Thanks for a Great Fiesta 2018!

Posted Aug 15, 2018
Thanks for a Great Fiesta 2018!
I want to thank the Santa Barbara community, sponsors, collaborative partners, City and County of Santa Barbara and Old Mission Santa Barbara for participating and supporting our successful 94th year of celebrating our tradition of Old Spanish Days Fiesta.
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2018 OSD Fiesta Poster and Commemorative Pin Unveiled at La Primavera

Posted May 21, 2018
2018 OSD Fiesta Poster and Commemorative Pin Unveiled at La Primavera
During a spectacular Fiesta kick off event, 2018 La Presidenta Denise Sanford unveiled this year’s official Fiesta Poster and Commemorative Pin before a large crowd at La Primavera.
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2018 Spirit of Fiesta and Junior Spirit

Posted Apr 20, 2018
2018 Spirit of Fiesta and Junior Spirit
A Santa Barbara tradition continued Saturday April 14th as a boisterous crowd of nearly 600 people packed the auditorium of La Cumbre Junior High School for the Spirit of Fiesta Auditions. The crowd was treated to astounding performances by the 11 finalists for the Spirit of Fiesta and the 9 finalist for the Junior Spirit of Fiesta.
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Proclamación de la Presidenta 2018

Posted Mar 05, 2018
Proclamación de la Presidenta 2018
In searching for the inspiration for this year’s theme I spent a lot of time contemplating the special connection that Old Spanish Days Fiesta has with our community. The mission of Old Spanish Days is to celebrate and perpetuate the rich history of our beautiful city and its traditions; which born from necessity grew into a way of life which makes Santa Barbara distinctively unique among all of California’s coastal cities.
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Old Spanish Days Announces 2018 Fiesta Theme

Posted Feb 21, 2018
Old Spanish Days Announces 2018 Fiesta Theme
Surrounded by members of the extended Fiesta Family, 2018 Old Spanish Days La Presidenta Denise Sanford unveiled this year’s Fiesta theme – Celebrate Traditions – words that will set the tone for this summer’s celebrations.
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¡Viva la Fiesta - Viva la Comunidad!

Posted Oct 13, 2017
¡Viva la Fiesta - Viva la Comunidad!
A big thank you to our community for participating in a very successful Old Spanish Days Fiesta. To serve as La Presidente for our 93rd annual celebration was a truly humbling experience that I will never forget.
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Old Spanish Days Names 2018 Leadership Team for 94th Fiesta

Posted Oct 13, 2017
Old Spanish Days Names 2018 Leadership Team for 94th Fiesta
The organizing group for Santa Barbara’s weeklong Fiesta has named its leadership and executive team for the 94th edition of one of this country’s largest regional festivals. Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara has selected its Executive Committee, including the eighth Fiesta La Presidente to lead the organization, as well as five Division Chiefs who will oversee a variety of events from Celebrations to Pageantry and from Dance and Entertainment to Mercados and External Relations.
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2017 Fiesta Poster and Pin Unveiled at La Primavera

Posted May 20, 2017
2017 Fiesta Poster and Pin Unveiled at La Primavera
On a perfect spring evening and at a lively La Primavera celebration transformed into an “Evening in Spain”, this year’s Fiesta La Presidente Rhonda Ledson Henderson unveiled the 2017 Fiesta Poster and Pin before a throng of local dignitaries, community leaders and supporters of Old Spanish Days Fiesta.
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Proclamación de la Presidente 2017

Posted Apr 14, 2017
Proclamación de la Presidente 2017
For 93 years, since the first “Old Spanish Days” in 1924, Fiesta has been a celebration of the rich history that makes Santa Barbara such a special place. Annually, the experiences shared during Fiesta serves as a uniting force in our community.
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Old Spanish Days Announces 2017 Fiesta Theme

Posted Feb 08, 2017
Old Spanish Days Announces 2017 Fiesta Theme
Surrounded by local community and civic Leaders, and with the sacred garden of Old Mission Santa Barbara serving as a historic backdrop, 2017 Old Spanish Days La Presidente Rhonda Ledson Henderson unveiled this year’s Fiesta theme – Unity through Community. In Spanish, Unidos en Comunidad.
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Many Thanks To All!

Posted Nov 01, 2016
Many Thanks To All!
What a great Fiesta 2016! It was a great privilege and honor to serve as this year’s El Presidente. I am truly appreciative of Santa Barbara’s involvement and appreciation of Fiesta.
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Old Spanish Days Names Leadership Team For 93rd Fiesta

Posted Nov 01, 2016
Old Spanish Days Names Leadership Team For 93rd Fiesta
The organizing group for Santa Barbara’s weeklong Fiesta has named its leadership team for the 93rd edition of one of this country’s largest regional festivals. Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara has selected its Executive Committee, including the seventh Fiesta La Presidente to lead the organization, as well as five Division Chiefs who will oversee a variety of events from Celebrations to Pageantry and from Dance and Entertainment to Mercados and External Relations.
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Project Fiesta! Building a Complete History of Old Spanish Days

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Project Fiesta! Building a Complete History of Old Spanish Days
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is proud to introduce a new installation titled Project Fiesta! Building A Complete History of Old Spanish Days, which focuses on the important roles Fiesta has played in the Santa Barbara community. Fall in love with Fiesta as memories of the festival come to life with personal stories, vintage posters, restored costumes, historical photographs, and artifacts that connect our community and celebrate our traditions.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau Named Grand Marshal for Santa Barbara’s Historical Fiesta Parade

Posted Jul 19, 2016
Jean-Michel Cousteau Named Grand Marshal for Santa Barbara’s Historical Fiesta Parade
The environmentalist who created the Ocean Futures Society will lead the parade for this year's celebrations, which have the theme of "The Coastal Frontier" A gloomy morning turned into a beautiful Tuesday afternoon as Jean-Michel Cousteau stood aboard the Double Dolphin and accepted his position as grand marshal for this year’s Historical Fiesta Parade.
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Ninth Annual Fiesta Ranchera at Rancho La Patera & Stow House in Goleta

Posted Jun 18, 2016
Ninth Annual Fiesta Ranchera at Rancho La Patera & Stow House in Goleta
Fiesta Ranchera is now Goleta’s biggest event of the year. For the first time, Fiesta Ranchera incorporated an all-inclusive format with over 20 restaurants, wineries and breweries to sample from. The event is a 50/50 fundraiser for Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society at a location steeped in California history.
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South Coast Business & Technology Awards Honor’s Old Spanish Days

Posted Jun 14, 2016
Local leaders in business and technology gather to recognize individuals and companies who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to ensuring the economic vitality of the South Coast of Santa Barbara County. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara’s South Coast Business & Technology Awards Fund, which grants scholarships to local students studying business and technology-related subjects at local schools.
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Fiesta Summer Season to Open with Fiesta Ranchera Tasting Event

Posted Jun 13, 2016
Fiesta Summer Season to Open with Fiesta Ranchera Tasting Event
The ninth annual Fiesta Ranchera will open Fiesta’s summer season June 16 starting at 5 p.m. at the historic Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Road in Goleta. This popular tasting event, co-hosted by Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara and the Goleta Valley Historical Society, offers a festive evening of pre-Fiesta fun, food, music and dancing
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La Primavera Party held at Historic Rancho Dos Pueblo

Posted May 16, 2016
La Primavera Party held at Historic Rancho Dos Pueblo
In past years, the official kickoff and major fundraiser to Fiesta has taken place downtown, but on this Saturday evening, hundreds of people dined and danced under the stars and next to the ocean at Rancho Dos Pueblos. The isolated ranch and even more isolated beach was the perfect location for this year's theme: Santa Barbara - The Coastal Frontier.
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Spirit and Junior Spirit for 2016

Posted Apr 19, 2016
Spirit and Junior Spirit for 2016
About 450 enthusiastic community members turned out for the Spirit of Fiesta Auditions on Saturday afternoon at La Cumbre Junior High School on Santa Barbara’s Westside. The crowd was treated to incredible performances by the 12 finalists for the Spirit of Fiesta and the 11 finalists for the Junior Spirit of Fiesta. 
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Proclamación del Presidente 2016

Posted Apr 05, 2016
Proclamación del Presidente 2016
It is with my great pleasure to extend to you, residents and visitors of Santa Barbara, a gracious “Bienvenidos a Todos!” This marks the 92nd year our community will celebrate our seaside town’s multicultural history and traditions.
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