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Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017 - Sunday, August 6, 2017

Santa Barbarans have long been proud of their city's heritage from Spanish founders and from the Spanish, Mexican and North American pioneers who first settled here and built the city. The tradition of colorful music, dance, and song together with a spirit of friendliness, hospitality and tolerance are part of this heritage which the Fiesta "Old Spanish Days In Santa Barbara" seeks to preserve and perpetuate.
For the full list of this weekend's events, visit oldspanishdays-fiesta.org/events/events-calendar

El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade) 12pm '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. x

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. Old Spanish Days provides a section of shaded, guaranteed seating along Cabrillo Boulevard between Bath and Chapala streets.   

Casa Cantina

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.

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. 

 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.

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

Drinks at Dusk with the Santa Barbara Mission

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Join the Franciscan Friars for wine, beer, appetizers, and a behind-the-scenes visit this Summer! All proceeds benefit the Mission Preservation Fund for the conservation of art, artifacts, buildings, and the Historic Cemetery.

WHEN: Saturday, July 29th 2017 and Thursday, August 10th 2017

WHERE: The Old Mission Sacred Garden

TIME: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

NOTE: Tickets may be picked up at Will Call on the day of the event. All guests must be 21 and over with valid I.D. All members of your party must be present in order to receive tickets.

Photo via Old Santa Barbara Mission

Studio Sunday

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 13:30 to 16:30

Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum's front steps. On the second Sunday of each month participants explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper. All projects are inspired by works of art in the Museum's permanent collection or special exhibitions. Participants also receive free passes for entrance to the muse

In August, mix media by painting a watercolor landscape background then layering a transparent print of Édouard-Denis Baldus’ Pont du Gard (ca. 1860) over the composition.

Photo via Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Hans Zimmer at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - Sunday, August 13, 2017 ‘Hans Zimmer Live on Tour 2017’ is a multi-layered experience for concertgoers and a must-see concert event, featuring career-spanning music from Zimmer's multi-decade career.

 The concert will be in two parts: the first being some of Zimmer's classic movie scores including GLADIATOR,THE LION KING and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and the second featuring re-imagined versions of some classic scores such as THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY and INCEPTION with special guests from the rock and pop world. 

Photo via Santa Barbara Bowl

Santa Barbara Tasting Tours

The Taste of Santa Barbara walking tour introduces guests to six different tasty locations in downtown Santa Barbara. Over the course of the three hour tour, guests get to sample French pastries, Northern Italian dishes, gourmet cheese, local wine, handcrafted chocolates, and East Coast deli fare. Tour includes a total of six shops combined with local history and info about architectural points of interest along the way. Tours run every Saturday, as well as occasional Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Private tours also available 7 days a week for groups of 6 or more. Tickets are 75$ each and include six tastings, all taxes and tips. For a complete schedule visit the Santa Barbara Tasting Tours website. 


Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara Tasting Tours 

Local's Night at the Public Market

Monday, February 8, 2016 - Monday, February 8, 2016  
Head down to the Santa Barbara Public Market every Monday starting at 5pm and take advantage of one-night-only merchant specials, games prizes and FUN! Come play games like Cards Against Humanity, Dominos, Boggle, Yahtzee and Connect Four + GIANT Jenga and enjoy "locals only" food + drink specials from participating merchants! The Stabiles Santa Barbara mobile boutique will also pop-up outside of the market, offering 10% off merchandise during Local’s Night only! With every purchase of a merchant special, you will receive a raffle ticket to fill out and turn in for a chance to win prizes... the more you shop and eat, the more chances you'll have to WIN! Every night will feature a delicious pop-up dinner from a local vendor. 

Cabrillo Art Walk

Whole Year  
Stroll on down to Cabrillo Boulevard every Sunday morning to enjoy the work of many local Santa Barbara artists. This tradition has been going on every Sunday for years! Whether you wish to check out the art show, walk down the wharf to get an ice cream, visit the touch tank at the Natural History Museum's Sea Center or wander out to the end of the wharf to watch the pelicans catch fish off the pier, there is always something to do or see! This is a great way to end your weekend as well as a family friendly event for all ages!

 Every Sunday 10am-Dusk
Location: Cabrillo Boulevard
Price: FREE

Tuesday Farmers Market

The Santa Barbara Farmers Market takes place Tuesday afternoons on State Street between Haley and Ortega Street. Stroll down State Street and enjoy the street performers, samples, and fresh stock ranging from fruit to flowers!

The Market is open from 4:00pm-7:30pm. 

1st Thursday

1st Thursday is an evening of arts and culture in downtown Santa Barbara on the first Thursday of each month. Participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing arts. This is a great opportunity for visitors to see the diversity of downtown all in one night.

The festivities are from 5-8pm all over downtown Santa Barbara. There are printable guides and maps available. 

For additional information, please visit the website below: