Old Spanish Days Fiesta Santa Barbara!

Fiesta Week is upon us, a city-wide celebration of Old Spanish Days! All over town, the weekend is a burst of color, music, and fun with parades of horses, children, rodeos, Spanish dancing at the Old Mission, parties and street vendors.

See below for a complete guide to the festival’s official events!

We are celebrating here at the Santa Barbara Public Market too! Join us with two beer events this Thursday, August 2nd. Starting at 5pm at The Garden, welcome back Firestone Walker for a Tap Takeover featuring nine taps of their delicious California brews. Then hop over to Wine + Beer to enjoy a Fiesta-Inspired Beer Tasting featuring six craft beers inspired by Mexico!

Official Events…

Throughout the weekend…

Mercado de la Guerra, De La Guerra Plaza
Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (across from City Hall), feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment.

El Mercado del Norte, Mackenzie Park…
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.

Daily events…

Wednesday, 8pm at the Old Mission, Fiesta la Piquena – Traditional song and dance performances.

Thursday, 7:30pm  at Earl Warren Showground, Professional Bull Riders – Watch the greatest riders in the world where every seat is up close and personal! Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides by the PBR’s insanely brave cowboys.
Thursday, 8pm at Sunken Gardens, Las Noches de Ronda – Traditional song and dance performances.
Thursday, 5pm to 10pm at Santa Barbara Zoo, DIGS! – Wine, tequila, and food party with DJ Hectik and dancing.

Friday, 12pm at State Street, Fiesta Historical Parade – One of the nation’s largest equestrian parades, featuring over 600 horses, as well as many antique carriages, coaches, wagons, and floats.
Friday, 7pm at Sunken Gardens, Flor Y Canto – original Spanish California dances & songs of the 19th century. Interwoven with historic narration, the musical numbers are accompanied on replica acoustic instruments.
Friday, 7:30pm at Earl Warren Showground, PRCA Rodeo Performance – Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Saturday, 10am at State Street, Children’s Parade – Young people of Santa Barbara don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area from Victoria Street to Ortega Street.
Saturday, 1pm to 5pm at Sunken Gardens, Tardes de Ronda – The always highly attended “Afternoon of Gaiety” features the talents of performers under the age of sixteen.
Saturday, 5:30 at Santa Barbara Bowl, 23rd Annual Mariachi Festival – Featuring: Alicia Villareal, Lupillo Rivera, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, Mariachi Mariposas and Mariachi Angeles.
Saturday, 7:30pm at Earl Warren Showground, PRCA Rodeo Performance – Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Sunday, 2pm at Earl Warren Showground, PRCA Rodeo Performance – Final event! Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.
Sunday, 3:30pm at Sunken Gardens, West Coast Symphony Fiesta Concert – Bring the family, snacks, and lawn chairs for an afternoon of beautiful music conducted by Dr. Michael Shasberger.