Old Spanish Days – Fiesta

Santa Barbara, CA. July 31 - August 4, 2024

Partnerships with the Historic Lobero Theatre and KEYT-TV highlight the deep spirit of history, community and inclusion that is Fiesta

Posted Mar 27, 2023

On the steps of the historic Lobero Theatre, where in 1924 the beloved community festival known as “Fiesta” started, board members from Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara (OSD) and the Lobero Theatre unveiled the official poster for the 2023 Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta Auditions. This marks the third year in a row that the Lobero has generously partnered with OSD to bring the Auditions to their historic stage.   

On April 15, 2023, the pageantry of Old Spanish Days Fiesta will be on full display when 22 talented young dancers complete for the title of Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta. The community is invited to share in the excitement of the day and watch the talented dancers perform. Tickets are on sale at the Lobero box office, the performance will also be live streamed on the OSD website at www.sbfiesta.org

“We could not be more grateful to the Lobero Theatre for their ongoing generosity,” said 2023 El Presidente David Bolton. “It will be a dream come true for many of the finalists to dance on the historic stage where Fiesta started 99 years ago this August.”

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OSD also announced today an expanded partnership between OSD and local television station, KEYT-TV. 

In support of its growing collection of local channels, the “Spirit Auditions” will be replayed during primetime programing on Saturday April 29 and on Sunday April 30, 7-9 pm, on KEYT’s the Now Channel 13.

Finally, one of the most exciting announcements made today was that the partnership with KEYT-TV will include, for the first time ever, simultaneous multi-language live broadcasts of La Fiesta Pequeña (Wednesday, August 2, 2023) and El Desfile Histórico (Friday, August 5, 2023).  Viewers can watch these historic events in English on NewsChannel 3 and in Spanish on Telemundo Costa Central, Cox Cable Channel 15.

“Old Spanish Days Fiesta is appreciative of the more than 50-year relationship with KEYT,” added 2023 El Presidente David Bolton. “It is a tremendous service to our community to be able to broadcast multiple events this year live in both English and Spanish during Fiesta. We are looking forward to the start of our Fiesta broadcast season with the exciting Spirit of Fiesta Auditions in April.”