Old Spanish Days – Santa Barbara Fiesta
August 2 – 6 2017
Since the first “Old Spanish Days” in 1924, Fiesta has been a celebration of Santa Barbara’s history and is one of the largest regional festivals in the United States. This year’s theme is “Unity Through Community”.
Wednesday, August 2nd
La Fiesta Pequeña 8 pm at The Mission
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 2016 Spirit. This event is free to the public.
Thursday ,Friday & Saturday August 3rd – 5th
Las Noches de Ronda 8 pm at The Courthouse
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.
Friday, August 4th
El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade) 12 noon
This year marks the 93rd 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 3rd.
Saturday, August 5th
Annual El Desfile De Los Niños (Children’s Parade) 10 am
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.
Sunday, August 6th
West Coast Symphony Annual Free Fiesta Concert 3:30 pm
Bring the family, snacks, and lawn chairs for an afternoon of beautiful music conducted by Dr. Michael Shasberger. Held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
For more information and a complete calendar of Fiesta events go tohttp://oldspanishdays-fiesta.org/events/events-calendar
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