Old Spanish Days – Fiesta

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

San Salvador greeting ceremony at sea

Posted Jul 18, 2023
Exciting plans have been unveiled for Fiesta 2023! Officials from Old Spanish Days Fiesta, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and members of the Quabajai Chumash community announced details of the historic reenactment that will take place just prior to this year’s Fiesta parade on Friday, August 4, 2023.
San Salvador greeting ceremony at sea
A Chumash tomol will greet the full-size replica of the San Salvador ship, much like the events that happened when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into our local waters in 1542. The greeting ceremony at sea will kick off the Fiesta Friday events, including the historic parade, El Desfile Histórico, that will travel along Cabrillo Boulevard beginning at noon, Mercado de la Playa, also on Cabrillo, Mercado de la Guerra at De La Guerra plaza, Noches de Ronda at the Courthouse and more!
The historic reenactment at sea will take place just west of Stearns Wharf at 10:30 am on August 4. Come out and watch!
Free, public tours of the full sized replica of the San Salvador will be held on Saturday and Sunday of the Fiesta weekend beginning at 10 am.
Image of the San Salvador courtesy of Maritime Museum Of San Diego