Fiesta Events Calendar 2020

Pre-Fiesta Events

  • Sat Apr 18

    Spirit of Fiesta Auditions/ 12pm-4:30pm/ Postponed -- Date TBD

    Spirit of Fiesta Auditions/ 12pm-4:30pm/ Saturday April 18, 2020

    OSD EVENTYESDANCEMUSIC

    Young performers dedicate countless hours preparing for this annual event and for the honor to represent Old Spanish Days as the “Spirit of Fiesta” and the “Junior Spirit of Fiesta.”

  • Sat May 16

    La Primavera/ 5-10pm/ Postponed -- Date TBD

    La Primavera Old Spanish Days

    OSD EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Join El Presidente Erik Davis and the Old Spanish Days Board to kick off the upcoming 96th Annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Celebrate at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara with an all-inclusive evening of amazing food, drinks and entertainment.

  • Thu Jun 18

    Fiesta Ranchera/ 5-10pm/Thursday, June 18, 2020

    Fiesta Ranchera

    OSD EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    This event is held at the historical Rancho la Patera Gardens for an evening of fabulous food from local restaurants. The evening also includes performances from the 2019 Spirit and Junior Spirit and Fiesta, live entertainment, and ending the evening with dancing among the gardens to Area 51.

  • Sat Jul 11

    Old Spanish Days Annual Costume Sale/ 9am-1pm/ Saturday July 11th, 2020

    Old Spanish Days Annual Costume Sale

    OSD EVENTFREE

    Don't miss out on this perfect opportunity to find your fiesta costumes! Held at the Carriage and Western Art Museum, 129 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 on July 11th, 2020 starting at 9 AM.

  • Sun Aug 2

    La Recepción del Presidente/ 5-10pm/ Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

    La Recepción del Presidente

    OSD EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Every year, La Recepción del Presidente kicks off Fiesta week. A wonderful evening in the beautiful outdoor Plaza del Sol at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, this event brings together Fiesta history with the excitement of the Fiesta to come.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Wed Aug 5

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building take place between 10 AM and 3 PM, every 'half-hour' Wednesday thru Saturday and 'every-hour' Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

  • Wed Aug 5

    El Mercado de la Guerra/ 11am to 11pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    El Mercado de la Guerra/ 11am to 11pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (across from City Hall) to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours/ Wednesday

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTYES

    Come explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Crazy Horse Cantina/ 11am–10:30pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    Crazy Horse Cantina/ 11am–10:30pm

    OSD EVENTYESDANCEMUSIC

    The Crazy Horse Cantina, inside Mercado Del Norte, features a beer garden with live entertainment and is a favorite gathering spot for locals during Fiesta. It is host during the day to Fiesta's battle of the bands competition where aspiring new talent come to play.

  • Wed Aug 5

    El Mercado Del Norte/ 11am–11pm / Wednesday-Saturday

    El Mercado Del Norte/11am–11pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    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 and live entertainment in the evening to get you out on the dance floor.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Casa Cantina/ 12pm-12am/ Wednesday-Saturday

    Casa Cantina/12pm-12am

    COMMUNITY EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 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!

  • Wed Aug 5

    La Fiesta Pequeña “Little Fiesta”/ 8pm/ Wednesday

    La Fiesta Pequeña “Little Fiesta”/ 8pm/ Wednesday

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREEDANCEMUSIC

    La Fiesta Pequeña, “Little Fiesta”, is a colorful, historical program which includes traditional songs and dance from Californios Spirit. This event is free to the public.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

  • Wed Aug 5

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building take place between 10 AM and 3 PM, every 'half-hour' Wednesday thru Saturday and 'every-hour' Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours/ Wednesday

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTYES

    Come explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

  • Wed Aug 5

    El Mercado de la Guerra/ 11am to 11pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    El Mercado de la Guerra/ 11am to 11pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (across from City Hall) to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening.

  • Wed Aug 5

    El Mercado Del Norte/ 11am–11pm / Wednesday-Saturday

    El Mercado Del Norte/11am–11pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    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 and live entertainment in the evening to get you out on the dance floor.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Crazy Horse Cantina/ 11am–10:30pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    Crazy Horse Cantina/ 11am–10:30pm

    OSD EVENTYESDANCEMUSIC

    The Crazy Horse Cantina, inside Mercado Del Norte, features a beer garden with live entertainment and is a favorite gathering spot for locals during Fiesta. It is host during the day to Fiesta's battle of the bands competition where aspiring new talent come to play.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Casa Cantina/ 12pm-12am/ Wednesday-Saturday

    Casa Cantina/12pm-12am

    COMMUNITY EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 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!

  • Thu Aug 6

    La Misa del Presidente/ 10am/ Thursday

    La Misa del Presidente/ 10am

    OSD EVENTFREE

    This Roman Catholic Mass dates back to the first day of Fiesta in 1936 and today is followed by a festive reception in the Mission’s Sacred Garden.

  • Thu Aug 6

    DIGS! (Celebración de los Dignatarios)/ 5–10pm/ Thursday, August 6, 2020

    DIGS! (Celebración de los Dignatarios)/ 5–10pm

    OSD EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Experience which wines and tequilas pair with a stunning sunset over the Pacific while you stroll the lush gardens of the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo. Come hungry, food from the Central Coast's finest eateries is included in the price of the ticket and drinks are included as well.

  • Thu Aug 6

    Professional Bull Riders (PBR)/ 7:00pm/ Thursday Aug 6, 2020

    Professional Bull Riders (PBR) 7:00pm

    OSD EVENTYESFOOD

    This is a great opportunity for rodeo fans of all ages to witness the greatest riders in the world – and where every seat is up close and personal! Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance...

  • Thu Aug 6

    Las Noches de Ronda/ 8pm/ Thursday-Saturday

    Las Noches de Ronda

    OSD EVENTFREEDANCEMUSIC

    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.

Friday, August 7, 2020

  • Wed Aug 5

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building take place between 10 AM and 3 PM, every 'half-hour' Wednesday thru Saturday and 'every-hour' Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours/ Wednesday

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTYES

    Come explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

  • Wed Aug 5

    El Mercado de la Guerra/ 11am to 11pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    El Mercado de la Guerra/ 11am to 11pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (across from City Hall) to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening.

  • Wed Aug 5

    El Mercado Del Norte/ 11am–11pm / Wednesday-Saturday

    El Mercado Del Norte/11am–11pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    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 and live entertainment in the evening to get you out on the dance floor.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Crazy Horse Cantina/ 11am–10:30pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    Crazy Horse Cantina/ 11am–10:30pm

    OSD EVENTYESDANCEMUSIC

    The Crazy Horse Cantina, inside Mercado Del Norte, features a beer garden with live entertainment and is a favorite gathering spot for locals during Fiesta. It is host during the day to Fiesta's battle of the bands competition where aspiring new talent come to play.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Casa Cantina/ 12pm-12am/ Wednesday-Saturday

    Casa Cantina/12pm-12am

    COMMUNITY EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 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!

  • Thu Aug 6

    Las Noches de Ronda/ 8pm/ Thursday-Saturday

    Las Noches de Ronda

    OSD EVENTFREEDANCEMUSIC

    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.

  • Fri Aug 7

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado/ 11am–9pm/ Friday-Sunday

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado/ 11am–9pm

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado serves up a wide array of authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment. Visit a local secret at 227 North Nopal Street and experience homemade goodness for the whole family!

  • Fri Aug 7

    El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade)/ 12noon/ Friday

    El Desfile Histórico (Historical Parade)/ 12pm (noon)

    OSD EVENTFREEDANCEMUSIC

    The Fiesta Historical Parade 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.

  • Fri Aug 7

    Flor y Canto/ 7pm/ Friday

    Flor y Canto/7pm

    OSD EVENTFREEDANCEMUSIC

    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.

  • Fri Aug 7

    PRCA Rodeo Performance/ 7:30pm/ Friday, Aug 7, 2020

    PRCA Rodeo Performance/7:30pm

    OSD EVENTYES

    Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association events, including Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. Bareback Riding, Tie down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Wed Aug 5

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building take place between 10 AM and 3 PM, every 'half-hour' Wednesday thru Saturday and 'every-hour' Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

  • Wed Aug 5

    El Mercado de la Guerra/ 11am to 11pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    El Mercado de la Guerra/ 11am to 11pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Stroll through a colorful Mexican market (across from City Hall) to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the early evening.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours/ Wednesday

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTYES

    Come explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Crazy Horse Cantina/ 11am–10:30pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    Crazy Horse Cantina/ 11am–10:30pm

    OSD EVENTYESDANCEMUSIC

    The Crazy Horse Cantina, inside Mercado Del Norte, features a beer garden with live entertainment and is a favorite gathering spot for locals during Fiesta. It is host during the day to Fiesta's battle of the bands competition where aspiring new talent come to play.

  • Wed Aug 5

    El Mercado Del Norte/ 11am–11pm / Wednesday-Saturday

    El Mercado Del Norte/11am–11pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    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 and live entertainment in the evening to get you out on the dance floor.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Casa Cantina/ 12pm-12am/ Wednesday-Saturday

    Casa Cantina/12pm-12am

    COMMUNITY EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the 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!

  • Thu Aug 6

    Las Noches de Ronda/ 8pm/ Thursday-Saturday

    Las Noches de Ronda

    OSD EVENTFREEDANCEMUSIC

    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.

  • Fri Aug 7

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado/ 11am–9pm/ Friday-Sunday

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado/ 11am–9pm

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado serves up a wide array of authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment. Visit a local secret at 227 North Nopal Street and experience homemade goodness for the whole family!

  • Sat Aug 8

    Annual El Desfile De Los Niños (Children's Parade)/ 10am/ Saturday

    Annual El Desfile De Los Niños

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    The charming Children's Parade is organized by the City Parks and Recreation Department. Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents, and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area.

  • Sat Aug 8

    Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show/ Sat 10am–6 pm; Sun 10am–5pm

    Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show/ Sat 10am–6 pm; Sun 10am–5pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOOD

    Stroll along the beautiful beachfront Cabrillo Boulevard just West of Stearns Wharf and browse for handmade treasures created by local artisans. The Arts and Crafts show is an all-day event on both Saturday and Sunday of Fiesta week.

  • Sat Aug 8

    Tardes de Ronda/ 1–5pm/ Saturday

    Tardes de Ronda/ 1–5pm

    OSD EVENTFREEDANCEMUSIC

    Held in the historical Sunken Gardens on Saturday afternoon, the always highly attended “Afternoon of Gaiety” features the talents of performers under the age of sixteen.

  • Sat Aug 8

    Courthouse Legacy Foundation’s Las Noches de Ronda/ 6:30-9:30pm/ Saturday

    Courthouse Legacy Foundation’s Las Noches de Ronda/ 6:30pm-9:30pm

    COMMUNITY EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    View Las Noches festivities from the Courthouse's 2nd Floor Loggia and Mural Room. You can also take in the breathtaking, sweeping city views from the Clock Tower. This exclusive, annual fundraiser for the Courthouse Legacy Foundation is not to be missed! Fiesta attire strongly encouraged. No tickets sold at door. Must be 21 to attend.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

  • Wed Aug 5

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free guided tours of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building take place between 10 AM and 3 PM, every 'half-hour' Wednesday thru Saturday and 'every-hour' Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

  • Wed Aug 5

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours/ Wednesday

    Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTYES

    Come explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

  • Fri Aug 7

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado/ 11am–9pm/ Friday-Sunday

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado/ 11am–9pm

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado serves up a wide array of authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment. Visit a local secret at 227 North Nopal Street and experience homemade goodness for the whole family!

  • Sat Aug 8

    Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show/ Sat 10am–6 pm; Sun 10am–5pm

    Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show/ Sat 10am–6 pm; Sun 10am–5pm

    OSD EVENTFREEFOOD

    Stroll along the beautiful beachfront Cabrillo Boulevard just West of Stearns Wharf and browse for handmade treasures created by local artisans. The Arts and Crafts show is an all-day event on both Saturday and Sunday of Fiesta week.

  • Sun Aug 9

    Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara Fiesta Car Show/ 10am–4pm/ Sunday

    Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara Fiesta Car Show/ 10am–4pm

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    All makes, all models car show at 632 East Canon Perdido Street on Sunday, August 4th, 10 AM – 4 PM. Featuring live music, vendors, beer garden, raffle prizes and lots of exceptional cars.