 682-4713.
Wednesday thru Friday: at 11 AM and 1:30 PM;
Saturday: at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM;
Sunday: at 1:30 PM.

Courthouse Fiesta Tours; 10:00am–3:00pm, August 5 – August 9
Free guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building take place between 10 AM and 3 PM, every half hour Wednesday thru Saturday and every hour Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
For more information please call (805) 962-6464 or visit the information desk located in the lobby near the main archway.

El Mercado de la Guerra; 11:00am–11:00pm, August 5 – August 8
Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (across from City Hall) to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening. Mercado de la Guerra is located in De La Guerra Plaza, on the first block of East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This event is free.

El Mercado Del Norte; 11:00am–11:00pm August 5 – August 8
Come for the fun and the food, stay for the music and dancing. Check out our four distinct “neighborhoods” for all of the family: the food court where you can watch daily entertainment and enjoy Fiesta foods; the Fiesta Bazaar for souvenirs; Fiesta Carnival with rides and attractions for the kids; and the Crazy Horse Cantina for icy cold beer margaritas and live entertainment in the evening to get you out on the dance floor. Mercado Del Norte is located in Mackenzie Park at the corner of State Street and Las Positas Street in the San Roque area. This event is free.

Casa Cantina; 12:00 noon–12:00 midnight, August 5 – August 8
Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 11th annual Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta! Held at Casa de la Guerra, 15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. General Admission fee required, free admission for SBTHP members. For more information please call (805) 965-0093. This is a twenty-one and over event – ID required.

Wednesday, August 5th
La Fiesta Pequeña; 8:00pm
As the August sun slowly sets behind the “Queen of the Missions”, experience the Franciscans hospitality as they welcome all to enjoy the official opening of Old Spanish Days Fiesta at this beautiful setting as they have since 1927. La Fiesta Pequeña, “Little Fiesta”, is a colorful, historical program which includes traditional songs and dance from Californios, Flamenco, Spanish classical and Mexican folklorico, an appearance from Saint Barbara, and a special performance from the 2015 Spirit. This event is free to the public. Blankets, chairs or any other items left to reserve seating at Fiesta Pequena will not be allowed until 9 AM on Wednesday, the morning before the show. Any items before this time will be removed and confiscated by the City Parks Department. Thank you for your compliance.

Crazy Horse Cantina; 11:00AM-10:30PM, August 5 – August 8
The Crazy Horse Cantina, inside Mercado Del Norte, features a beer garden with live entertainment and is a favorite gathering spot for locals during Fiesta. It is host during the day to Fiesta’s battle of the bands competition where aspiring new talent come to play. At night and all day Saturday the Cantina turns into a beer garden with entertainment from the top area bands. After 5 PM on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and after 4 PM on Saturday the Cantina is a 21 and over only event – ID required.

Thursday, August 6th
La Misa del Presidente; 10:00am
Held on the second day of Fiesta in the morning, the Saint Barbara Parish invites those of all faiths to enjoy High Mass in the main church of Old Mission Santa Barbara. La Misa is held in honor of El Presidente and the Old Spanish Days Board, celebrating both the long-standing relationship between the Old Mission and Old Spanish Days as well as the entire Fiesta community. This Roman Catholic Mass dates back to the first day of Fiesta in 1936 and today is followed by a festive reception in the Mission’s Sacred Garden. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information please contact the Santa Barbara Mission at (805) 682-4713.

Thursday, August 6th
Celebración de los Dignatarios; 5:00pm–10:00pm
Prepare to kick off this year’s Fiesta at the Zoo! Throw on a gaucho hat, shine up those dancing shoes, and bring an appetite for fun. Dignatarios kicks off Fiesta week with the wildest party in Santa Barbara. New this year: all-in-one pricing for admission, drinks, and food! No drink tickets needed for the infamous “Digs” margaritas, icy cold beer, tasty regional wines and other cocktails. Enjoy yummy appetizers from top local eateries, boogie to the stinging sounds of King Bee and DJ Hecktik, and hobnob with VIPs…like you! Viva los Dignatarios! Held at the Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.For guests ages 21+ only. Tickets are $110 in advance and $120 at the door and include food and drinks. Purchase your tickets here! Park at the DoubleTree Resort and catch the Dignatarios shuttle in the parking lot. Or, ride MTD’s Downtown Waterfront Electric Shuttle. MTD Stop: At the Zoo entrance.
Las Noches de Ronda (“Nights of Gaiety”); 8:00pm, August 6th – August 8th
Las Noches de Ronda, “Nights of Gaiety”, is held in the famous Sunken Gardens of the beautiful Santa Barbara County Courthouse. The evening performances feature spectacular dances and songs from the fire of flamenco to the charm of Mexican folklórico dances. Over 200 performers entertain nightly and donate their time to this wonderful event. Admission is free to the public.

Thursday, August 6th
Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); 8:00am
Fiesta Tri-County Stock Horse show brings in riders from the tri-counties to compete in the Alisal Ranch Horse Class, Fiesta Ranch Horse Class, Old Timers Team Roping and Steer Stopping. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For tickets and information visit the official Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo website, call (805) 688-5093, or visit the Showground’s box office during Fiesta.

Thursday, August 6th
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Challenger Tour; 7:45pm
The Earl Warren Showgrounds Arena is the setting of the only professional bull riding event in Santa Barbara County. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for rodeo fans of all ages to witness the greatest riders in the world – and where every seat is up close and personal! Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR’s insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Ticket prices TBA. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Tickets available by calling (805) 688-5093. For more information visit www.sbfiestarodeo.com.

Friday, August 7th
Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); 7:00am & 12:00noon
Junior Tri-Counties riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For tickets and information please visit www.sbfiestarodeo.com, call (805) 688-5093, or visit the Showground’s box office during Fiesta.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado; 11:00am-9:00pm, August 7th – August 9th
Community Event FREE Enjoy one of the best traditions of Fiesta. Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado serves up a wide array of authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment.Visit a local secret at 227 North Nopal Street and experience homemade goodness for the whole family!

Friday, August 7th
El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade); 12:00 noon
This year marks the 91st anniversary of the Fiesta Historical Parade. It is unique to Santa Barbara and features floats depicting episodes from the history of the state and city. Descendants of local Native Americans, Spanish Pioneers, the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and local service clubs and organizations all reenact historical scenes. It is one of the nation’s largest equestrian parades, featuring over 600 horses, as well as many antique carriages, coaches and wagons. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street.
Viewing the Parade is free. Seats can be set up ahead of time along the State Street segment of the Parade route only – seats can be set up no earlier than 5 PM on Thursday, August 6th.

Thursday, August 6th
Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo ; 7:30pm
The Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo at Earl Warren Showgrounds is a colorful, action-packed tribute to America’s first cowboy – the Vaquero. Rodeo participants compete in Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’ and Saddle Bronco Riding, plus PRCA Team Roping, Barrel-Racing and Bull Riding. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For tickets and information please visit www.sbfiestarodeo.com, call (805) 688-5093, or visit the Showground’s box office during Fiesta.

Friday, August 7th
Flor y Canto; 7:00pm
Here is a rare opportunity to see the original Spanish California dances & songs of the 19th century. Interwoven with historic narration, the musical numbers are accompanied on replica acoustic instruments. These unique songs & dances are performed by local residents in authentic costumes much as they would have been 150 years ago. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show! Held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This event is free.

Saturday, August 8th
Kiwanis Fiesta Pancake Breakfast *; 7:00am-12:00pm
The Kiwanis club will be hosting their Annual Fiesta Pancake Breakfast this year. Over 4,000 guests are served at this event and all proceeds go directly to support activities that benefit children in south Santa Barbara County. It is a great opportunity for the community to get involved. Held in Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. For tickets call (805) 896-9083.

Saturday, August 8th
Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); 7:00am & 12:00noon
Junior Tri-Counties riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For tickets and information please visit www.sbfiestarodeo.com, call (805) 688-5093, or visit the Showground’s box office during Fiesta.

Saturday, August 8th
85th Annual El Desfile De Los Niños (Children’s Parade); 10:00am
The charming Children’s Parade is organized by the City Parks and Recreation Department. Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents, and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area. The parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria Street to Ortega Street. Viewing the parade is free.To participate in the parade please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (805) 564-5418 for information and an application. Ice cream for Parade participants is sponsored by MarBorg Industries.

Saturday, August 8th
Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival; 5:30pm
Enjoy an afternoon of amazing music by several mariachi bands and singers. Held at the Historic Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. For more information please visit the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival’s website. You can purchase tickets on the Santa Barbara Bowl’s Website

Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show; Saturday, August 8: 10:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday, August 9 : 10:00am – 6:00pm
Stroll along the beautiful beachfront Cabrillo Boulevard just West of Stearns Wharf and browse for handmade treasures created by local artisans. The Arts and Crafts show is an all-day event on both Saturday and Sunday of Fiesta week. Enjoy the arts and crafts while you take in Santa Barbara’s beautiful marina and a spectacular view of our coastal mountains. This event is free to the public.

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo ; 7:30pm, August 8
The Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo at Earl Warren Showgrounds is a colorful, action-packed tribute to America’s first cowboy – the Vaquero. Rodeo participants compete in Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’ and Saddle Bronco Riding, plus PRCA Team Roping, Barrel-Racing and Bull Riding. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.For tickets and information please visit www.sbfiestarodeo.com, call (805) 688-5093, or visit the Showground’s box office during Fiesta.Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros);

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); August 9, 7:00am & 12:00noon
Junior Tri-Counties riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For tickets and information please visit www.sbfiestarodeo.com, call (805) 688-5093, or visit the Showground’s box office during Fiesta.

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Competencia de los Vaqueros); Final Event, August 9, 1:30pm
Riders compete in Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Stopping, Team Penning, Mutton Bustin’ and Saddle Bronco Riding, plus PRCA Team Roping, Barrel-Racing and Bull Riding. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information and tickets please visit http://www.sbfiestarodeo.com , call (805) 588-5093 or visit the Showground’s box office during Fiesta.

West Coast Symphony 45th Annual Free Fiesta Concert; August 9, 3:30pm
Community Event Bring the family, snacks, and lawn chairs for an afternoon of beautiful music conducted by Christopher Story VI. Held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This event is free.

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