Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days Fiesta is an annual community-wide 5-day festival that begins on the Wednesday before the first Friday in August. The first local Fiesta celebration was held in 1924.

La Fiesta PequeñaOpening Ceremonies, Wednesday 8pm, Free
"The Little Fiesta" officially opens Old Spanish Days on the steps of Santa Barbara's historic Old Mission.

Historical ParadeFriday 12pm, Free
The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States and features floats depicting episodes from the history of the state and city.

Children's ParadeSaturday 10am, Free
Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents and other parade participants, don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area.

El Mercado De la GuerraWednesday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Free
Stroll through a colorful Mexican market; feast on multi-cultural foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the evening.

El Mercado Del NorteWednesday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Free + $
Enjoy multi-cultural foods and carnival rides for the kids including roller coasters, spin rides, swing rides, a fun house, and a variety of bouncies.

Our Lady of Guadalupe MercadoFriday-Sunday 11am-9pm, Free
This traditional Santa Barbara Fiesta event offers up an assortment of authentic Mexican cuisine, Spanish dance and music performances, and merchandise.

Casa CantinaWednesday-Saturday 12pm-12am, $
Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra.

Crazy Horse CantinaWednesday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Free + $
Inside El Mercado Del Norte and featuring a beer garden with live entertainment.

Stock Horse Show and RodeoThursday-Sunday, $
Enjoy Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo action with bull and bronc riding, steer wrestling plus local talent competing in mutton busting and stock horse classes at Earl Warren Showground's covered arena.

DIGS!Thursday 5-10pm, $
Gather at the hilltop of the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo with local dignataries. Sample delicious finger foods and wine tasting, presented by local restaurants and wineries, and dance the night away.

Las Noches de RondaThursday-Saturday 8pm, Free
"Nights of Gaiety" is a favorite Fiesta tradition. A splendid variety show of music, singing, fiery flamenco from Spain, vivid Folklórico dances from many regions of Mexico.

Tardes de RondaSaturday 1pm, Free
This "Afternoon of Gaiety" children's variety show, held at the Sunken Gardens of the County Courthouse, is the junior version of Las Noches de Ronda.

Fiesta Arts and Crafts ShowSaturday-Sunday 10am-5pm, Free
A countywide gathering of artisans and crafts people display a wide variety of paintings, carvings, pottery, and other wares on the oceanfront near Stearns Wharf.

Courthouse Fiesta ToursWednesday-Sunday 10am-3pm, Free
During Fiesta free guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building take place 10am-3pm every 30-minutes Wednesday-Saturday and hourly on Sunday.

Fiesta Car ShowSunday 10am-4pm, Free
A free, family-friendly event open to the general public and includes food, vendors, raffles, a beer garden, music, and exceptional cars of all types.

Fiesta Cruiser RideSunday 12pm, Free
close out the Old Spanish Days celebration with the annual (and unofficial) Fiesta Cruiser Ride up State Street and beyond.

Fiesta FinaleSunday 5:30-10pm, $
End Fiesta with an elegant evening of professional music, dance, cocktails, silent auction, dinner, and dessert.

Fiesta RancheraOpens Fiesta's summer season, $
Celebrate Fiesta in Goleta with Goleta Valley Historical Society and Old Spanish Days at this tasting event at Rancho La Patera and Stow House.

La Recepción del PresidenteThe inaugural event for Fiesta week, $
Enjoy song, dance, and food at the Hilton Resort Rotunda. Guests are personally greeted by the official receiving line for the current La Presidenta / El Presidente.

Project Fiesta: A History of Old Spanish DaysWednesday-Sunday, Free
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum showcases an exhibit titled "Project Fiesta: A History of Old Spanish Days," which focuses on the important roles Fiesta has played in the Santa Barbara community.