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Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days – Fiesta 2016

  • August 1, 2016
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gallery-noches-de-ronda-700-2Old Spanish Days Fiesta event provides an experience to residents and visitors about the history, customs and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican and early American settlers. Enjoy live international performances, parades and much more entertainment!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours

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; Thursday: Special Mission Treasures Tour at 2:30 PM;  Saturday: at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM; Sunday: at 1:30 PM.

Courthouse Fiesta Tours  (Times see below)

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.

August 1–9, 2016

Fiesta at Paseo Nuevo!

Join Paseo Nuevo as they celebrate Old Spanish Day’s Fiesta with Flamenco dance performances and live music in Center Court all week long.

Project Fiesta! Building a Complete History of Old Spanish Days  (Times Below)

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is proud to introduce a new installation titled Project Fiesta! Building A Complete History of Old Spanish Days, which focuses on the important roles Fiesta has  played in the Santa Barbara community.

Fall in love with Fiesta as memories of the festival come to life with personal stories, vintage posters, restored costumes, historical photographs, and artifacts that connect our community and celebrate our traditions.

Dates for this exhibition dates are July 7 to October 16, 2016. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Closed Monday. Admission Free. 136 East De la Guerra Street  Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

El Mercado de la Guerra  11am–11pm

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.

El Mercado Del Norte  11am–11pm

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.

Wristbands for the Carnival are $25 on Wednesday and Thursday and $30 on Friday and Saturday.

Casa Cantina  12pm–12am

Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 13th 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.

Crazy Horse Cantina  11am–10:30pm

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.

Las Noches de Ronda   8pm

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.

Blankets and chairs can be set up no earlier than 9 AM on the day of the event – please note that anything of plastic or nylon material will be removed.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado  11am–9pm

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!

El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade)  12pm ‘noon’

This year marks the 92nd 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 4th. Old Spanish Days provides a section of shaded, guaranteed seating along Cabrillo Boulevard between Bath and Chapala streets. General tickets and deluxe tickets are on sale now (space is limited)

Flor y Canto;  7pm

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.

Courthouse Legacy Foundation’s Fiesta Party Overlooking Las Noches de Ronda  6:30pm-9:30pm

View Las Noches festivities from  the Courthouse’s 2nd Floor Loggia and Mural Room.  You can also get up close and personal with VIP on-stage seats, if desired,  or take in the breathtaking sweeping city views from the Clock Tower. This event is not to be missed! Food and beverages included.  Reserve your tickets now!  No tickets sold at door.  Must be 21 to attend.

Tickets are available by phone at (805) 770-7222 or at

$ 50 each for CLF Members

$ 75 each which includes annual CLF membership

Friday, August 5, 2016

PRCA Rodeo Performance

(Competencia De Los Vaqueros)  7:30pm

Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association events, including Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.  Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo

(Competencia De Los Vaqueros)  8am & 12pm

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.

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