Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara - Fiesta

Old Spanish Days Announces 2023 Leadership Team for 99th Fiesta

Posted Oct 20, 2022
Old Spanish Days Announces 2023 Leadership Team for 99th Fiesta

Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the leadership team for Fiesta 2023.  The elected team includes the Executive Committee composed of: El Presidente David Bolton; El Primer Vice Presidente Brian Schwabecher; El Segundo Vice Presidente Fritz Olenberger; La Secretaria Stephanie Petlow; and El Tesorero Colin Hayward.  The elected Division Chiefs are: Division Chief of Celebrations Janice Howell; Division Chief of Dance & Entertainment Patricia Oreña; Division Chief of External Relations Angelique Davis; Division Chief of Marketplaces Andrea Caplan; Division Chief of Pageantry Tony Miller.

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Fiesta 2022 Opening Ceremonies This Wednesday

Posted Jul 31, 2022

For the first time in three years, Santa Barbara is having a Fiesta! And this Wednesday, as is tradition, the official opening of the five days of Fiesta will be held at Mercado De La Guerra counting down to the opening of the Mercados at 11 am. 

Everyone is cordially invited to attend this annual event where Old Spanish Days and Santa Barbara City officials, join local dignitaries and community members to officially cut the ribbon and open Fiesta for its 98th year. 

“Fiesta is here,” said 2022 La Presidente Maria Cabrera, “The entire Old Spanish Days family thanks everyone in the community -- our valued volunteers, members of our business community, and city and county staff and elected officials – everyone has worked hard, and has worked together, to make this year’s Fiesta a success for our community. We have not been able to have a full Fiesta since 2019, and everyone is ready. We hope that you enjoy Fiesta. Please stay safe, have fun, and remember, Todos Juntos en Familia.” 

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Parade Street Closures Friday, August 5, 2022

6:00 a.m.
The Forming Area for the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade will be closed on the following streets: 00 &100 blocks of Castillo St, 300 block of W. Mason St, 400 - 700 blocks of Shoreline Dr. (both lanes).

6:00 a.m.
Cabrillo Blvd, between Castillo St. and State St, will be restricted to local traffic only until 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
Cabrillo Blvd, between Castillo and Corona Del Mar, will also be closed to ALL traffic. However, buses, taxis, and local deliveries will be allowed only until 11:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta Parade begins.

3:00 p.m.
Approximate ending time of the Parade.  Street sweepers will immediately follow the parade with each block reopening once it's been swept.


Parking on Cabrillo Blvd. will be restricted starting at 6:00am. Spectators may quickly stop to drop off seating. Blankets before the street is closed but they may not leave vehicles parked on the Blvd.

Parking will be available in the Palm Park Lot on the ocean side at Garden Street, but vehicle parked there will not be allowed to leave until the streets are re-opened after the parade procession has returned and passed Garden Street.

Spectators are permitted to set out their chairs and blankets starting at 5:00pm the night before as long as they don’t impede public use of the sidewalk. Just a friendly reminder that City parks and beaches close 30 minutes after sunset and overnight camping is not permitted.

Upcoming Events

May 21, 2022
La Primavera
5 PM - 10 PM

June 16, 2022
Fiesta Ranchera
5 PM - 10 PM

Sunday, July 31, 2022
El Presidente Party

Wednesday, August 3 - Saturday, August 6, 2022
El Mercado del Norte
10 AM - 10 PM
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 3 - Saturday, August 6, 2022
El Mercado De La Guerra
11 AM - 10 PM

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
La Fiesta Pequeña - Old Mission Santa Barbara
8 PM - 10 PM

Thursday, August 4, 2022
DIGS! (Celebración de los Dignatarios) - Santa Barbara Zoo
5 PM - 10 PM

Thursday-Sunday, August 4-7, 2022
Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo

Thursday-Saturday, August 4-6, 2022
Noches de Ronda - Sunken Gardens, Santa Barbara County Courthouse
8 PM - 10 PM

Friday, August 5, 2022
El Desfile Histórico
Cabrillo Boulevard from Castillo Street to Calle Puerto Vallarta
12 Noon - 1:30 PM
Reserved Parade Seating

Friday, August 5, 2022
Horsemen’s Rendezvous

Friday, August 5, 2022
Flor y Canto
Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens
7 PM - 8 PM

Saturday, August 6, 2022
El Desfile de los Niños (Children's Parade)
Cabrillo Boulevard from Garden Street to Calle Puerto Vallarta
10 AM - 11:30 AM
For more information contact: ChildrensFies[email protected]

Saturday-Sunday, August 6-7, 2022
Arts and Crafts Show
10 AM - 6 PM

A Message from the Board

As we emerge from two years of COVID restrictions, Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. is committed to returning to Fiesta events as we knew them before the pandemic, while maintaining the safety of our community.  We continue to work with the City of Santa Barbara in areas such as parade route planning.  The schedule and nature of Fiesta events as presented here are to the best of our knowledge, but are subject to change due to uncertainties that are beyond our control.

A Special Thank You to our Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2022 Sponsors:

Albertsons, American Riviera Bank, Bartlett, Pringle and Wolf, LLP, Community West Bank, EdHat, FLIR, Home Improvement Center, Jordanos, KEYT, Montecito Bank and Trust, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara County Bowl Foundation, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara News-Press, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, The VoiceSB, TourSpain, Union Bank.

Please consider supporting Old Spanish Days by purchasing items like the 2022 poster from our online store. 

Get Connected to Fiesta


Learn how you and your organization can get involved and be part of this wonderful tradition.


Old Spanish Days seeks volunteers to assist with the many community events during Fiesta.


With you donation, you can help ensure that the Old Spanish Days traditions continue.