Santa Barbara Fiesta

I was recently in one of my favorite places Santa Barbara for some business, some friend time, and to partake in the celebration of the City’s annual Fiesta, or “old Spanish days” that has been a tradition for 95 years. Spanish & Mexican culture and heritage are a huge part of SB history (all of California & around the Southwest really, and mine) and it should be revered 🇲🇽 🇪🇸

I couldn’t believe I had not been here for the event before - which runs three days - and kicks off with a huge parade (apparently one of the biggest equestrian events with over 600 horses), which the entire city gets behind. I made sure to vist an exhibit at the local historic society to learn more, and enjoy the many events, which include food tents, dancing, rodeos, and more. It felt strangely emotional, given the current state of affairs in the United States, to see so many people come together to celebrate heritage and culture.


From the City: Old Spanish Days Fiesta draws large and loyal crowds to Santa Barbara year after year, in celebration of Santa Barbara’s heritage and traditions. From July 31 – August 4, the streets of Santa Barbara are bursting with music, dancing, time-honored traditions, authentic cuisine, and so much more. We encourage you to immerse yourself in the history, culture, spirit and merriment that is Old Spanish Days. Watch the parade, dance in the street, and eat until you can eat no more. Most importantly, don’t forget to join in the fun of cascarones. This time-honored tradition of cracking a confetti-filled egg on a friend’s head will never get old.