Fiesta Events Calendar 2023

Pre-Fiesta Events

  • Thu Jun 15

    Fiesta Ranchera

    Join us for a festive evening at the beautiful Rancho La Patera gardens to sample appetizers, wine, and beer from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. This is an All-Inclusive event! 

    June 15, 2023

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  • Sat Jul 8

    Fiesta Fashion Sale 2023 (Formerly Costume Sale)

    Don't miss out on this perfect opportunity to get Fiesta ready! Held at the Carriage and Western Art Museum, 129 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 on  Saturday, July 8, 2023
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sun Jul 30

    La Recepción del Presidente

    La Recepción del Presidente – The Santa Barbara Club
    Sunday, July 30, 2023

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

  • Wed Aug 2

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free one-hour docent-guided tours of this beautiful Spanish-Moorish Historic Landmark take place every hour between 10: 30 am and 3:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

  • Wed Aug 2

    El Mercado De La Guerra/ 11am to 10pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    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 2

    La Fiesta Pequeña

    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.

    Wednesday, August 2, 2023
    Old Mission Santa Barbara
    8 PM - 10 PM

Thursday, August 3, 2023

  • Wed Aug 2

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free one-hour docent-guided tours of this beautiful Spanish-Moorish Historic Landmark take place every hour between 10: 30 am and 3:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

  • Wed Aug 2

    El Mercado De La Guerra/ 11am to 10pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    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.

  • Thu Aug 3

    La Misa del Presidente/ 10am / Thursday

    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 3

    El Mercado de la Playa/ Thursday-Sunday

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    El Mercado de la Playa (Formerly Mercado del Norte) 
    Open Thursday-Saturday 12pm -10pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm
    La Playa Stadium parking lot at City College

  • Thu Aug 3

    DIGS! (Celebración de los Dignatarios)/ 5–10pm/ Thursday, August 4, 2022

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

    OSD EVENTYESFOODDANCEMUSIC

    DIGS! (Celebración de los Dignatarios)
    Thursday, August 3, 2023

  • Thu Aug 3

    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 4, 2023

  • Wed Aug 2

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free one-hour docent-guided tours of this beautiful Spanish-Moorish Historic Landmark take place every hour between 10: 30 am and 3:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

  • Wed Aug 2

    El Mercado De La Guerra/ 11am to 10pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    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.

  • Thu Aug 3

    El Mercado de la Playa/ Thursday-Sunday

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    El Mercado de la Playa (Formerly Mercado del Norte) 
    Open Thursday-Saturday 12pm -10pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm
    La Playa Stadium parking lot at City College

  • Thu Aug 3

    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 4

    The Historical Parade (El Desfile Histórico)

    OSD EVENTFREEDANCEMUSIC

    One of the largest equestrian parades in the country, 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.

    Along Cabrillo Boulevard from Castillo Street to Calle Puerto Vallarta (Santa Barbara Chromatic Gate) 

  • Fri Aug 4

    Flor y Canto

    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.

    Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens
    Friday, August 4, 2023
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 5, 2023

  • Wed Aug 2

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free one-hour docent-guided tours of this beautiful Spanish-Moorish Historic Landmark take place every hour between 10: 30 am and 3:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

  • Wed Aug 2

    El Mercado De La Guerra/ 11am to 10pm/ Wednesday-Saturday

    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.

  • Thu Aug 3

    El Mercado de la Playa/ Thursday-Sunday

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    El Mercado de la Playa (Formerly Mercado del Norte) 
    Open Thursday-Saturday 12pm -10pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm
    La Playa Stadium parking lot at City College

  • Thu Aug 3

    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.

  • Sat Aug 5

    Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show/ Sat 9am–6pm; Sun 9am–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 5

    El Desfile de los Niños (Children's Parade)

    Cabrillo Blvd, Garden Street to Calle Cesar Chavez
    10:00 AM

    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 5
  • Sat Aug 5

    Courthouse Legacy Foundation Fiesta Party / 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 is an exclusive annual fundraiser for the Courthouse Legacy Foundation.  Fiesta attire is strongly encouraged. No tickets sold at door. Must be 21 to attend.

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Sunday, August 6, 2023

  • Wed Aug 2

    Courthouse Fiesta Tours/ Wednesday-Sunday

    Santa Barbara County Courthouse Fiesta Tours

    COMMUNITY EVENTFREE

    Free one-hour docent-guided tours of this beautiful Spanish-Moorish Historic Landmark take place every hour between 10: 30 am and 3:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

  • Thu Aug 3

    El Mercado de la Playa/ Thursday-Sunday

    OSD EVENTFREEFOODDANCEMUSIC

    El Mercado de la Playa (Formerly Mercado del Norte) 
    Open Thursday-Saturday 12pm -10pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm
    La Playa Stadium parking lot at City College

  • Sat Aug 5

    Fiesta Arts & Crafts Show/ Sat 9am–6pm; Sun 9am–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.