Old Spanish Days Fiesta Stories

Slideshow: Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2016

For nearly one entire week in August, Old Spanish Days takes over Santa Barbara for a colorful, exciting, contagious fiesta. The festivities include dancing, singing, confetti-filled cascarones, food, games and rides, a rodeo, and many more fun-filled events. This year's Fiesta theme is a "Coastal Frontier."

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Slideshow: 2016 Old Spanish Days Flor y Canto

Flor y Canto is a rare opportunity to see the original Spanish California dances and songs of the 19th Century. Interwoven with historic narration, the unique dances and songs at Flor y Canto are performed much as they would have been 170 years ago.

Fiesta Clean Up is Underway

Fiesta Cleanup Comes With Power Washing and Brooms - and it Still May Not be Enough

Five days of Fiesta fun in Santa Barbara, which included thousands of festive confetti eggs smashing in all directions downtown, leaves behind quite a clean up scene.  That's what was taking place today.

Las Noches de Ronda

Las Noches de Ronda Sizzled on Saturday Night In Santa Barbara

Las Noches de Ronda puts the spotlight on more mature dances and costumes at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens during Old Spanish Days.

Fiesta car show benefits Boys Girls Club

Fiesta Classic Car Show Set To Become Annual Benefit

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara hosted it first Fiesta Celebration Car show and it included a BBQ  and chili cook-off.

Hollywood lighting lights up mission for show

Hollywood Lighting Lights Up Old Mission

La Fiesta Pequena's dress rehearsal helps lighting expert Eric Esse get it right.

Fiesta Children's Parade Takes Over Downtown Santa Barbara

The Children's Fiesta Parade celebrated its 86th year on Saturday.

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Unused Fiesta Flowers Placed At Santa Barbara Cemetery

Hundreds of surplus Fiesta flowers not going to waste. They're all taken to the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

El Desfile Historico Brings Thousands to Santa Barbara to Celebrate Fiesta

A colorful equestrian parade with over 80 entries brings out thousands in Santa Barbara.  El Desfile Historico was like turning back the hands of time to the early Spanish, Mexican, Ranchero, Native American and Religious days of the Central Coast.

Law Enforcement Keep Peace During Large Crowds at Old Spanish Days

Fiesta celebrations are underway in Downtown Santa Barbara. 


Our Lady Of Guadalupe Mercado Opens for Fiesta

If you want to enjoy Fiesta without the downtown crowds, you may want to check out one of the best kept local secrets; The Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercado.

La Misa Del Presidente at the Mission

La Misa del Presidente Ties a Religious Message to Old Spanish Days Theme

The sound of bells ringing at the Santa Barbara Old Mission welcomed dignitaries from Old Spanish Days, guests and members of the public to a special mass for Fiesta 2016.

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