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Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Fiesta {local events}

While we’re on a festival kick (we just blogged about all the amazing beer and wine festivals coming up in the 805!) we thought we’d let you know of another fun, delicious, and entertaining festival in Santa Barbara taking place through this weekend (July 30th – August 3rd)– the 90th Anniversary of the Old Spanish Days!

Now this festival– or should we say fiesta– is full of live entertainment, authentic Spanish and Mexican American food served by local restaurants, historic tours, parades, kid friendly fun, and the list goes on and on.  Below we have a list of several events taking place during Old Spanish Days and you can check out their website for more detailed information.

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Old Spanish Days Events-

Thursday, July 30th:

Celebracion de los Dignatarios- 5pm – 10pm {$$}: you can enjoy appetizers and wines presented by local restaurants and wineries while taking in the Santa Barbara Zoo’s lush gardens and beautiful views.  There will also be live music and of course dancing is strongly encouraged!

Friday, August 1st:

El Desfile Historico Parade – 12 noon {free!}: The 90th Anniversary of the Fiesta Historical Parade is considered one of the largest equestrian parades in the U.S., which sounds like an event not to be missed! The parade includes costumed dancers, musicians, horses and more. It proceeds along Cabrillo Blvd to State Street and up to Sola Street.

Flor Y Canto – 7pm {free!}: you can see original Spanish California dances and songs from the 19th century performed by local residents in authentic costumes. Make sure to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the free show!

Saturday, August 2nd:

84th Annual El Desfile de los Ninos – 10am {free!}: young kids and partents parade in costumes down State Street from Victoria to Ortega Streets.

Kiwanis Fiesta Pancake Breakfast – 7am – 12 noon {$}: pancake breakfast hosted in Alameda Park – all the proceeds go directly to support activities that benefit children in SB county.

Tardes de Ronda – 1pm – 5pm {free!}: Children show off their colorful costumes and talents located at th beautiful Sunken Gardens at the County Courthouse.

Sunday, August 3rd:

Annual Free Fiesta Concert of West Coast Symphony – 3:30pm {free!}: The concert is an event not to be missed. Bring the family, a picnic, and lawn chairs and appreciate the live music at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens.

Recurring Events (July 30th – August 3rd):

Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours- time varies per day {$}: includes special docent led tour of the beautiful Santa Barbara Mission.  If you have never visited this historic landmark it’s a must see!

El Mercado de la Guerra- 11am – 11pm {free!}: you can stroll through the colorful market and try authentic Spanish and Mexican-American dishes, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment.

El Mercado del Norte– 11am – 11pm {free!}: this is the place for food and fun for the whole family including a fiesta carnival, a food court including the Crazy Horse Cantina serving cold beer margaritas (perfect for these hot August evenings!), and live music and dancing.

Casa Cantina – 12pm – 12am {$}: Mexican style cantina featuring beer and margaritas – sounds like a must see! Pay a fee, relax and enjoy a cold drink (or two)!

Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show – 10am – 7pm {free!}: gathering of artisans and crafts displayed along Cabrillo Blvd, west of Stearns Wharf.

Fiesta at Paseo Nuevo – 4:45pm – 7pm {free!}: is a variety show of music, singing, Spanish Flamenco dancers and Mexican Folklorico dancers.

Las Noches de Ronda- 8pm {free!}: At the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival you can enjoy music from several mariachi bands and singers at the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse.

There are also several (at least 2 a day) Fiesta Stock Horse Shows & Rodeos and Professional Bull Riders Challenge Tours at the Earl Warren Showgrounds! The morning shows & rodeos are free, but the evening competitions cost a fee – you can visit for tickets and more info.

santa barbara rodeo


As you can see, there’s a lot going on in Santa Barbara this weekend- so if you don’t have plans yet, we definitely recommend checking it out! We took to Pacific Surfliner Amtrak to Santa Barbara last weekend so we were there earlier in the week and got to experience the excitement around the upcoming Old Spanish Days festivities!


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