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Category Archives: Fiesta

Fiesta Ranchera

by lesliedinaberg on June 13, 2016

Come celebrate Fiesta in June at the always fun Fiesta Ranchera party! Truly a great night out for locals, this is an awesome way to get into the spirit of Fiesta, Goleta style! On June 16, Fiesta Ranchera opens the Fiesta summer season with the help of Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society for an unforgettable […]

Editor’s Pick: La Fiesta Pequeña

by lesliedinaberg on July 31, 2015

One of Old Spanish Days’ most beautiful traditions is the official opening of Fiesta, which has taken place in front of the Santa Barbara Mission since 1927. Always free to the public, La Fiesta Pequeña (“little Fiesta”) is a colorful historical program with traditional songs and dances from the Californio, Flamenco, Spanish Classical and Mexican […]

La Primavera Fiesta Kick Off

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2015

Last weekend was the official kick off for the 2015 Fiesta season, La Primavera, where El Presidente Cas Stimson unveiled the official Fiesta theme, poster design, and pin. The theme, Fiesta Romántica, states Stimson, “recalls the time in the early 19th century when people met at parties filled with music and dance… that lasted for days! During this charming […]

Cocktail Corner: Viva la Sangria!

by lesliedinaberg on August 2, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Of course, nothing will ever usurp the Margarita as my Fiesta drink of choice. As I’ve written in this column before, “Margaritas are part of the DNA of Santa Barbara and—along with buying Cascarones and seeing old friends—one of my favorite ways to celebrate Old […]

Don’t Miss Fiesta’s Wildest Party

by lesliedinaberg on July 31, 2014

As longtime locals know, Celebración de Los Dignatarios—Fiesta’s wildest party at the Santa Barbara Zoo—is the hot place to dance the night away alongside lions, snow leopards, elephants and elected officials! With live entertainment, dancing to King Bee (a personal favorite), mariachis, margaritas and tempting treats from more than 20 local restaurants, not to mention loads of […]

Marilyn Horne Named “Honorary La Diva of Old Spanish Days”

by lesliedinaberg on July 23, 2014

Viva la Fiesta and Viva la Diva! This summer, The Music Academy of the West presents the 2014 Carmen Celebration; a special series of events in honor of the legendary opera singer Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday. As part of this series, the Music Academy has partnered with Old Spanish Days to celebrate Horne, director of the […]

Viva La Fiesta!

by lesliedinaberg on July 29, 2011

Love it or hate it, Leslie does both Like many Santa Barbarians, I have a love/hate relationship with Fiesta. I’m not one of those people who flee from town every Fiesta, but you’ll also never catch me running for La Presidenta. My ambivalence started when I was a kid, and like most things when you’re […]

Fiesta celebration a quiet one for law enforcement

by lesliedinaberg on August 12, 2004

This year’s Fiesta celebration went off with few hitches, which is just the way law enforcement likes it. “This Fiesta had fewer large problems than the last several recent Fiestas,” said police Lt. Paul McCaffrey, a department spokesman. He credits much of the success to the preplanning and prior year analysis that goes into making […]

History On Parade

by lesliedinaberg on August 5, 2004

Along a route of less than three miles, El Desfile Histórico makes a colorful connection to Santa Barbara’s past. Friday’s Old Spanish Days parade is always one of the highlights of Santa Barbara’s annual Fiesta festivities. El Desfile Histórico, themed as “a celebration of early Santa Barbara,” will be the fruit of hundreds of hours […]

Some do want to get away for Fiesta

by lesliedinaberg on August 5, 2004

There are plenty of sanctuaries within driving distance. Santa Barbarans have a love/hate relationship with Fiesta. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of people and a lot of festivities to deal with for four days straight. If you start to feel like one more chorus of “La Bamba” will put you over […]